Christmas may well be one of the most wonderful times of year, but for many of us, it can prove to be one of the most expensive times of the year too. Retailers tend to exploit the tradition of gift giving by fostering a social pressure to spend more than we have available to us to show loved ones just how loved they are. This is bizarre. Anyone who loves you wouldn’t want you working your way into debt for the sake of gifting them! The good news is that you don’t have to necessarily entirely opt out of gift giving in order to spend within your means. Here are just a couple of things that you can do to minimise your spending over the holidays!
If you see something that you want to buy, you should shop around before purchasing it. Don’t settle on the first retailer that offers it to you – chances there are plenty more suppliers out there offering the same goods at lower prices.
Avoid Impulse Buys
Impulse buys can prove extremely costly. But sales staff tend to put the pressure on in stores around this time of year in order to reach their high targets. Instead, give yourself time to mull every purchase over. You may come to the conclusion that a cheaper item would give just as much joy to its intended recipient.
Search for Voucher Codes
The infographic below from Netvouchercodes.co.uk shows just how much most of us end up spending on toys over the festive period. If you’re going to be purchasing toys online, it’s a great idea to search for voucher codes, which can significantly reduce the price tag attached to products you’re intending to buy anyway.
Infographic Design By NetVoucherCodes.co.uk
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.