Christmas and the holiday season are usually a big expense. Between the gifts to be given to children, parents, colleagues and friends, as well as the little pleasures for oneself, the budget soon went up. So how do you save money during this period?
Stay on the lookout for good deals to buy cheaper Christmas gifts
Christmas gifts are an important part of the French budget at Christmas. For an average budget per household of 549 euros in 2019 according to a Cofidis/Rakuten/CSA survey, about 355 euros are spent on gifts. So, to find discounted gifts, one of the possibilities available to you is to take advantage of the good deals on the internet.
There are online sites and magazines such as Rebaje Jet Shop that bring together in one place the most enticing offers from major brands like LIDL, GiFi, Leclerc, Auchan. You can also be informed of the best Black Friday deals on Amazon.
Buy your gifts early for Christmas
According to La Chain Info (LCI), 35% of French people buy festive gifts well before Christmas in order to save money. To take advantage of promotional offers before Christmas, it is important to draw up your gift list early on and switch to shopping. This allows you to take advantage of discounted purchases before prices rise.
It is also the best way to keep you off running out of stock. This is often the case among children’s toys, shops are robbed and the long-awaited toy is no longer available, what a disappointment! Don’t hesitate to ask other parents to buy together. There are forums dedicated to this purpose.
Toy exchanges, cheap sales and purchases
This other version of the flea markets allows you to make more gifts by spending less. You can either just drop off your old toys for sale or take advantage of them to make used purchases. Find out more and more small structures that offer exchanges near you!
In the first case, you agree the prices of your old toys with the organizers and a cheque will be issued to you at the end of the scholarship. If you don’t prefer used toys, you can use your check to buy new ones.
Exploring your creative potential to save money
If you opt for a low-budget Christmas, your creativity will be of great help. In addition, you can be sure that your recipient will appreciate your effort. The advantage of DIY gifts is that you can customize them to the recipients.
This can be a tasty homemade dish, if you are a food enthusiast. You can also opt for nice little soaps or homemade scented candles, you can also mention bracelets or necklaces, a knitted or embroidered smartphone pouch, a PC cover, a custom tote bag.
The Christmas period is synonymous with various expenses, especially gifts. To save money, it’s important to be on the lookout for deals. Whether it’s for new or used purchases, there are many opportunities. You can also let your creativity speak for itself and create original and personalized items to offer.