How to Have a Memorable Christmas on a Budget
What are your favorite Christmas memories? Do you know how to have a memorable Christmas on a budget?
It is possible to have a memorable Christmas even if your budget is small. My favorite Christmas memories are not because of the gifts I received, but the people I spent the holiday with.
A big pile of gifts doesn’t make Christmas memorable. Memories come from time spent with loved ones. It does not require tons of money. Make fewer plans to reduce stress. As a rule, more memories are made with less overwhelm.
Christmas on a Budget at Home
A Delicious Breakfast with Family
Make a delicious breakfast to enjoy as a family. Survey your family to see what they would like to have. Pancakes and muffins are easy to make from ingredients you have on hand. Scrambled eggs with cheese and diced ham is a satisfying dish. Another option is an egg and sausage casserole. Take inventory of your pantry, refrigerator and freezer. Plan a menu using ingredients that you already have on hand. This helps save money and keeps the budget in place.
Keep the table decorations simple. Pine cones from your yard and ornaments from your collection work well. Add a few winter scented candles for a festive look. If you have fancy dishes, use them. This alone will create a memorable Christmas on a budget because it’s special!
A Budget Friendly Christmas Lunch
November and December are great months for sales in the grocery store. Baking products always go on sale. Turkey and ham are two meat options that are on sale during these months as well. Similarly, stuffing, potatoes and canned vegetables will also be a reduced price.
I like buying a big ham so then I am able to use what is left for additional meals. Ham can be cubed and used in omelets as an example. Similarly, ham can be used in scrambled eggs and topped with cheese. A spiral ham comes with a bone in it. The bone is perfect for adding to a pot of pinto beans for added flavor.
Mashed potatoes can be used to make potato pancakes. In addition, mashed potatoes are a great start to potato soup.
Start your shopping early. Purchase a few items each time you grocery shop. This will put less of a strain on the budget and help you have a truly memorable Christmas on a budget.
At the Movies
Take a poll for favorite Christmas movies and then watch them at home as a family. I have special memories of doing this with my parents when I was a child. The tradition has been carried on in my own family. There are so many options to choose from that will give you a memorable Christmas on a budget.
Christmas Activities on a Budget
A drive to look at Christmas lights is a free outing. The cost of gas is your only expense. Looking at lights is still one of my favorite things to do. Christmas parades are another free activity to enjoy as a family. Many cities have their own parades for everyone to enjoy.
Deck the halls with your family. Have fun bringing out the decorations and making memories in the process. My family traditionally decorates the day after Thanksgiving. As soon as the decorations come out the Christmas music goes on. We did it like this for a few years before I realized it was a tradition that my kids counted on.
Make homemade ornaments. Crafting supplies are fairly inexpensive and can be used for so many different things. As an example, this blog post from a mommy blogger has great ideas for inexpensive Christmas crafts! What a great way to make memories, especially with the ones you love.
Visit Santa at Bass Pro Shops! It is one of my favorite places during the holidays. They do a wonderful winter wonderland scene. The Santa is always great and you receive a FREE 4 x 6 studio quality photograph of the experience. First, visit the Bass Pass Ticket Depot in stores. Next get your Bass Pass which is required to see Santa. It comes with a time slot that allows you to wait in a virtual line while you shop the store. The passes are limited daily and do go quickly. Then later you will see Santa and receive your FREE photo.
Gifting Christmas Gifts on a Budget
Giving gifts can be a stress for the budget. There is no need to spend a lot of money. The point is letting someone know that you care. I bake during the holidays. Everybody eats so it is a safe gift. Make sure that you give edible gifts that meet with any dietary restrictions someone may have. That may seem a little intimidating, but it is easier than it seems.
Decorated sugar cookies are a great gift, especially for children. The ingredients are pantry items you probably have on hand. Christmas trees and snowflakes are a simple design that don’t require fancy decorations. By the same token, so are candy canes.
Homemade cocoa mix in mason jars is another great gift idea. Add instructions for how to mix it up with a list of ingredients. Marshmallows can even be added for a really fun addition. I found free gift tag printables on Pinterest that are adorable! They are perfect for labeling your homemade goodies.
A cookie mix in a jar is another great idea. Add the dry ingredients including the chocolate chips or other add ins that do not require refrigeration. Next, label them with the baking instructions for what wet ingredients they will need to include. Add a cute gift tag and you are good to go.
If you need ideas for inexpensive gifts that you can purchase check out this post from Good Housekeeping.
What the Season is Really About
In conclusion, keep in mind what Christmas is really about. I celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. It’s what I focus on with my family. Spending time together and showing others how much they are loved is all part of that. You do not need to spend a ton of money to make memories or show love. I believe a memorable Christmas on a budget is the very best kind of Christmas
Your savvy tip for today is to sell everything you can to increase your Christmas budget. This is a great way to get rid of toys your children have outgrown. Go through the garage, toy box and closets. If you haven’t used it in 6 months maybe someone else can. I paid for a whole Christmas season by selling on ebay when my husband and I were getting out of debt. You can do it, too!
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