We have a lot of people in our family and we buy for everyone. It's easy to spend an arm and leg on Christmas, and we have in the past, but now I use coupons and sales. Throughout the Christmas season I hunt for the best deals to purchase exactly what's on everyone's list.
Last year I know my receipts added up to well over $1,000, but we only spent $600 cash. We didn't do anything on credit. We did the envelope system.
It worked so well because it kept Steven and I searching for the best deals, and we didn't impulse buy for our kids (we have a tendency to do that).
This year I want to keep a better tally of how much I'm really saving. I'm hanging onto every receipt and adding up the savings. Hopefully, I"ll be surprise. Throughout the season I'll give you updates on how we're doing. So far, I've done very well and I have a stack of coupons to utilize at the stores I need to visit.
Total Spending: $85.41
Total Savings: $130.02
I hope to keep the spending amount well below the savings amount. We'll see over the course of the next few weeks.
It's important to Steven and I to be givers. Our hearts are mainly focused on those who have difficulties sustaining the basics of life, but we also like to give good gifts to our family and friends. Giving good gifts doesn't have to put you in debt. Just a little work and research can help you keep your costs down when searching for the gifts on your list.
Here is one website I use religiously when retail shopping. It helps me find coupons for the stores I'm shopping at for the season. Matching those coupons when items go on sale is the best way to save your money.
You might be wondering if we do Black Friday at our house, and the answer is...nope. We have never done it. The main reason is I like my sleep. The other reason is I usually don't find the items I'm searching for discounted at their rock bottom prices on Black Friday. I have to really weigh my desire for sleep for the desire of savings. So far sleep has won out. I guess we shall see this year. I'm still waiting to search through the Toys R Us ad. So far Walmart and Target's won't be waking me from my slumber or keeping me up late into the night.