It can be hard to extend your cash over the merry period and it may very well give you a couple of restless nights, as opposed to making you feel all Christmassy. Be that as it may, in case you're worrying about having the extra cash to manage the cost of all the new gadgets and all the toys the kids demand for, stop for a moment to read this.
We have a few tips to help your cash go a little further and still allow you to enjoy a merry Christmas and festive season.
This may be a bit obvious but you will be amazed at how much you could save by going online and shopping around for specials, this will also save you some time by staying away from the Christmas shopping rush at malls.
Bear in mind that quite a few of these items you purchase online include free delivery.
www.bidorbuy.co.za is a great place to start.
Create your own decorations
Use your creativity to make your own Christmas tree decorations. Spend a tad bit of family time with your children or friends and family making your own little Christmas tree decorations: Pine cones, acorns and cans of spray paint, to paint silver or gold, there's so much you can do to make your home look a bit more Christmassy.
Use voucher codes
While having an espresso and you're surfing the web attempting to get some of your presents for less, make sure to visit voucher websites such as https://www.vouchercloud.co.za/.
Get creative with your leftovers
We all know how much of that turkey actually gets eaten on the day, and how much is left over.
There are plenty of recipes, from turkey curry, turkey samoosa’s and homemade turkey pie. You could even use the last few tiny bits and add your favourite veggies to brew up a nice homemade soup. Get a few readymade pizza bases and create your own pizzas by just throwing on some cheese and mushroom and left over roasts, something the kids would love.
Learn to use price comparison apps when shopping around
Try using price comparison apps to help you get the best bargain always! www.pricecheck.co.za is a good place to start.
Save a tree and some Rands by sending an e-card
Why not send your cousins and relatives an e-card instead of spending quite a bit on printed cards. On average, one spends at least R20 per card, do the maths. These cards just get thrown in a box and are never seen again after the festive period. Save a tree, save some money, and send an e-card which can be read on a mobile device and stored in a mailbox forever.
Agree on a budget and stick to it!
Just remember for most of us, after we get paid early in December’, January 31st is a long way ahead, something to think about...
Have a great festive period!