Last updated on August 28th, 2021 at 10:11 pm
(Links in this post are affiliate links. I will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking those links. See my disclosure page for more information)
If you are on a tight budget and you love to give generously like I do here are 12 steps that will keep your Christmas budget small but keep you giving large and the earlier you start them the less you will end up spending.
1. Shop After Christmas Sales
I have an envelope in my Christmas wallet marked “after Christmas sales” and a large plastic tote in the attic for storing such items.
2. Mailing Lists
Often if you give your information to stores through an online purchase or such you will find yourself getting coupons in the mail all year long from them. Some of these coupons make for inexpensive gift giving.
My favorite ones for gift giving are those for a free full size product with any purchase from Bath and Body Works. I purchase a $1 nail file and stash both items in my gift box.
3. Follow Daily Deal Sites
Enter “daily deal sites” into your search engine and several companies will pop up. I watch 3 of my favorites daily all year for gift worthy vouchers.
I make the voucher savings stretch farther by combining them with sales and using referral credits to purchase the vouchers. You don’t need a blog to earn referral credits, in fact most of my credits come from people I see face to face every day who I happened to share the deals with.
4. Clip Coupons out of Free Magazines
I love reading free magazines which often include coupons for stores at values of as much as 50% off merchandise.
5. Facebook Page Sample Offers
Some store Facebook pages are known for giving out great samples either by mail or coupons.
My favorite store page for sample is the Bath and Body Works Facebook page.
6. Free Samples By Mail
Money Saving Mom lists free samples by mail almost daily. Many samples make great additions to gift baskets. The picture above is an example of a gift I gave full of free samples. The mug is one from Day Spring. I love their mugs and they often hold great sales on them throughout the year.
7. Yard Sales
Plenty of great new with tag items can be found at yard sales for a small fraction of the retail cost.
8. On-line Printable Coupons
I often find great printable coupons for gifts through following Money Saving Mom.
9. Make It Yourself
Sometimes it is less expensive to make a gift than buy one. My husband this year surprised me with a beautiful back drop for my Willow Tree Nativity scene. I had admired one in a store that was close to $300. My husbands one of a kind version cost less than $50.
10. Free Or Discounted Gift Cards
If you know you are going to buy presents at a particular store put it on your favorite list at Cardpool and pick up a gift card for up to 15% off.
MyPoints still sends out physical gift cards in the mail that make great gifts.
11. Shop Clearance
Gift worthy items can be found in clearance bins, racks and end caps all year long for as much as 90% off.
12. Online Sales
Thanks again to Money Saving Mom I bought several gifts this year at a huge discount or free through online promotions and sales including the candles in the above picture that I got 100% free.
Once again all these strategies have the greatest effect when you start implementing them early, like say…. late December!
For a list of 52 different websites, apps, and stores our thrifty family uses to help us keep our expenses low, click here to visit our Thrifty Tools Resource Page.