Some people can worry a lot about not being able to be generous enough to others if they are trying to save money. They may feel that they will be seen as tight and that they may not get so much pleasure from giving because they will not be giving so much. However, there are ways that you could still be generous without spending too much money.
If you like giving to charity then it could be possible for you to give your time rather than money. Donating time can actually be more valuable than money in some cases as there may be no alternative. There may also be things that you can do that are worth more than the money that you may have given. Whether you can give time will depend on what you are giving to. If it is gifts to friends and family then you may feel they would rather a gift than your time. However, it may be possible that they would appreciate you doing some housework, gardening or babysitting for them rather than you giving them a gift. It can be worth discussing this with them or trying it out.
Seek out bargains
If you still want to buy items then you might be able to buy as many things but also save money if you look for bargains. This may mean that you will need to spend a lot more time shopping as you will need to look into different shops and see what is available and how much it is. You should compare prices and you may be able to buy things in the sales as well. It can be wise to start shopping well in advance so that you have lots of time to get everything that you need.
Cut spending elsewhere
It could be the case that you will be able to cut spending in other areas so that you can still give just as much. You may have luxuries that you buy for yourself and you could go without those. You might even be able to cut the amount that you are spending on necessities as well by switching suppliers or retailers. Do be careful about value for money though as if you get something which is very cheap it may not last as long or taste as good and so could end being thrown away or replaced very quickly which will end up costing more money and not less.
Buy second hand
Another option is to purchase second hand goods. These are usually significantly cheaper and so can help you to save money. You may not like the idea of giving people second hand goods, but you could consider buying them for yourself so that you save money that way. Some good sin second hand shops are actually brand new and some have had very little use and so no one would even know that there were not new.
It is also worth thinking about the fact that people that you give gifts too would not want you to spend more money than you can afford. They would be keen to make sure that you are not suffering just to give them things. Of course, some people do not think like that and are rather selfish and would be happy for others to suffer for their benefit. However, this is rare, particularly with people that are close to you as they will care about you and would not want to think that you are struggling for them. It may even be that they do the same thing when they are buying gifts for you and it could be better to have a no gift pact where you agree to spend no money on each other and therefore not struggle to manage. If that is not something you want to do then you could have a limited budget so that you do not feel that you have to spend a large amount but can spend a more manageable amount.
It is also worth thinking about whether you are giving so much because of pressure from the media and shops rather than because that is really what you want to do. Retailers want us to think that if we don’t give very much then we are being mean, but they only say that to try to get you to spend more money with them. In fact research has shown that people tend to remember what they are given more if it is just one present rather than if it is a lot so do not feel pressured to buy lots and lots of things. Also think about whether you are giving to make you feel good or to make others feel good. If it is for you, then ou might be better off spending less and making sure that you have enough money for essentials, but if it is for others then try to find some ways to give which do not cost so much money or save money in other ways.