There are a lot of times when we spend extra money and family birthdays are one of these. It can be really lovely to spend a lot of money on our family and buy them really lovely presents and lots of them. However, this can be really expensive and so it can be wise to find ways to cut down on the cost so that you do not spend more than you can afford.
If you start shopping or at least looking around for ideas early, then it can help you to save money. If you leave it until the last minute you may end up shopping just in a few shops and spending more than you need to. You may even end up buying things that you are not that happy with as well. So start early and browse to find the sorts of things that you might like to get. You will be able to compare the prices as well and think about what you can get for the money that you can afford to spend. It will allow you to choose more easily and give some thought to what might be the best gift.
Look for sales
It can be wise to look out for sales and other reductions in order to make sure that you get the best possible prices. This needs to be done with caution though as you need to make sure that you are not buying things just because they are cheap. This may sound odd but you should be looking or the items that you have decided that you want to buy but at a reduced price. If you buy things just because they are cheap you may end up buying things that you are not happy with. It can be so easy to think that you are getting a bargain when you end up just getting things that you do not like once you get home, so be very careful. However, sales can be a great way to buy some really good things that you have been looking for, at a reduced price.
Consider second hand
It might be worth considering buying some second hand items. If you take a look in second hand shops you will find that there are many different things. They may even be some new things or some items which look new that you might prefer to buy. If you are buying for children they may not even notice if the items are new or not.
Buy one good thing rather than lots of small
Many people like to buy lots of smaller presents so that the recipients have lots to open. Although this can really help the excitement last longer, it may not be the best thing to do. Lots of small presents can actually end up being more expensive than one larger gift. There has also been research done to show that people remember what gifts that had more so if they only have one gift rather than a lot. One way to give lots of gifts to children, without spending extra is to give them things you would be buying them anyway such as toiletries, clothes and snack foods.
Save up beforehand
It can be really wise to start saving up for a birthday well in advance of the occasion. This will mean that you will have more money available to spend when it comes to it. It may mean that you just save up a little bit of money each month, you will have some savings to be able to make the birthday more affordable.
Reduce costs of wrapping and cards
When buying a gift we tend to not only pay out money on the gift but also on wrapping it up and on a card. By cutting these down or out, we could save money too. It can be good to keep wrapping paper that people put on gifts for you, so that you can reuse it on other gifts. If you carefully remove any tape and iron the paper it can be used again and the recipient is unlikely to notice. Children are especially bad at noticing wrapping paper, they just want to get it off to see the gift.
No present pact
If you have family members who are adults that you buy gifts for then you could come up with a no present pact. This means that you do not buy gifts for each other at all so that you ca save money. You could just get together and enjoy each other’s company, perhaps cook a meal or enjoy a drink together. As adults we usually do not need that much and tend to buy things for ourselves when we do need them and so buying gifts may mean that you end up buying things that they do not really need or want. Therefore it can be a waste of time and money and much better to just not bother at all.