Hello NBS mom fans! Today we’re featuring a mommy-blogger who can inspire you to have the best Christmas celebration with your family without breaking the bank. Mommy Gracie Miranda-Maulion of Tipid Mommy blog shares with us today her tips on how to make a budget-friendly Christmas celebration.
Sharing with you some practical tips on how to have a budget-friendly Christmas celebration.
Christmas season is not only the busiest but also a month of big purchases. Lalo na maraming sale weekly, we moms, are tempted to visit all those sale events and grab the best buy items.
Especially here in our country, Christmas is celebrated as early as the month of September. November pa lang may Christmas Parties na di ba?
But, Christmas season shouldn’t put us in debt after all the festive celebrations and purchases we had.
Tip #1: Make a gift listing
By creating a list of people we will share gifts this season, we can save time, effort and it will save us from duplicate items that can be a cause of over purchasing an item when shopping without a list.
Tip #2: Christmas Meal Plan
Meal planning is not only beneficial to our family’s weekly menu, it is also a must for our Christmas Menu! By preparing our meal ideas ahead, we can also avoid Christmas rush and prepare ingredients ahead of time.
Tip #3: Create a Christmas budget
Having an allotted budget for your Christmas celebration is a must. Having a budget this holiday will also help us plan our priority events for the family, gifts, meals and more. We used to have an open budget for Christmas, at nagulat nalang kami na naubos ang earning namin ng parang bula. That’s why every family should set their allotted budget for celebration. Like for example, Php 1,000/month savings for Christmas can save us P 12,000 by December.
You can also download my free printable planner here mommies!
I saw this Christmas decor at the Christmas section of National Bookstore. Madaming budget-friendly finds. Like itong Christmas Balls P50.00 lang.
Tip #4: DIY gifts
Do you have an artistic side? Do you love to paint? Do you like making handmade crafts? Homemade goodies can be a good gift idea for your relatives and friends. Not just budget-friendly but it comes with a personal touch.
Tip #5: Prepare ahead of time
Since we are down to three weeks before Christmas, this tip might be applicable for your next year’s preparation. Being freelancers and small business owners, we do not have bonuses nor 13 month pays. What we usually do is we buy a gift for 1-3 person every month starting January so by December, we are almost complete with our list. I also saw a tip online, wherein, you can purchase a gift card per month so by November you can use all those gift cards for gift buying.
If in case, you are broke or you do not have an extra fund to celebrate this holiday season, do not worry and don’t feel bad. Gifts, grand meals and holiday vacations are not the reasons to celebrate.
Let us not forget that the true reason for the season is the birth of our Savior – Jesus Christ. As Rick Warren shared, at most Christmas celebrations, the person whose birthday we’re supposed to be celebrating is completely ignored. That’s a sad truth.
Being a mom, preparing for Christmas can be a lot of work – decorating our home, cooking and baking, attending parties, wrapping gifts and more – leave us with little time to actually enjoy its real meaning.
Let us not forget mommies that the best gift we have this Christmas is not wrapped in festive gift wrappers but was wrapped in cloth born in a manger.
Aside from not being in debt because of the holiday demands, may we all have a meaningful Christmas!
Maligayang Pasko po sa inyong lahat!
About the Author
Tipid Mommy is a personal blog aiming to inspire women, wives and most especially moms to live a joyful life within the budget. Gracie Miranda-Maulion shares budget-friendly finds, money matters, tipid hacks, Nanaypreneurship, our simple rural living, and hope and inspiration for families aiming to attain financial freedom. Visit her blog at: http://tipidmommy.com.
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