Happy Monday! Hope you’ve had a great weekend? Mine has been filled with Christmas shopping on an extreme budget! It’s been pretty good though and I’ve quite enjoyed seeing what treasures I can find for the lowest price possible (I hope that doesn’t sound too cheap, I was aiming for frugal)!
The costs for Christmas can really add up and my budget is feeling the pressure already. Presents are obviously costly especially when you have many to buy for but aside from those, there’s food to buy, decorations, cards and gift wrapping materials to worry about too. I’ve spent far too much money on Christmas wrapping items in previous years particularly because I like to colour co-ordinate everything. But this Christmas, I’m determined to spend as little as possible!
So far, I haven’t had to spend anything on gift wrapping! Here’s why:
1. I’m making homemade Christmas gift tags
Luckily for me, I kept all the beautiful cards we received last year and as you can see in the above photo, I’ve now made 32 gift tags to use for this Christmas! My daughter helped me cut these out from the old cards and she thoroughly enjoyed herself as did I actually. It was really easy to make homemade Christmas gift tags! I’ll just add a little ribbon and sellotape to attach to presents when I wrap them and we’ve saved ourselves a few pounds in the process.
2. By recycling ribbon and bows
I also saved a lot of bows from last year’s presents after they’d been unwrapped (from ours and the rest of my family!) so I’ll be reusing these. I got a few odd looks at the time but it was worth it!
3. I’m using old wrapping paper and Christmas cards
I had a few rolls of wrapping paper left over from last year and I even have a few spare unused Christmas cards which I’ll be making the most of this time around! I’m really glad I hoarded all this stuff because this is one area that I won’t have to shell out for this Christmas!
Can you save money on Christmas necessities this year?
- Christmas Money Making Challenge
- How to survive buying gifts for others when paying back debt
- Where does your loose change go?
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