With Christmas almost less than 100 days away, we are already dreaming about the festive season. We’ve even seen Christmas goodies in the shops already and have sneaked in a couple of carols on the car stereo.

But if budgets are tight, preparing for Christmas can be a bit daunting. So let’s get organised early this year and start looking at how to cost cut in the run-up to the (expensive) festive season.

Here are my favourite Chrismas on A Budget Tips

1. Aluminium foil makes wonderful wrapping paper for gifts. Tie with a red or green ribbon and it looks like it’s been professionally wrapped!

2. Avoid the temptations of buying more than you can afford and always make sure everything sticks within your budget limit.

3. As for your gift list, you should really include only the people that matter most to you. For the people you work with and for any other similar categories, all you will need to do is bring some homemade cookies and the problem will be eventually solved.

4. One of the easiest ways to save money at Christmas is to change the types of gifts that you purchase for others. Instead of spending $50 on a foot massager that you think your recipient might like, why not purchase a $20 home pedicure kit instead that you know he or she will love?

5. You should also consider making some of your presents at your home. This way you will have the possibility to save more and your presents will be more original and creative. Every real friend will appreciate your effort and be very thankful to you.

6. Food is always one of the keys to success. If you dedicate some of your free time to cook some delicious food and invite your friends over for a Christmas dinner, they will most definitely appreciate this more than they would a usual present.

7. Important Lesson: Learn That You Can’t and Shouldn’t Buy for Everyone!

8. There is no rule, written or otherwise that says you should buy Christmas gifts for every acquaintance, co-worker, or branch on your family tree. Go through your Christmas list and carefully weed out those who are distant relatives, people you aren’t all that close to, and friends you seldom see.

Do remember what Christmas is all about and enjoy your family and have a safe Christmas and New Year.

Did you know…

Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzer, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castrati.

Ancient peoples, such as the Druids, considered mistletoe sacred because it remains green and bears fruit during the winter when all other plants appear to die. Druids would cut the plant with golden sickles and never let it touch the ground. They thought it had the power to cure infertility and nervous diseases and to ward off evil.

Early illustrations of St. Nicholas depict him as stern, commanding, and holding a birch rod. He was more a symbol of discipline and punishment than the jolly, overweight man we know as Santa Clause.

What is your best pre-Christmas budget tip? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Wrapping paper is cheap enough in comparison to foil. I like to wrap gifts in things like tea towels etc so the recipient can re-use the ‘paper’.


  • Christmas seems to come around faster and faster each year.


  • I like the advice, but honestly once you buy the food to cook for guests sometimes that works out quite expensive.


  • I can’t seen how foil works out cheaper than wrapping paper. But not over doing the gift buying is something I aways struggle with


  • I like the al foil idea as something different. i also try to pick up stocking fillers or some presents throughout the year when things are on sale – particularly end of financial year sales. However not big ticket items that have a warranty as the warranty would already be 6 months old then by the time the recipient got it. Baking is often a nice gift to give someone as well.


  • You can get cheap wrapping paper. I wouldn’t use Aluminium foil.


  • Definitely make lists and stick to them. I make my lists earlier around this time and start keeping an eye for items I want to be on sale or check out shops on line for bargains. If you buy now on line you’ll definitely receive them in time for Christmas.
    We also do a Kris Kringle for the adults. Makes it way easier and cheaper than buying for parents, sisters, brothers. We do $150 so you can still get something decent but when you’re spending around $50 per person we were spending will over $500 so this way saves times and money


  • I try to start things early but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. This year we’re heading overseas for Christmas so it’ll just be us – no presents for anyone other than the kids (when I say kids I mean our nieces and nephew).


  • I always start shopping early and tend to mostly buy things on sale. It’s rare for me to pay full price for anything.


  • These are some brilliant tips for the Festive season.


  • Yes I have started with a few Christmas carols!
    Had not heard of aluminium wrapping paper – will try this one out! We do presents simply these days and do a lot of baking or home made, it’s a lot of fun.


  • I buy gifts through the year to spread out the cost. I recycle previous years’ Christmas cards into gift tags. For some presents, I use scarves, tea towels or cushion covers for wrapping – two gifts in one!


  • I dedicate a few days over December to make Rumballs, White Christmas Fudge & Sugar Cookies to use for gifts for friends & Neighbours. I just put them in a jar and tie a big bow around it. Everyone always looks forward to my Christmas treats :)


  • Some great tips, thanks! I don’t agree with aluminium foil either


  • Lucky I only have to buy for two people


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