When you don't have the funds or the time to get EVERYONE a Christmas present, gifting through a Secret Santa exchange can be a fun and stress relieving option! Go to http://www.secretsanta.com to learn how to play this and other gift exchange games.
There's nothing better than watching your child(ren) on Christmas morning open their presents from Santa in excitement! As our families grow, it can get expensive to keep purchasing gifts for everyone. My family has followed the kids only rule for a couple of years now, although, there are a few that choose to buy for all still.
Plan gifts and start early
Creating a gift list and starting your shopping early can help you be prepared come Christmas day. Have you ever had to shop on Christmas eve, because you hadn't finished or forgotten someone? That's the worst! Put pen to paper and keep the checklist on you at all times. How many people are left on your list? How many weeks are left until Christmas? Divide the two and get that many gifts per week until the big day. Try to finish the weekend before December 25 so you have time to finish wrapping and relax.
Stick to a budget
How much money do you plan to spend this holiday season? Determine an average cost per person and stick to the budget to avoid overspending.
Sell household items no longer useful
Low on cash this holiday season? Take a look around the house, attic, garage, or shed. Find anything you no longer need? One man's trash is another man's treasure. Try posting the item(s) on Craigslist or your local Facebook online sales group for a quick sale and use the proceeds to help pay for your Christmas presents.
I hope this list gave you some ideas to help you and your wallet this Christmas! What does your family do to keep Christmas affordable? I'd love to hear your ideas if you have anything to add to the list.
May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!