7 Ways to Save Money This Christmas
Take the cost out of Christmas this year
One of the longest running Christmas traditions is putting a silver coin in the Christmas pudding.
Today most people use a 5p piece. The trouble is you might not have a 5p left over! As fun and magical as Christmas is it's also very expensive.
It doesn't have to be that way. You can still enjoy a great Christmas without spending lots of money. Here 7 top tips to save money this Christmas
A tradition from across the pond, Black Friday has become bigger and bigger in the UK. The biggest retailers in the country offer huge savings across their products. It's a great time to get your Christmas shopping done.
Most online retailers offer special Black Friday deals and if you're feeling brave, you can join the scrums in the actual stores where you might find even more savings.
Make a shopping list
It works for Santa so why can't it work for you? It's far too easy to go out Christmas shopping and buy more than you need.
Impulse buying is a big danger in the festive season so make a list of who you need to buy for and stick to it. Warning! You will need serious will power!
Change your supermarket
Yes, Aldi and Lidl are cheaper but that doesn't mean the quality is any worse. Food shopping at Christmas can get expensive very quickly. Give yourself a break and try a cheaper supermarket.
You can also look for own brand Christmas favourites. You'd be surprised by how tasty they are and own brand Christmas puddings are winning taste tests.
Don't buy too much food
Christmas dinner at my house looks like a medieval banquet. There is food and drink everywhere.
If you're still eating Turkey sandwiches in January, you've brought too much food. Save your money and don't buy so much this year.
Use cashback sites
Cashback sites are a good idea all year round but they are perfect for Christmas.
They give you cashback on your shopping, so in effect you're getting paid to shop. With all the presents you buy this time of year its a great way to save money.
Make your own decorations and cards
Add a personal touch to your decorations or Christmas cards and make them yourself. You'll be surprised by how much money you spend on cards or decorations. Show someone how much you care about them by taking time to make their Christmas cards. Decorating your tree with decorations you've made yourself will get you into the festive mood.
Buy your decorations and cards in January
Okay if arts and crafts aren't your thing you can still save money on decorations and cards. They all go into the sales in January as stores want to get rid of left over stock. Just because Christmas is a year away doesn't mean you can't save money on it. Just don't forget where you stashed the cards you bought when Christmas comes round!
As Andy Williams sang, "It's the most wonderful time of the year". if you follow these tips it need not be an expensive time of the year. Even if you use 2 or 3 of them you can save money this Christmas.
If you have your own Christmas money saving tip share them in the comments below.