We often spend a lot more money than we should at Christmas. We want to give our kids the best Christmas ever, but does spending more money equal more happiness? No. In fact, your kids can have an amazing Christmas without you having to break the bank. Whether you draw names for gifts or shop the Dollar Tree for stocking stuffers, you can have a frugal Christmas.
Draw Names for Gifts
While you may not want to use this idea for your husband and kids, you can use it for other family members. Get everyone on board with drawing names. The adults can draw names for other adults and the kids can draw names for the other kids. This way the kids can have fun picking out a gift for their cousins and the adults can focus on choosing a nice gift for the adults. If you want to be even more frugal, you can set a limit on the amount that can be spent.
Host a Potluck Christmas Dinner
Instead of spending hundreds of dollars to host the perfect Christmas dinner, host a potluck dinner. Ask everyone to bring their favorite dish and you will provide the ham and drinks. This will greatly reduce the amount of money you’ll need to spend on Christmas dinner.
Save Money on Decorations
Chances are you have decorations from previous Christmases. Go through these decorations and use what you love. You can then shop places like the Dollar Tree to find more items to decorate your home with without overspending. You can also find decorations at thrift stores.
Buy Stocking Stuffers at the Dollar Tree
The Dollar Tree is also a great place to find stocking stuffers. You can find Hot Wheels, candy, body spray, lotion, bubble bath, cute socks, and so much more. There are literally hundreds of items that would make great stocking stuffers for different members of your family.
Last, but not least, whether you’re shopping for Christmas dinner ingredients or gifts, be smart about it. Look for great deals, hit the clearance wracks, and use coupons. There are so many ways you can save money on almost everything you need for Christmas.
More money doesn’t equal a better Christmas. Take the time to really think about what you’re spending money on and whether or not it’s going to add true joy to your family’s Christmas. Chances are your family will be much happier with you spending more time with them rather than trying to work a second job to buy them gifts that they will quickly lose interest in.
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