Here are five simple strategies that could help you save extra cash for the festive season
18 November 2021|2 minute read
If these holidays are anything like the 2020 festive season, Aussies are desperate to catch up with their loved ones without having to break the bank.
Here’s what you can do to tackle Christmas smartly and how you can enjoy the silly season on a budget.
It might seem like a well-known trick in the book, but there’s a good reason.
Setting a spend limit on everything from food to presents could help keep you from getting caught up in the festive buzz and forking out more than you should.
Chat to your family and friends to set a spend limit on gifts. This may also help you avoid any gift-giving awkwardness!
You can share your proposed spend-limit with your partner or family members to help you stay accountable and stick to your budget over the holidays.
Those last few pay cheques of the year often have to stretch a long way. If that sounds like you, you might consider a spring clean and start selling unwanted items.
Nine out of ten of us have unwanted stuff just lying around our homes, and classified site Gumtree says it could be worth up to $5,300 per household.
Now could be the time to sell as some Aussies could also be looking to pick up second-hand Christmas gifts.
Paying for Christmas gifts doesn’t have to mean raiding your savings. One in five of us have one or more unused gift cards stored away with an average remaining balance of $187 per person.
Instead of leaving your gift cards in limbo, you could put them to work paying for this year’s silly season purchases. Or, if the gift card is for a store you rarely shop at, see if you can exchange it for cash with a friend, family member or colleague.
As one of the biggest events of the year, Aussie’s have been known to spend an average of $122 on their Christmas meal per person. That’s almost $500 for a family of four!
Resist the urge to splurge between now and Christmas by dining in more often. Cook extra on weekends and freeze leftovers to avoid the Friday night takeout cravings and have a pantry clear-out to use what you already have.
If you haven’t already heard, 2021 offered interest rates at record-lows, with plenty of home loan rates starting with a 2.
If you’re looking to make some savings on your current home loan, now is a good time to chat with an Aussie Broker to see if you can lock in a lower rate through refinancing.
Even better, some lenders are offering competitive deals and incentives to refinance. That means there could room for you to save this holiday season by unlocking extra cash just by switching to a new loan!