This post may contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission at no cost to you. Please read the full disclosure here.Yep, did you know you don't have to spend any money at Christmas?!?! Want to make Christmas on a Zero budget? It is a crazy thought in today's society. But, it is a lovely thought on the other hand. And completely possible! For me personally, I would rather spend time with my loved ones rather than in the craziness of overspending, the preparation, and undue stress.
Most noteworthy, let us dig into the statistics behind Christmas (in case you need convincing):
- The Christmas industry is anticipated to top over ONE TRILLION Dollars for 2016, according to Deloitte Holiday Survey.
- In the U.S., adults planned to spend an average of $831 on Christmas gifts in 2016, according to a Gallup survey.
- In that same survey, 30% of those respondents planned to spend over $1,000 while 23% planned to spent under $250.
- These trends have stayed consistent over the years and continue to grow.
- Women spend on average 83 hours in Christmas preparations, according to an online survey done in Australia (Pure Profile and Broadway Shopping Centre). To top that off, one in three spend over 160 hours in preparation for the Christmas! EEK!
- Families feel pressured to spend more at Christmas than they can afford. Uh oh!
- It is estimated between 62-75% of people will spend more than what they planned in their Christmas budget. Yikes!
Now, that statistics have been laid out. How can you spend ZERO at Christmas?
Here are 3 Simple Ways Spend ZERO at Christmas in a Materialistic Society:
1. Give the Gift of Your Talents
Every person is unique and has their own individual strengths and talents. Why not use them to bless another person? Maybe you are great with creating freezing meals; you can teach other how to meal plan like you. Maybe you a techie wiz; you could provide support to those who struggle finding the one button. Maybe you can do a child care swap with another mom? Be creative. If you have kids, they can make coupons to be given to family. For instance, 3 hours of yardwork for grandma, breakfast in bed for mom, stay up late cards for the kids, etc. The other benefit when you Give the Gift of Your Talents is you are able to spend time with this the receiver of your gift. Win-win situation!
2. Give the Gift of Time
This always is the most memorable gifts! The gift of spending quality time with my family and friends. Instead of the 80-160 hours spent preparing for Christmas, you can hang out with your family. You can make it completely free or you can spend a little money on an activity together. For example, pack a lunch and head to a new park in another city. You have to eat, so you truly aren't spending money on a present. Another example are coupons to be spend time together. Be creative! Give the Gift of Time. This is the most memorable gifts you can give especially to children.
3. Give the Gift to Bless Others
A couple Christmases ago, I was really struggling what to give everyone in our family. Everyone over 30 would just buy what they needed, when they needed, and really didn't want anything. So that Christmas, I decided to give to a charity in honor of that person. I tailored their interests with the gift given to the charity. For instance, my mother-in-law is a retired teacher. I found a charity that provided the tools and resources for teachers to teach underserved children in the poorest of countries. It was a Gift to Bless Others. I continue to give these type of gifts. Yes, I am spending money on this one, but my gifts are multiplied by giving to so many more people than just one person.
Bonus Tip for a Christmas on a Zero Budget:
For those of you with children, let them explore boxes, paper, crayons, recycled goods, etc. It is amazing to watch how my own children explore and develop their own stories using recycling items for hours on end. Hours of learning! Fun for hours! Hours of FREE gifts! Hence, the trendy name for it… It's called STEM!
Related Post: 8 Simple Tips to Stay on Budget at Christmas
Need to learn how to create a budget that isn't constricting? Check out the Cents Plan.
All in all, there are ways to spend ZERO on Christmas in a materialistic society. Above, we laid out ways to have Christmas on a zero budget. You have to think outside of the box, refuse to give into the advertisements, say no to social pressure, and let your heart decide what gifts to give this Christmas.
Comment below on how you plan to ZERO on Christmas this year.