Black Friday is over. If you haven’t found the ideal gift during the largest shopping event of the year (at a massive discount, of course), you still have almost a month to buy the perfect one for your loved ones. People usually tend to spend a lot during this time of the year, but there are ways in which you can reduce the bills and spare some change for the new year. These tips might help you do just that.
Start saving early to ease the pressure in December
Oops… it’s a bit late for this tip to influence your budget this year. But it’s OK – Christmas will come next year, at the same time, right? You can start planning – even shopping – for the holiday starting on New Year’s Day, so that when the time comes, you’ll have reserves to go to.
You can start to set aside a certain amount – a couple of hundred, for example – in September, October and November, and you’ll have a bigger budget in December.
Order online, cheaper
You can save yourself the fuss of running around and hunting down gifts by using a price comparison website to find the best deals for your target products. And you can do it easily while listening to music or playing online casino games: load the website, search for the product and find the one with the lowest price. But make sure you choose the one with the most advantageous terms, too – sometimes shipping fees can raise the price of a product above what you would expect.
Make your dinner costs thinner
The Christmas dinner is one of the richest, but also the most expensive, meals of the year. On this night we celebrate with meats and gravy, pies and cakes, and whatever else your tongue might desire. But rich doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive – you can save on the Christmas dinner without compromises.
You might think that some ingredients you need taste much better when fresh – but frozen is just as good, sometimes even more nutritious. Peas, for example, are frozen within an hour from the moment of harvesting, while the so-called “fresh” ones spend days, maybe weeks, in warehouses and on the road. Brussels sprouts, green beans, some other fruits and vegetables are just as good – maybe even better – when you take them out of the freezer.