Christmas is coming and it is already time to prepare the gifts of your loved ones. Therefore it is a period where you will spend more or even find yourself uncovered. That said the magic of Christmas operates … And yes you will slam all that money without feeling guilty because you do not spend on you.
The traders know it well. At Christmas we hesitate less, we crack more no matter the price because we want to please. So here are some tips to not ruin you.
MAKE A BUDGET
You will have to start by calculating what you will be able to spend for Christmas. (I said what you’ll be able to do and not what you’ll allow yourself). In short, you must always try to spend less than what you earn (God knows _ and me too _ that it is not always easy). To manage your budget.
MAKE A LIST OF EXPENSES
Once your total budget is established, you need to determine who you want to give gifts to, what you want to give them and how much you can put per person. The good news is that the internet is here for you. You will be able to compare prices, find offers. It’s simple for example tata Maurice wants a new dish for her meatballs and grandmother Yeta a new extravagant gem. You have 100 euros of budget, 2 gifts to make. Either you take a dish at 30 euros and a jewel at 70, a dish at 60 euros and a jewel at 40, 50-50. In short, you understood the principle.
To help you I have prepared a Budget Planner, you will find 5 columns. The names of the people to whom you are offering a gift. Estimated budget per person. The actual price (to be filled once purchased). The gift chosen. In which store or which site you found it at the best price. And a note / sticky note.
This Budget Planner allows you to have a global vision on your expenses. I use it personally and it helps me a lot.
YOU CAN MAKE SOME GIFTS
I think you should not be ashamed of not buying a gift. A DIY made exclusively for one person can be a much more personal and appreciated gift than a book selected at random or a box of soap Yves Rocher (it goes we have all received at least one). Many blogs show the emergence of techniques to create solid shampoos, cosmetics or home decorations, small wooden furniture, woven carpets. I think it can be a great alternative. On Pinterest, I created a table ” DIY ” that can inspire you. (Do not hesitate to follow it I feed it regularly)
TAKE IT IN ADVANCE.
I know, you have 10,000 things to think about and you tend to always postpone buying gifts. That’s why each year you find yourself on December 24 at 18h looking for the perfect gift. By taking you in advance you will have more choices, more offers and you will not find yourself at the foot of the wall to spend 30 euros more per person because of the clock ticks.