Since we are fast approaching Christmas and it is December already, I thought I’d make this post a festive one
I love Christmas! There’s something in the air around this time of the year that gets me all excited. I don’t normally go home for Christmas for a number of reasons, instead I celebrate in the UK.
This year is not going to be different. Oh wait… it is different! I am on a budget. Does this mean no Christmas celebrations this year? Hell no! This girl is ready to party! On a budget, that is, and I’ve got a plan!
Christmas on a Budget
Throughout the month of December, I will be attending a lot of glamorous networking events with work to celebrate Christmas. Many hotels and airlines throw amazing parties for people in the industry, and I cannot wait to put my heels on and squeeze into my little black dress. These events are free to attend for those invited – a huge bonus when you are on a budget.
Total spend: £0
I bought my Christmas tree (not a real one) around four years ago and I put it up on the 1st of December without failure. I have also got all my Christmas decorations from previous years. I bought some Christmas lights last years to add to my Christmas decorations collection and I cannot wait to switch them on soon!
Total spend: £0
My Russian family exchanges gifts on New Year’s Eve and not on Christmas Day. I am not going home for either Christmas or New Year’s Eve, but this does not mean I will not be exchanging gifts. These will not be expensive gifts but I’d like to make sure I give my family something for Christmas this year as I skipped last year’s gift exchange. When I was little, New Year’s Eve was a special family time and gifts were a major part of our family celebrations. I’d like to continue this tradition and it helps that I love giving gifts. This actually makes me happier than receiving gifts.
Total spend: £100
I did not go to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park last year. My friends and I have arranged to go this year. Entry is free and you can spend as much or as little as you like. I would definitely like to get something Christmassy from their Christmas Market and indulge in delicious festive food and mulled wine from the stalls. I also want to go ice skating.
Total spend: £25
This year I am heading to Cambridge for three days to celebrate Christmas with my best friend. I got first class train tickets for a fraction of a price through work. We are not sure yet if we are going to make Christmas dinner ourselves or order it in, but we are definitely having a big Christmas dinner followed by two more days of non-stop eating. This is what my Christmas is all about – eating a lot and not feeling guilty about it! 😉 I will also get a small Christmas gift for my best friend.
Total spend: £75
Overall, my Christmas is not going to be too expensive. I think that £200 on Christmas including gifts, entertainment and food is a reasonable price to pay. Although I am on a budget, I don’t want to miss out on all the festive fun. You shouldn’t either.
There is no need to spend a fortune on gifts. A small gift is enough and I am sure your family and loved ones will appreciate it.
There is also no need to waste a ton of money on alcohol. A bottle of Champagne is all you need to raise a glass on Christmas Eve. It’s about family and friends enjoying quality time together, not getting drunk 😉
Do spend some cash on festive food and enjoy it! After all, what are New Year’s resolutions for? 😉
What are your plans for Christmas? Is your Christmas going to be expensive? Are you exchanging gifts with your family and friends?