We’ve probably said it a hundred times, but we love Christmas here at Angelfish! From choosing our favourite Christmas ads all the way to sharing boredom-busting Christmas days out for kids, it’s fair to say that we’re getting pretty excited for the festive season – albeit a little early! There’s just one small downside: Christmas can get expensive – and fast! As we mentioned in our recent blog on taking care of your mental health during the festive season, however, it doesn’t have to. In fact, we’ve found six great money-saving ideas that you can use this year to keep your bank account healthy, and everybody happy!
1. Stay in
There’s usually a lot of going out to be had around Christmas time – parties, nights on the town, pantomime trips, to name just a few scenarios! But why go out and spend money when you can enjoy staying in? Invite all your friends and/or family around for a Christmas movie marathon, have a mince pie baking session, curl up with a good winter novel and a hot chocolate. It’ll help preserve your energy for the big day, too!
2. But if you have to go out…
There are ways to keep it cheap. Christmas markets, for example, are a wonderful way to soak up the Christmas atmosphere without spending anything – just take a flask of coffee or hot chocolate with you so you’re not tempted by the vendors!
3. Don’t go nuts on the food
Next to presents (more on that below), food is probably one of the most expensive aspects of Christmas. People will often fork out to get the “best food” the most expensive supermarkets can offer because – well, it’s Christmas! But blind taste tests have revealed that, in a lot of cases, the cheaper brands are the ones that win out for the best Christmas culinary experience – definitely a great money-saving idea to invest in!
4. Presence over presents
When it comes to presents and gift-giving, we’re sure we’re not the only ones who’d agree that quality is far superior to quantity. Buying presents for the sake of it is never worth the stress or the money – especially when so many of them just end up going to charity shops! So when choosing something for a loved one, make sure it’s something they need or want (yes, even if it really is just socks!), and that you’ve put more thought that money into it. What’s more, people are much more likely to want you to be there at Christmas than to receive gifts from you but not see you! In sum, presence is greater than presents.
5. Get your Christmas craft on
One great money-saving idea – in fact, even a way you could make some money and spend more time with friends and family – is to get crafty and creative! Christmas time brings a lot of local fetes and markets along with it; so why not make some Christmas cards or baked goods with help from loved ones and see how much you can sell?
6. Take part in paid market research
Another wonderful way you can save money – as well as make money – is by taking part in paid market research. We have lots of exiting projects going on here at Angelfish that’ll keep you occupied during the festive season and pop some money in the Christmas fund. If you’d like to know more, check out our current projects here, or register to join our panel of people looking to voice their opinions on their favourite products and services via the button below!