Christmas shopping can be an expensive story, especially when a large part of the bill comes in January. So it is important to determine in advance how much Christmas will cost. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your Christmas budget.
Christmas trade in numbers
But first, a few words about the Christmas trade, which begins at the end of November / December. In 2017, this meant additional sales in trade of $ 16 billion, ie $ 1,600 per Swedish. The stores take on 15,000 additional employees. Best sells toys and then the bookshop, goldsmiths and electronics retailers.
This year’s Christmas present
Every year, the Swedish Trade and Industry Institute awards this year’s Christmas present. This started with the baking machine in 1988. It has since been about everything from the mobile phone (1994), the book (1999), the DVD player (2000) to the nail mat (2009). 2017 became the electric bike. This year’s Christmas present is the recycled garment.
Christmas savings tips
- If you are going to travel to family and friends over Christmas, then it is important to book your tickets on time to get the best price and to get a seat at all. Bus can be a cheaper alternative to the train, although it is not as convenient.
- One third of Swedes buy their Christmas presents online. It can be a great way to find the best prices. At the same time, it is convenient to have things run home when it works. But be sure to be out on time, as it often intertwines with deliveries and delivery as Christmas approaches.
- Use price comparison sites and browse the various companies’ websites before deciding, especially if it is about capital goods.
- Be sure to save receipts and packages when shopping online. They may be needed if you need to use the warranty or if you want to return an item. Remember that you automatically have 14 days right of withdrawal when you buy online.
- Keep an eye on the bills if you shop for invoices online. They are often paid fairly quickly, sometimes even after 10 days. If you miss it, you may suffer unnecessary reminder fees.
- Should you shop in regular business, try to take time off and do it during the daytime on a weekday. Then it is less with people, less stressful and you get more reflection time. Then you have more opportunity to keep track of the money. And be sure to be out on time, before the worst Christmas rush.
- If you are in need of money, agree with your loved ones to cut down on Christmas presents. For most people, Christmas food, decorations and Christmas music are still more important than presents.
- Do not buy more Christmas food than you will do away with. It is unnecessary and expensive to throw away food. Should you need to replenish, most stores are open again in the days. Bet on what’s good and popular and skip those things you buy for the Christmas table just for the sake of sight.
- Take the opportunity to cook and freeze if you are still doing such things as John’s temptation, meatballs, lice cats or homemade bread.
- Christmas is a great opportunity for cheap entertainment such as playing party games, reading a book, walking or stretching on some good TV series.
- Keep in mind that much can be cheaper during the mid-day sale. A gift card can therefore provide more value for money than a regular Christmas present.
Facts box Swedish Christmas shop
- In 2017, the Christmas trade meant additional sales of approximately $ 16 billion.
- In total, the Christmas trade has a turnover of approximately $ 79 billion.
- The total Christmas trade gives more than $ 25 billion in tax revenue.
- The biggest upswing in the Christmas trade is in toys and then for the bookshop, goldsmiths and electronics retailers.
- The trade takes in 15,000 extra employees for the Christmas trade.
- Every third person buys a majority of their Christmas presents online.
- Every fourth consumer buys Christmas presents from foreign online retailers.
- Half of all Swedes buy their Christmas presents locally in stores in the locality where they live.
- 71% of Swedes are happy to give Christmas presents and 57% to receive presents.
- Christmas food, decorations and Christmas music are what most people consider important for a real Christmas.
- For Christmas, approximately 5,400 tonnes of Christmas ham are sold for a value of $ 435 million.