10 ways to have an old-fashioned Christmas on a budget

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Old-fashioned Christmas

Old-fashioned Christmas?

In my youth, my Dad used to tell me about Christmas in his day. He’d tell me that all he got was an apple and an orange and if he was lucky a piece of coal to help warm the hearth.

I later checked with my grandparents about this, and they told me my Dad was a blatant liar – but that in their youth they were lucky to get an old carrot in a stocking and that a piece of coal was luxury beyond comprehension!

Despite my Christmas discussion with relatives sounding like something from a Monty Python sketch, it’s very true that Christmas has changed through the years and adults as well as children now expect it to be a time of lavish gifts, expensive food and costly booze.

Christmas budgeting tips from the World Wide Web

So while we’re donning our Xmas jumpers in the office we’re also searching the web for Christmas budgeting tips because we believe you can still have a great Crimbo even if you don’t necessarily have loads of money to spend.

If you want a brilliant Christmas but don’t want to break the bank, read these articles for easy hints and tips on how to enjoy the festive season without having a debt hangover come January 1st.

If you’re like my Dad or my late grandparents you might remember Christmas being a little more austere than it is today.

Are things too commercialised now? Has the marketing of Christmas destroyed the true meaning? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.

Matthew worked as an IVA drafter prior to working in social media. In a former life he wrote scripts for Eastenders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks. He has 3 chickens, 2 dogs and a rabbit.

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  • juicy1lucym

    I’ve made some major changes since having my DMP.

    1) Don’t buy for relatives you never see just because you will bump into them over xmas.

    2) Just because Xmas is for kids, doesn’t mean you have to buy for every kid you know even if you don’t see them all year.

    3) buy what you can in the January sales – cards/wrapping paper, etc

    4) Write down everyone you buy for and set a realistic amount you can afford for each person.

    5) From January, put money aside each month/week so you have something to start shopping with. Start your shopping in the summertime to spread the cost – buy one present a week and it will soon make a difference

    • Darren Kerby

      I agree with Claire. Really good tips, Lucy. Maybe you should be writing the articles around here! 🙂

  • Darren Kerby

    I totally agree. It looks like it’s saying “We haven’t got any suggestions of our own but we’ve Googled a few search terms and come up with the following results”. Do these article writers actually get paid? If so, there’s a solution to help people on DMPs get extra income because I’m pretty sure a lot of people can write a better article than this.

    read these articles for easy hints and tips
    read these articles for easy hints and tips
    read these articles for easy hints and tips

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