Tips To Save Money – Easy Ways To Save Money On Christmas Gifts

March 6, 2009 by  
Filed under On Gifts

Christmas time is always going to mean spending, and sometimes a lot of it. Research has shown that residents of the U.S spend a large percentage of all spending at Christmas time. Every year many experience a growth in gifts to be given and nowadays it is increasingly difficult to make the cash flow go far. However there are methods to cut your spending without sacrificing quality. Following are a few effective tips to save money at Christmas.

The sentiment of gifts that have been given a lot of thought as opposed to a quick but expensive gift are still appreciated. Instead of beginning the Christmas shopping on the 22nd of December, start a little earlier and with a bit of thought and pre-planning you can acquire surprisingly cheap but charming gifts.

At any time of the year always keep a look out for suitable gifts. Around the festive season, many items shoot up in price where other times of the year they are low priced. If you buy your gifts throughout the year at a better price not only will you be saving on the item itself but you will not notice the expense as much, if at all.

A great time to start your Christmas shopping is in January for the sales, however, you would be forgiven for not being in the mood to start all over again. But keep in mind a gift just here and there all adds up.

It is easy to overlook sales offers and money saving coupons but if you are thinking ahead, you can use these in conjunction with your gifts, again saving money and reducing that Christmas list. Instead of throwing out these old magazine and papers, scan for special offers, you’ll be surprised at the amount you can find.

It is so much easier these days to get the best deal all from the comfort of your home. Scan shops online for the best deals and buying online can significantly reduce cost and save money on fuel and sometimes sales tax.

Don’t underestimate the value of dollar stores. Ok, there can be a lot of useless items but often there are excellent little gifts to use as additional presents, or fun presents. These stores are also very good for wrapping paper and other nic nacs needed at Christmas time, some sell Christmas paraphernalia all year round.

Recycling a gift that has never been used and left unopened is a practical way for saving money and clearing space as well as the item actually being enjoyed by someone. Just remember who gave you the gift, you don’t want the embarrassment of giving the gift back to the same person.

Look out for discount prices in yard sales, if you look hard enough you can find some fantastic items that can be spruced up and made to look as good as new. Frequently you can find items that are unused and still in the original packaging for a hugely reduced price.

There is always the make-your-own gifts which could include gift hampers/baskets. You can save money by making these gifts yourself at a small percentage of the price they are sold as a complete package. A little creativity goes a long way to cut costs on that enormous bill at Christmas time.