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PostSubject: Xmas on a budget   Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:18 am

There are few tips to Christmas on a budget I picked up along the way that I would love to share with you:

1. Make a Christmas budget – before you start shopping write down the amount you can spend

2. Make a Christmas list – don’t shop without a list. Write down the name of each person and the amount you will spend on them. Then write down the present or presents you would like to buy. Look for the best price. Sometimes you can save up to 70% by comparing and looking around. Make sure you have alternate gifts in case the one they really want is out of you budget.

3. Make Your Own Presents – many of us have certain skills and talents so why not use them to give personal gifts from the heart. More ways to save money and surprise our friends and love ones.

4. Make a Christmas dinner menu in advance – start shopping early for items on sale. If you start shopping 4 weeks before Christmas you will end up with lots of great deals. If you are hosting Christmas dinner for a large group don’t be afraid to tell your family and friends to bring certain food items or dishes to contribute.

5. Join or start Christmas Baking Exchange – this is a great way to save money and end up with lots of baked goodies. All you have to do is bake bigger amount of one or two kinds. You don’t need to spend big chunk of your Christmas budget on expensive baking supplies to have a variety.

6. Make inexpensive Christmas decorations and have quality fun time with your family. Perfect and easy Christmas decorations are garlands from popcorn and cranberries. They look so beautiful and festive on your Christmas tree. Make your own centerpieces with pine cones and evergreens. The possibilities are endless. All you need is your imagination.

Frugal Christmas is nothing to be depressed about. Once you try it you’ll never go back to the ways you used to celebrate Christmas.

Anybody even with a tiny Christmas budget can turn frugal Christmas into the most magical time of the year. All you need is your family, friends and little bit of imagination.

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas on a budget   Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:23 am

I had my first budget or frugal xmas last year and i cant begin to tell you how humbling and wonderful it was.
The sheer pleasure i took from making gifts and spending time on them cheered me up no end, i never would have dreampt there would be time to "mess about" with things before, i spent so much time dressing things up and enjoyed the experience immensely.

Even if by some miracle we were to get back on our feet finacially, i wouldnt want to change what ive learned and i hope to continue to mess around each year now :D x

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