We’re exactly three months away from Christmas. Yikes. I’m already planning because this is my first Christmas as a stay-at-home mom, and my lack of income is going to make it more interesting to purchase Christmas gifts. I’m sure we’ll be fine though, and it will just spur me to be more creative. Here are some things I’m working on to make our Christmas season a good one without over spending!
1. Make gifts. This is an obvious. I need to get a move on this because if I’m going to knit things, it is going to take time. And with an 8 month old baby, I’m going to have to find time first! My plan is to knit a ton of dish cloths while I’m riding in the car and when I have some down time. I think that will be the easiest. I’d also like to knit some socks for people and maybe some new cute things for Penny.
2. Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a great way to make a little extra money for me. What I do is use the search engine every time I need to search for something, and when I accumulate enough Swagbucks I cash them in for $5 Amazon gift cards. I am banking them right now to buy Christmas presents. I think I may also get some Target gift cards so I can do some shopping in person! I make sure to do some of the easy things to earn more Swagbucks too. Sign up and start earning.
3. Doing an activity versus purchasing items for people. One of my best friends has two girls and we were discussing Christmas and how it’s going to be different this year. We decided that instead of exchanging gifts (since our girls are going to get tons of things from other people any way) we’re going to do a special outing or make a nice dinner and spend time together. That will be very enjoyable, and will save us each money and clutter.
4. Stashing away a little extra cash whenever I’ve got it. $20 here and there adds up, and I’ve been taking $20 from each paycheck for months now and saving that in our Christmas fund. Also, when I sell things on Craigslist or online, I separate that money and save it for Christmas.
Have you started thinking about Christmas yet?