Celebrate Christmas when living frugal

christmas when living frugal

Christmas Living Frugal

Celebrating Christmas when living frugal might sound daunting.

Well, it’s not that difficult you see, it’s just about being aware of what you buy, why you buy it and how much you’re spending on it. You don’t need to starve during Christmas, that’s not frugal living. And you don’t need to not have presents, because that’s not frugal living either.

Let’s have a closer look at how you can prepare for the Holidays. And also have a happy and joyful celebration without feeling you’re missing out on stuff.

Gifts for Christmas when Living Frugal

A huge part of celebrating Christmas is the gift exchanges that takes place. Some might find it stupid exchanging gifts with family members, when all is centered around an equal amount.

Sometimes people want to give without receiving anything in return. And some are not (I kid you not) not allowed to give family members gifts, as they have no money to get you anything in return. So much for the joy of giving!

If you have a large family and a bunch of friends, and all will receive gifts, frugal isn’t the word that comes to mind.

What if you just eliminate the “idea” that you must give and receive an item worth the same? If you’d rather put time and thought to the equation, you’ll discover that you can make lot’s of gifts, next to free.

christmas when living frugal

5 home made gifts for the masses

  1. Baking – bake cookies, pies, cakes or bread. They are easy and cheap to put together, and the recipient can freeze them and enjoy later in the year.
  2. Candy or almonds – make candy or burnt almonds and put them in jars. Decorate and give as gifts. Next to all of us have a sweet tooth.
  3. Soaps – make them yourself. You’ll need to start making them a couple of months before Christmas though. But if you use molds like a milk carton, then you can divide the large soap into smaller ones and give. It’s a bit time consuming, but the cost per gift is really low.
  4. Needle stuff – if you know how to crochet or knit, oven mittens is a fast to accomplish product that can be given to the masses. Or homemade socks for that matter.
  5. Origami – create beautiful and unique origami figures and maybe glue them to a cardboard piece or a piece of wood, and decorate it, making a unique item to display.

Food for Christmas when Living Frugal

Eating good will always be one of the main factors when celebrating Christmas. Not everyone can afford 7 different types of cakes. And not everyone live a place where you’re able to create several dishes to all family members. Finally – not everyone have someone to celebrate Christmas with.

But when you’re celebrating Christmas living frugal, less is more. If you’ve got a freezer, prepare different types of side dishes weeks ahead. Depending on what you normally eat for Christmas dinner, if you find parts of that on sale in the months leading up to December, save some money and buy up front.

Cookies can be frozen as well, the same for many cakes.

Eating is about preparation. Here are a small list to help you:

  1. Stack up on food that can be stored throughout the year
  2. Settle for fewer types of cookies and make them at home. They taste better and they smell better, which will give you more of a Christmas feeling than mass produced cookies from the store.
  3. If you’re going to use berries, they are always more expensive during winter. If you won’t be able to harvest yourself, buy them fresh in Autumn, and freeze them.

A couple of other tips

Christmas has grown to be a consumer feast gone out of dimensions.

It’s time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. And I’m not talking anything religious here, that’s a whole other debate. What I’m talking about is the consumption on material things, of food and really the waste of money.

I used to babysit when I was younger, and a little girl about 3 years old had to watch her mom leave, yet another evening, and she cried. The mother had bought her a jacket that she gave her just before leaving, but the girl got even more upset and said “I don’t want that jacket, I want to spend TIME with YOU”.

I guess I was around 12-13 years at the time, but that scene has played in my head over and over all these years.

Christmas should be about spending time with those you love. The family and friends you don’t see that often due to life obligations. It should be warmth and cozy and joy and happiness.

It’s essential to remember that you don’t know how much time you’ve got left to live. If you spend all your time chasing the next shiny object, you miss out on life itself.

So please, for the sake of your wallet and the sake of your sanity – save your money and be present in the moment.

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