As one of the most anticipated and enjoyed holidays of the year, Christmas is both an exciting and rewarding time in which families come together and nearly go bankrupt buying each other presents.
Some presents are, of course, more expensive than others, so it is worth doing a little bit of planning before the festive period in order to ensure you can afford it. Here are some of the ways you can start saving early for Christmas.
Whether it’s an electric scooter for kids or a new car for an older teenager, if you’re planning on buying a pricey gift then you will need to know exactly how much it will set you back. You can then start to construct a weekly or monthly budget which will allow you to cut down on expenditure leading up to Christmas.
When budgeting, try to first focus on cutting out any unnecessary expenditure first and then focus on tightening up the purse in any other areas where you regularly spend money. Even small savings can build up, so the earlier you start, the less you will have to save to be able to afford that dream gift.
It may sound a little out there, but you can actually make some fairly decent returns from investing regularly in the likes of stocks and shares, bonds, ISAs and so on. Now, to be able to get enough of a return to afford Christmas presents every year may take a few years of building a diversified investment portfolio (depending on your income), but once you have a profitable one you can use it to contribute towards presents, or even buy them outright.
It is worth looking at some of the different ways to invest, investment strategies, and investment options to find something which works for you.
If you have already found the ideal gift for your child, then it is worth bearing in mind that it will be probably be sold by multiple different competing businesses, so shopping around could save you a great deal of money.
For a start, some might have your item included in a sale, or some may simply just be cheaper than the rest. Do whatever you can to find a way to cut down on the cost of the actual gift/gifts (price matching, looking for discounts etc.) and you’re sure to find that you’ll make significant savings.
Planning ahead for Christmas as early as possible will save you heaps of stress (and money), so it is well worth careful consideration, especially if you have your eyes on pricier gifts. Take these points into account and you’ll surely find saving much easier.