It may seem like a lifetime away, but the holiday season is actually nearly upon us. For most of us, that means we’ll be frantically rushing from shop to shop to buy gifts for our loved ones and friends.
If this stress of shopping at the busiest time of the year isn’t enough, then there’s also the fact that we need to pay for all the festivities. It’s not just the gifts that cost a fortune either, there’s the decorations, parties, food, and other traditions that we’ll have to fork out for.
The most organized among us will have been squirreling money away since the start of the year, taking the pressure off in the final quarter.
If you’re not one of these people, fear not! There’s still some time to make some savings so that you have one less thing to worry about throughout the holidays. Just follow some of these steps.
Cut Out Non-Essential Spending
If you want to save a sizable amount of money in a few months, then you’re going to need to make a few cutbacks. That means not buying new outfits and wearing the clothes you already have instead. It means not dining out, or at least not as frequently, and eating at home instead. And it means trying to use up foods you have in your house already to cut down on your grocery bill.
Look for Free and Cheap Entertainment Options
Saving money doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun. There are plenty of ways that you can do the things that you love without having to spend a small fortune.
For those that enjoy movies, you can use streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to watch for much less than going to the cinema. Alternatively, if you really can’t wait to watch a new release, look for screening times that are out of peak hours so that you can get discounted tickets.
The same applies for gamers. If you enjoy playing AAA titles, then delay purchasing a newly-released game for just a few weeks and you’ll find it at much lower prices. There are also plenty of great free gaming options too, such as free-to-play titles like Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite, and Candy Crush. If you prefer more traditional options, there are plenty of sites offering free poker games while free titles like Scrabble GO bring traditional board games into the digital world.
Clipping coupons may not be the most glamorous exercise but it is a way to cut your spending in many areas. Companies use coupons to try and encourage you to spend more money, though you should try not to get sucked in by that. Instead, only use them to reduce the amount you spend on products you were going to buy anyway.
You can find them online, one of the easiest ways to do this is by simply typing the store name and the word “coupon” after it. Alternatively, browser extensions can apply any discounts automatically while you shop online.
You’ll also find printed coupons and vouchers in magazines, newspapers, and fliers, so keep your eyes peeled.