Bah Humbug! 3 tips to save money and enjoy the Spirit of Christmas
‘Tis the season to spend money you don’t have on stuff you don’t need.
OK, so that’s a very negative way of viewing the Festive season – but it pretty accurately sums up Christmas for most people nonetheless.
Before into the nitty-gritty of this post, let me declare that I am Mr Millionaire Marathon is nota Scrooge at Christmas. In fact, I love Christmas; but I’ve come to realise that the true spirit of Christmas is being lost, as too many people focus on the consumerist aspects of Christmas and forget about the three pillars of Christmas: Charity, Family and Friends.
By all means, give presents to those loved ones – but don’t try to keep up with the Joneses, and for Heaven’s sake don’t get into debt to do it!
OK, rant over. Here are my top tips to save money and feel better at Christmas:
1) Bake, don’t buy
Baking cakes, mince pies and lemon curds – whatever your poison – is a great way to save money but also give a present that really has the personal touch. I did this with my Dad a few Christmases ago and I can’t recommend it enough. It actually becomes a fun activity in itself (trust me, it’s infinitely more pleasurable than fighting your way through the shops at Christmas) and can be a great way to get into the Festive Spirit. Just make sure you play the Christmas music while you’re at it!
2) Give to charity on someone else’s behalf
This one might not necessarily save you money but it could make you feel a little more special this Christmas. According to a YouGov survey, Britons will receive 60 million unwanted gifts this Christmas – that’s almost one for every man, woman and child in the country! Just think what could be achieved if all that money spent on those unwanted gifts was donated to charity instead.
3) Get paid to shop
If you must buy all that stuff, then why not get paid to do it? Cashback sites like TopCashback and Quidco can help you cut the cost of the Christmas shop – but just remember not to get tempted into buying something purely because you can get the cashback. Work out what you want to buy before you check what cashback is on offer.