Christmas (or any large holiday) can be a time for celebration, but it can also be a time of worry for adults who wonder how they’re going to afford all of the gifts, food, and treats. With money tight for many people this year, check out these tips on reducing some of the costs associated with the festive season.
Making your own gifts doesn’t have to take too much time or money. Get your kids to help you bake and decorate cookies, make some delicious truffles, or ask a gifted artist in your household to create something beautiful. Wrap it up using pieces of wrapping paper left over from other celebrations, or use tissue paper which can be bought for cheap in most party stores.
One of the biggest expenses of a big meal will be the joint of meat or bird you’re serving up. Why not serve a vegetarian centerpiece, like a pie or nut roast, with some sausages on the side to satisfy any meat cravings? This keeps costs low whilst ensuring you have some delicious food to offer guests.
You can get your kids to make some fun decorations (most children love a good old-fashioned paper chain), or check out thrift stores and second-hand options for retro, interesting decorations that will be unlike anyone else’s. Branches of holly can also make gorgeous natural decorations, but take care not to take too much, as birds need the berries over the winter.