We’re now 10 days away from the big day, and those of us caught up in the holiday spirit are trying to figure out ways to have a merry Christmas without breaking the bank or racking up a huge debt to worry about in 2015. This year has been challenging for many of us economically, what with the sliding dollar, wage freezes and steadily rising costs. Luckily for us, The Gleaner has teamed up with the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) to give you some creative ideas for a family of four, with budgets of $5,000, $10,000, $20,000 and $30,000.
- Share the purchasing of protein (chicken or beef) with family.
- Buy fruits, vegetables and ground provisions at the market on Thursday evening, when the price is lowest.
- Have a free night out – church or school concert, tree-lighting ceremonies, etc.
- Go to watchnight service with the family.
- Save Christmas dinner leftovers for seasoned rice, chop suey and other one-pot meals.
- Make gifts for each other with things you can find at home.