Enjoy a frugal Christmas…

Don’t splash the cash this Christmas with our tips for frugal festivities.

 Enjoy a frugal Christmas…

… without being a scrooge. If you don’t have the cash to splash this Christmas or simply refuse to spend a fortune on just one day, our 10 tips for frugal festivities are fun.

1. Rather than send Christmas cards, pop a favourite quote on a postcard and send to your friends and family (don’t forget to register for a MyPost Concession Account to save on stamps)

2. Don’t spend a fortune on decorations. Pop some popcorn and thread the popped kernels to make garlands – a great old-fashioned Christmas decoration idea. Or, if you have grandchildren, get them to make paper garlands, and paper snowflakes to stick on your windows.

3. Similarly, there’s no need to spend a fortune on expensive wrapping paper that will – more than likely – end up in the bin. Brown paper and string is a lovely, nostalgic way to present your gifts.

4. Rather than buy everyone a gift, play Secret Santa. Each person buys a gift and places it on the table. A number for each guest is placed in a bowl and everyone picks a number. The person with number one chooses a gift and opens it. The person with number two can choose to take that gift or choose a new one. If they choose to take the original gift, the first person gets to choose another. The next person can then choose from any of gifts opened or to choose a new gift, and so on.

5. If you’re keen to give individual gifts, then why not make your own. If you’re short on inspiration, this video may give you a few ideas.  Or why not try these delicious flavoured oils?

6. While Christmas dinner is all about spending time with family and friends, it doesn’t need to be about an abundance of expensive food. Turkeys are especially expensive at this time of year, so consider a roast chicken (or two if you’re having a big gathering). Also, get everyone to bring a plate of food.

7. Do you have a slow cooker? If so, why not serve a less expensive cut of meat that will be lovely and tender when cooked slowly?

8. If you really want to have a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, ask those attending if they’re happy to each chip in a few dollars so you’re not bearing the brunt of the cost.

9. Frozen vegetables taste just as good as fresh, but are often cheaper. Also, if you don’t need to use them all, you can keep in the freezer. And home brands look just the same when cooked and on the plate.

10. Finally, there’s no need to give up the festive fizz if you’re on a budget. Buy a cheap bottle of cava or sparkling wine and serve with some fruit pulp, or diluted with orange juice. Frozen berries also make a nice addition and give the fizz a fruity tingle.

Have you tried any of these ideas? Or perhaps you have a clever idea of your own that you’re happy to share?


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    17th Dec 2015
    Some very good tips here, have I beaten mick again?
    17th Dec 2015
    You have, John. He's out campaigning for the LNP.
    17th Dec 2015
    With Frank !! :-) :-)
    17th Dec 2015
    Seriously? Chicken and frozen veggies.
    Given the expectation of others in the family with money:
    Buy gifts well ahead when items are on sale
    Regift those horrid perfumes and bath salts ...always keep the wine and chocolates.
    Buy cards when they are a good price and hand deliver as many as you can. Most people will offer you goodwill in return. Just a smile is wonderful.
    Chances are you have decorations from years past. My dog would eat the popcorn.
    Save xmas wrapping from gifts before it is binned. Most paper can be salvaged.
    Food at Christmas is very expensive. Watch for the November sales and get as much food as you can before December. Better still let the family know its time you went to their place instead of them coming to you and offer to bring a plate.
    Offer to clean up afterwards and you'll be welcome next year and you'll be far less exhausted than preparing and cleaning up on your own home when its held at your place.
    17th Dec 2015
    My Daughter and son in law want for nothing and are very hard to buy for,, they both have favourite fare I bake, so I am baking each one of them a favourite of their's ( un be known to them) and placing it in a fancy box
    17th Dec 2015
    That's a wonderful personalised gift, missmarple, made by your own hands with love. Have a lovely Christmas.
    17th Dec 2015
    Great idea about the brown paper and string..... but have you tried to buy brown paper in recent times?? It is as my old step mother would have said...."thin enough to shoot peas through"! It is not cheap either. I bought wide rolls of gifr wrap at one of the "cheapie shops" for $2 each
    17th Dec 2015
    I have a great idea:
    Make every day a special one.

    Don't do Christmas at all, unless you are a committed church going Christian. No gifts, no cards, no decorations (what's with the snow bit?), no lights etc. Think of the money you wil save for all of the good times during the year.

    It is a great time for a bit of a special nosh-up, but I do that every week.
    17th Dec 2015
    I hate the waste of wrapping paper so I wrap some gifts in new tea towels or vintage tea towels that I buy from the Salvos.. an extra present and useful.
    17th Dec 2015
    It's so very simple to have a frugal Christmas.

    NO gifts therefore no wrapping paper and disposal problem.
    NO wingers about gifts.
    NO cards use Facebook and email instead.
    Treat yourself to a couple of food items you enjoy but rarely buy.
    Turkey is best done by professionals so leave it to them.
    If you want a ham visit your local club and buy a few raffle tickets. They have so many that
    you are sure to win one for a few dollars in tickets.
    That's enough extras so just enjoy your Christmas.
    18th Dec 2015
    Xmas ba humbug.When so many are homeless, and who give a bugger? ITs seems not the current government, nor governments before them.
    Its time we ditched them!
    i like keep it simple.
    make something nice and share with somebody that has less than i.
    19th Dec 2015
    No no no who wrote this? I must be related to Rosret. These tips are a sure way to ensure you spend Christmas alone.
    Popcorn might be ok for the kindy xmas party but not family
    Whoever wrote this has either never eating frozen veg or has no taste buds (peas if you must)
    Cards, decorations, wrapping paper should be purchased in the sales after the day (shops are already starting mark downs)
    My pork has been sitting in the freezer since November when it was a 50% off at Woolies
    Point 8 is just disgraceful in my eyes - asking those that you love to 'chip in" $$ for the meal - either you have it at your home or you don't. It is very expensive so let those who always come to yours have their chance to do the work and bare the cost for a change next year.
    Christmas has become too much about food and presents, I see the people I am spending the day with frequently for meals so it really shouldn't be such a big deal that we make make it to be. But secretly I do love the sharing and warmth that comes out on the day.
    I also feel I am lucky to have it at home as I am not dragging kids away from their Santa gifts opened in the early hours nor need a designated driver and I have all my comforts so heck yes I spoil visitors for making the effort.
    Scrooge can stay away but I will be mind food of costs (and probably cringe after a great day)
    19th Dec 2015
    20th Dec 2015
    A couple of times over the years, when our 2 kids were young, we bought run-down small businesses which took a few months to improve, and each time we bought six slices of ham and two tins of baked beans between the four of us with a boiled potato each, and gave the kids $10 each to buy one another a present - and we all had a ball! So, who needs to be well off?

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