It's almost that time of year again! The time of year that either brings joy or dread in your heart! It's Christmas time of course! The most expensive time of the year more often than the most wonderful time of the year unfortunately 🤔 Need some help navigating the landmines of overcharged cards & gift regrets? I'm here to give you 5 Thrifty Ways to Buy Christmas Presents on a tight budget!
1. Buy Used! Now this may seem like a major no no, but why? Is there shame in buying good, used items to gift? I certainly don't think so! Especially if you're looking for toys this is a fantastic option for you. There are loads of great consignment stores, thrift stores, and even used bookstores. Most of them offer great bargains for gently used or many times, brand new items! I usually pay 1/10-1/3 of the new price. That really stretches my dollars! My husband just recently got 2 brand new looking heavy duty coats for our 2 son's at a high end consignment shop. The total price: $32! That was the price of just one brand new coat!
2. Make it! This is a wonderful option and you can do so many things with it. For example, you can make quilts, clothes, crocheted or knitted items, baked goods, whole freezer meals, ECT.
3. Give experiences, not toys. This is overlooked way to often, but think back to your childhood on your favorite memories. Are they about toys, gadgets and presents you got? Or are they about people and places and even trips? Some of my fondest memories are of little day trips I took with my parents. I hardly remember any toys they bought, but I remember the trips we took about 100 miles from our home. They were so special!
4. Regift. Ooh, this one seems so tacky, but it's really not! Just think for a moment of all the things you store in your home that you.never.use. They may be new or in great condition but you just can't get rid of them because someone bought them for you. The really sad part is there is probably someone you know that could really use or love this specific item. Why not give it to them this Christmas? Wrap it really cute and toss in a homemade card and you have a grateful friend and a little less clutter, all for FREE!
5. Buy presents jointly. This is a dandy idea that often gets overlooked. It would work perfectly with grandparents and aunts and uncles. You could all go together and buy one super nice gift for the kids. It's a great way to combine finances and instead of getting 3 or 4 things that they don't really want or need they could get 1 really nice gift!
I hope this gives you some great ideas for overcoming the money stress at Christmas! It doesn't have to be the most expensive time of the year!
If you're needing a few creative ways to earn a little extra for Christmas then check out this article I wrote on that! 5 Frugal Ways to Save for Christmas!