Adulting 101: Christmas shopping on a budget.

Now I’m gonna let you in on a secret here, there is a rhyme which I use when I’m buying my loved ones gifts which help me cover all bases and gives me ideas of what to get them. “Buy them something they want and something they need, something to wear and something to read. Something to eat, something to drink, and something that will make them think”.

This is something used by parents and there is a BBC article all about it, they use the four gift rule which is want, need, wear and read. This helps with not spending a huge amount of money and also not buying a load of crap to clutter the house or end up in landfill. However though this isn’t a rule for everyone, I usually only apply this to my immediate family, my closest friends and my boyfriend because that can end up getting quite expensive. This is a really good rule for if you have children though so you’re not buying streams and streams of toys. It is also better for our environment when we’re not buying so many plastic toys or bits of non necessary things.

Here are more tips of how to Christmas shop on a budget:

  • Take advantage of any sales at any point of the year (Yes I do buy some Christmas presents in the summer sales). If you’re buying beauty gifts take advantage of boots or Superdrug’s 3 for 2 offers or percentages off gift sets on the run up to Christmas
  • Budget and save with a few months in advance, so from the first week of September I save away £20 a week to create myself a budget for Christmas which covers presents, Christmas parties, christmas nights out, food and secret Santa’s. Between 1st September and the week of Christmas you should’ve saved around £380 which will cover everything if you spend your money right
  • Make sure to write down who you’re definitely buying for and any ideas you have for them so you can shop around in good time before you’re rushing around getting anything you can
  • Handmake things where you can to cut down the costs, this is especially good if you’re wanting to make a few for different people

Thank you for reading my post today and I hope to see you around these parts again soon!

Alex x

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    1. Thank you for reading and for commenting, I heard it a few years back and have loved the saying. Think it is so helpful when buying multiple presents for someone! Especially if you’re wanting to save money. Alex x

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    1. Yeah I think there are a few versions of the saying, it depends on how much you want to spend/buy but I think it’s always good to have a guideline for ideas. Thank you for reading and commenting. Alex x

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  1. Yess Alex, so true! I definitely try to shop around throughout the year. It’s a struggle to save money until this point but I do my best with that! It helps to know what the specific prices of a certain item are so that you can tell whether they’re really on “sale” or not!

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    1. It does help spread the cost across the year which makes Christmas less of a money drain. Yeah that’s so true, thank you for reading and commenting x

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. No problem I’m glad you find it helpful and useful, I always find it gives me inspiration for present ideas. Alex x

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  2. Sometimes, I buy Christmas gifts in the summer if I know someone who would really like the item. I also watch for sales during the Christmas season.

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    1. Thank you so much, you’re normally the queen of organisation so I’m surprised that you’re not ready for Christmas yet! Hit me up if you wanna go shopping and I will help you out! Alex x

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it and found it somewhat useful. Me too girl me too, I HATE spending money if I don’t need to so I like trying to find good deals! Alex x

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  3. I love that rhyme! I absolutely did not prepare or budget for Christmas and I think the saving 20 quid since september every week is such a smart idea?!!? Damn it!! Just when I have no money too ahhh

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    1. It’s quite a good one isn’t it, I always try too because it’s always such a rush to have money in December from one pay day. Awh no, hopefully this will prepare you for next year haha x

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