Christmas on a budget – Money everybody wants it, everybody needs it, everybody loves it, but unfortunately not everybody has it, so how do those people afford Christmas.
When you think of poverty you tend to think of the homeless and those with little household income, but there are more people than what you may think experiencing some sort of poverty and you may not know it, whether that be due to families being torn by a divorce or a parent losing their job etc.
But money isn’t everything and you can enjoy Christmas whether you’re giving very little or can’t give anything at all, because after all Christmas is about family and forgiveness, the best presents are free and don’t cost anything at all, be that a hug, a handmade item, or simply a smile.
However, there are ways of getting the most out of Christmas especially if you’re on a budget, this next part is for you.
- Check charity shops
- You’d be surprised what stuff you can find!
- Buy some of your food from the supermarket reduced section
- usually around 4/5pm
- Get creative
- a handmade gift can be just as special as a shop bought one
- Candle the place up
- If you don’t want to splash out on a multitude of lights then get some candles which can make just as a magical, cosy effect
- Yes, simple but effective you can usually find what you’re looking for, half the price
- Don’t spend what you can’t afford
- Self-explanatory, but please please please don’t feel like you have to take out a loan; if you can’t afford something, don’t pressure yourself to buy it.
At the end of the day, I reckon Christmas is overrated, just a little I mean its over in literally 24 hours and then what? I guarantee about 3 months down the line, half the toys/games you bought for your little ones, families, friends will go under the bed or in the toy box and not be played with, so don’t worry, and just enjoy spending time with your loved ones, because trust me that will create the best memories not some £10 gift card for next or HMV.