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Christmas on a Budget

Looking to celebrate Christmas on a budget? All of our Christmas activities, gift lists and holiday recipes help you enjoy the holiday season for less money.

how to celebrate Christmas on a budget

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Celebrating Christmas can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday on a budget. One way is to focus on family time instead of gifts.

We like to focus on spending time together away from the stresses of work and school. My family enjoys trying new recipes and playing board games together. See more family fun activities below!

As for gift giving, you can get creative and still stay on your family budget. All of our gift guides keep this in mind. With a little planning and creativity, you can celebrate Christmas without breaking the bank.

Family Christmas Fun Activities

Free and low cost Christmas bucket list ideas

Free printable Christmas coloring pages

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Holiday charades (coming soon!)

Snowman with Tea Light ornament

Christmas tree with ornaments and lights

Favorite Resources for Christmas

Christmas decor, wrapping and more from DollarTree.com

Ugly Christmas sweaters from Fun.com

Advent calendars from Calendars.com

Chocolate Christmas bark alongside red mug of hot cocoa

Christmas Foods

Another fun activity to do with your family is make yummy treats to enjoy on this special holiday. You can enjoy them at home or share at a cookie exchange or Christmas party.

Christmas candy recipes

Rolo pretzel candy bites

Toffee saltine cracker candy

Peppermint chocolate truffles

Christmas tree pretzels

Peppermint chocolate popcorn

3-ingredient candy recipes for the holidays

Christmas cookie recipes

Peanut butter trees (naturally gluten-free)

Holiday sugar cookies with sprinkles

Peppermint cake mix cookies

Dipped gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread bites

3-ingredient holiday cookies

More Christmas recipes

Christmas appetizer recipes

Christmas tree snack ideas

Brown teddy bear wearing Santa hat

Christmas gift ideas

Giving gifts is one of the best parts of the holiday season! But gift-giving can also cause stress, especially when you’re living on a budget. All of our moneywise gift guides keep that in mind, so take a look whenever you’re seeking the right gift:

Pikachu Christmas gifts

Stocking stuffers for tween boys

Batman stocking stuffers

Christmas craft kits for teens

Stocking stuffers for tween girls

Superhero stocking stuffers

Star Wars stocking stuffers

Men’s stocking stuffers (coming soon)

More Christmas budget articles

Last minute Christmas shopping tricks

How to save money for holiday shopping

wrapping paper rolls laying on their side

Shopping after-Christmas bargains

One of my favorite traditions at the end of each holiday season is visiting stores to pick up any after-Christmas bargains that I can use right away or store for the following year. There are always a few great finds!

You’ll find clearance prices of 50%, 75%, or even 90% off at stores like CVS, Walgreens and Target. My top categories to find on clearance are:

Food and Miscellaneous

Look for holiday-shaped foods and packaging marked down for big savings. You’ll find Christmas tree-shaped pretzels, snowflake-shaped crackers and other snack foods included in holiday clearance sales. You may also find Ziploc containers, paper towels and household products with holiday prints.

Holiday-themed clothes

Check out Target, Old Navy and Children’s Place (both in-store and online) for cute holiday clothes in next year’s sizes. Often you can pick up themed shirts and leggings for $2-4.00 as opposed to the $8-15 price you’ll pay next December. You may also find holiday-themed socks, pajamas bibs and other items that will make great gifts next year.

Wrapping paper

Look for solid colors that you can use for birthdays throughout the year, not just holiday prints for next year. I typically pick up plain red, green, or brown kraft paper to use during the year. You can find clearance sales at Hallmark Stores for very high-quality wrapping paper.

Toys & other gifts

Hit up the toy clearance aisles for any kid birthdays happening in the first months of the New Year, since stores will need to reduce the inventory they stocked up for the holiday season.

I like to pick up little gifts that will go to teachers and friends next season, like holiday cookie cutters, kitchen towels, and other holiday-printed products. If you buy stocking stuffers each year, pick up holiday puzzle and coloring books on clearance. And at drugstores like CVS and Walgreens, look on the top shelves for gift-packaged toiletries that you use now.