It’s hard to believe but we’re already in December; that time of the year that we all either love or loathe. Regardless of how we feel about it, we all tend to end up having to be quite tight with our budgets once Christmas comes knocking but I want to give you a few ideas that will let you still treat yourself, even when the money isn’t flowing.
A lot of these things will be obvious but at a time, such a Christmas, we often forget about treating ourselves; in the rush of present buying, present wrapping, card writing, decorating, food shopping and plenty more as well, we forget that sometimes we need to just step back and have a bit of time for ourselves, or spend a little money on ourselves just to get that ‘feel good’ factor. Thankfully there are Plenty of ways to do that without having to cut back on your present buying or having less tinsel on your tree.
Firstly Shopping Trips – Now not everyone enjoys shopping but if you do you know how dangerous it can be when you’re low on funds. That said it doesn’t have to mean that you can’t shop at all, you just need to be shopping savvy. Shops like Poundland, Wilkinsons and Primark may have bad reputations but they’re absolute treasure troves if you’re wanting to treat yourself without breaking the bank – Pop in to Poundland for a nice scented candle, some chocolate and even a dvd, maybe a trip to Primark for some nice new fluffy slippers and suddenly you’ve got a much nicer evening and the joy of retail therapy all for £5.50!
And what about Date Night? Never, ever, forget about Orange Wednedays – If you’re not on Orange then find a friend who is and ask them to send you their code if they’re not using it. The cinema is So expensive but if you Really want to see a film then getting it BOGOF is going to make a massive difference. Also check out voucher sites as they often have vouchers for restaurants, similarly if you collect Tesco Clubcard points you can get some fantastic vouchers to go towards a nice meal out.
If you’re normally someone who likes to go on nights out to see your friends then maybe you can consider a Luxe Night In instead. Why’s it Luxe? Well you’re going to spend a little more than you would, normally, on a night in but it’s still going to be Much less than you would on a night out. If everyone brings a drink, a dvd, a bag of pop corn or sweets and a bottle of nail polish then you can have a great night in. The host can cook some cheap oven cooked pizzas and garlic bread (which everyone can chip in for and which can be surprisingly nice if you get them from the fresh rather than frozen section, and Still very cheap) and then you can all swap and use someone else’s nail polish to mix things up, maybe bring some face masks as well and you can have a pamper session, watch some different films as everyone’s brought something different and eat some tasty food all for a Very small amount.
In a more general sense never forget 3 for 2 offers, if you’re a beauty junkie, like me, then Boots and Superdrugs’ offers are just fantastic and that’s not to mention reward points too – I can have a whole shopping trip just on reward points if I’ve saved up a bit! And don’t forget to use sites like Topcashback, you can earn plenty throughout the year and then when the more frugal months hit you’ve got some money saved so you can still look after yourself whilst buying lovely things for everyone else!
As well as money saving sites there are also streaming sites such as Netflix and Love Film, if you’re a movie buff then maybe, instead of buying dvds, you can subscribe to one of these services and still enjoy your favourite films without breaking the bank.
There’s so many ideas once you put your mind to it – I think the most important thing to remember is that, even during the festive period when you’re trying so hard to please everyone else, it’s ok to take some time out or spend a little bit of your budget on yourself!
This is a guest post by Laura from Petit Moi Big World.