ONE RULE: Set the budget in advance
Write down a list of things you will need to buy, which includes food, presents, decorations & anything else you'd want to buy (be reasonable with that though)
Food. What food do you want? Google Christmas meals and see which ones of them you want. Do you remember any from your childhood that you'd want?. Make a list of that.
Presents. How many people do you want to gift? I'd suggest you only gift your closest family (as in your mom, dad & siblings). Once you've decided on that, think about what do you want to give them? Write a few options for each person, at different prices that are still low.
Decorations. How do you want to decorate? Do you want your own christmas tree? How much does a christmas tree cost? Check the prices online and/or in the store(s)
Final step: Get rid of the inessential things.
Hint: It helps if you split the bill with people you'll be celebrating Holidays with.
Do it my way:
Budget: I've set my budget on $100
Food: I am having most of the traditional Polish Christmas Eve dishes this year. The ingredients really don't cost alot if you know where to buy.
Presents: I decided to gift only my closest family (Mum, Dad, Brother, Sister & my three dogs). I'm giving each one of them a small gift within $5, which is a great gesture but not too expensive. I can't tell you what I got them, but I will post links that might help you out, as they helped me.
Decorations: This year, I decided that I will only buy lights, and borrow/take unused Christmas stuff from my friends&family home. That way I got : 2x Christmas lights, 1xA stocking, 1xMini christmas, already decorated. (The post about them is below). The lights only cost me $3 per each.
What are your ways to spend less?
Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukkah!
Hi, I believe that there is no one today who is you-er than you.