Does your budget tend to disappear at Christmas time? Christmas can be the most expensive time of the year, but there’s no need to worry, you can still make Christmas good on a budget! Here are our tips to save money and stress this Christmas.
Create a budget
Creating a budget is the first and most important step to ensuring your money lasts throughout the month. An easy way to do this is by starting an excel document – include how much you can spend this month and what you need to spend on first, and then take off how much money you will have left spare for presents and going out.
Don’t buy expensive presents
Your family and friends are unlikely to expect much from you so don’t buy too many expensive presents. You have the rest of your life to spend money on your friends and family, but this year they know you are a student so don’t worry about not buying anything expensive for your loved ones.
Instead of buying Christmas presents for each of your friends why not opt for a group secret Santa? A budget of £10 could save you a lot of money and everyone will receive a present. This could take the pressure off everyone having to spend their money on presents.
Use student deals to your advantage
You may not have money to make use of student deals any other time of the year but don’t forget websites like studentbeans and unidays – they have plenty of discounts for you and they are free to sign up to as long as you have a student email account.
Get a Christmas temp job
If you are really struggling for money and are worried you will not have enough to get you through the month, why not apply for a Christmas temp job back home? Lots of supermarkets will be hiring over Christmas and it could be the perfect way to keep you busy while also being able to afford to go out with your friends.
We hope you find these tips useful and have a wonderful DIGSmas!