Saturday, January 4, 2014

Prepping for Christmas 2014


You read that right. Have you thought about Christmas 2014? I know, I know. We only just had Christmas 2013 and New Year's, am I crazy?

Yes and no.

I've started thinking about it because I won't have my daughters. I have my daughters on odd years and my ex husband has them on even years. I will have something with them before Christmas then see them about 2 weeks after Christmas.

I was thinking for this year, I would try a new tactic. I don't have as many presents to buy for anymore which is nice. I have done various things to save money and not blow the budget at Christmas.

Some of the things I have done before include:
- Making gifts
- Entering competitions
- Buy one get one free items
- Regifting
- Gifts of service or time

This year I was leaning towards a 'reward points' Christmas. Meaning, I would save up all my points on my various loyalty clubs, the gift cards and birthday bonuses will be used to purchase gifts for my intended loved ones over Christmas.

I am planning on going overseas since I won't have my children, any points I can use for travel will go towards the travel. Other points will go towards gifts.

The aim is to spend as little as possible on both Christmas and the travelling. I already have points I didn't cash in last year to be used this year. I know my budget on gifts and even though it is not my actual cash I will be spending, I still plan on sticking to a budget.

So tell, have you thought about Christmas next year? Where you will be spending it, how much you will budget for it and where the money will come from?
*Part of Financially Savvy Saturdays on Femme Frugality and brokeGIRLrich*

4 comments :

  1. Good Luck! Always good to plan ahead. I have started to think about Christmas 2014. I defiantly want to shop earlier.

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  2. Way to plan ahead. A part of me saw your post title and groaned - good gracious, didn't we just finish up all the holiday madness??? But planning ahead definitely keeps the holidays more affordable. I always try to pick up wrapping paper and a couple of Christmas themed things that'll keep - like candles or little gift sets, etc - for gifts for next year. Everything is so cheap right now!

    I've done a few Christmas away from home - usually in Puerto Rico or other Caribbean islands for work. It was definitely weird. I was also in England until right before Christmas once and the way they celebrate is so much more festive-ly quaint. I don't know if that's the right description, but it was just so similar but different to America, it was fascinating to me!

    Good luck racking up the rewards points this year!

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  3. That's an awesome plan! I try to buy gifts throughout the year, but I always end up with a couple people to buy for those last couple of weeks. I'll try to do better this year. :) Where are you planning on travelling???

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  4. BrokeGirl, part of me groaned writing it ;)
    You should come to Australia one year for Christmas, definitely different. It sounds like you've experienced a lot.

    Femme, thanks. I often buy throughout the year too. Undecided on where, depends on a few things and other people. Possibly UK/Ireland or maybe Asia.

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