As much as I don’t like the term “frugal Christmas,” more years than I care to count I’ve found myself needing those two words to go together.
If that’s you this year, then I hope my roundup of frugal Christmas ideas, deals, tips, and resources will be a help. And, most importantly, know that you’re not alone.
A frugal Christmas doesn’t have to be stingy. It can be meaningful and even beautiful, but it’s going to take some intentional mindsets + choices to happen.
Let me show you how to create a truly fabulous + frugal Christmas for yourself + your precious family.
>> Jump to Tips for Keeping Gift Giving Budget Friendly, or keep reading.
Browse my frugal Christmas posts below:
These are resources I’ve found, written, or created over the years. I’m not a frugal Christmas expert, but I have been around the calendar a few times!
Take your time + read through these resources. They’re my top hacks for living well on a budget at the holidays.
Articles I’ve written:
- How to Shop Smart & Save Money on Christmas Gifts
- Loving Well When the Holidays Are Hard
- To the Woman Who Feels Like She Can’t Afford Christmas
I try to find the very best prices, and update these guides every year.
- 4 Gifts for Christmas :: FREE Printable Wish List & Gift Guide
- 6 Ideal Gifts for Homeschool Moms
- 10 Beautiful Gifts for Mom Under 100 Dollars
- 25 Frugal Gifts for Gift Baskets
- 30 Dude Approved Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Teenage Guys
- 30 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Teen Girls That are Budget Friendly & Meaningful
- Inexpensive, Kind-of-Funny, and Meaningful Gifts for Dad
Tips for Keeping Gift Giving Budget Friendly
I can go overboard with gifting pretty easily! Here are my best tips for giving meaningful gifts without over spending:
Set a cash budget. It’s easy to spend too much if you don’t have a dollar amount in mind when you hit the stores. If you’re shopping local, decide on a budget before you go shopping and only take cash with you. Shopping online is a little harder because it’s easier to over spend, but stick with that budget!
Earn cash back. A huge perk of shopping online is the ability to use cash back sites. I never shop online without clicking through cash back links – I love earning gift cards + rebates throughout the year from purchases I would have made any way. Mr. Rebates + Honey are my favorite cash back sites.
Shop small. I prefer small businesses over chain department stores, hands down. If I’m going to spend $50 or $100 on a gift, I’d rather spend my money at a small business, local or otherwise.
Shop off season or during sales. Like anyone, I sometimes find myself scrambling for last minute gifts. But I find the best deals when I buy during sales or off season.
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