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How to reduce your Christmas spending: 6 tricks

Tuesday December 24 2013

Ken Muthama shops for decorations at shop 100 along Koinange street on 17th December 2013.

Ken Muthama shops for decorations at shop 100 along Koinange street on 17th December 2013. Photo/FILE 

ANNIE NJANJA
By ANNIE NJANJA
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Cutting down on holiday spending doesn’t have to mean cutting down on holiday fun.

Here are ways to plan a fun and affordable holiday:

1. CREATE A BUDGET

A cheaper Christmas starts with a solid spending plan. Look over your finances, and decide how much you can afford to spend on Christmas.

Then, divide this amount among your various Christmas expenses – gifts, food and decorations.

2. MAKE A GIFT LIST
Bring focus to your gift spending by creating a list of all the people you plan to shop for.

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Then, set a spending limit for each person, and jot down gift ideas before heading out to shop.

3. TRIM DOWN YOUR GIFT LIST

Have more people on your gift list than you can afford to buy for? Then, it’s time to give that list a trim.

Look over your current list, and decide whom you have to shop for and whom you don’t.

Remember: a shorter Christmas list is always better than adding debt and stress to your life.

This story first appeared in Nairobi News. CLICK HERE to read the full version

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