1. Planning is the big first step for the Christmas season. This will make you avoid rush buying on December and able to spend your budget wisely. Evaluate your last year’s expenditures, and make an effort to maximize your budget this year.
2. Create your own gifts. If you plan in advance, you will have more time to create your own gifts. Get out of those creative juices and start doing them in your free time. If you can do some simple bracelets or accessories for women,something knitted,sewn, or personalized cards. Inspite of availability of e-cards and other online greeting cards, a more personal one is the best. A gift done with great efforts will certainly surprise the lucky recipient.
3. Check your old stuff at home (brand new items that are not in use for quite sometime). Sometimes we may have some items at home that we bought just for excitement and kept in the cabinet. This will save us from buying a new one.
4. When buying a christmas tree, get the appropriate size for you home. A smaller one that is just right for your receiving area will also cut your electrical bills from your christmas tree lights.
4. When shopping, do not carry a lot of cash, just enough for your shopping list. You may be tempted and fall into impulse buying.
5. Sale Items. Prices months before December or before the season are much lower. It is always advisable to buy in advance. If you are keen enough, you may find good items on sale.
6. When using credit card, keep track of your expenses same as if you are carrying cash.