Tips for saving cash this Christmas

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Published: Friday 16th December 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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We all know that Christmas can be an expensive time of year. There are so many people to buy for, the house needs decorating, and your guests need feeding and watering. Not to mention the extra pounds that you’ll end up spending on your energy bills to keep the house warm and the tree lit.

That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to ensure that you save as much money as possible this December.

Make a list, check it twice

Before you do anything, draw up a list of who you need to buy for and how much you can spend. It’s easy to get a little distracted when shopping, especially when there are so many lovely things out there that your loved ones will like.

Write down what you need to buy and stick to it. Try not to purchase any unnecessary gifts, as they all add up and could cost you more than anticipated.

Shop around and compare prices

Don’t buy the first thing that you see in the first shop you visit. Have a shop around to compare prices and brands. Luckily, we live in a world where, with a quick tap of our phones, we can see the best products at the lowest prices.

Similarly, use apps like mySupermarket to compare the price of Christmas dinner.

Download cashback apps

Apps like Topcashback and Quidco mean that you can earn cashback on your shopping in a wide variety of retailers.

It’s simple: all you do is download the app, browse their websites and click through to your desired retailers. Then, just shop as you would normally.

It works because retailers pay the app companies commission for your purchase, and Topcashback and Quidco will just pass this straight back to you. Clever, eh?

Find vouchers

Voucher sites like Groupon and Wowcher have become big news in the past few years. You can find great deals and discounts from local businesses and national retailers by simply inputting where you live.

Alternatively, a quick Google search or visiting a retailer/restaurant on social media could present a money off deal. It’s always best to check.

Make your own

If you’re really strapped for cash but a dab hand with a glue stick, you can easily make your own gifts and decorations.

You certainly don’t need to be Kirsty Allsop to create a wonderful homemade Christmas, so search sites such as Pinterest to get inspired.

If you’re brand new to crafting, stick to making your own Christmas cards or paper garlands this year. If you want to take it up a notch, why not gift your mum some handmade soap or a candle?

What’s more, you can get the kids involved, which also means you won’t have to spend extra money on entertaining them on cold winter weekends.

Sell your old stuff

Flogging your unwanted items can free up a little cash and space in your home this Christmas.

Have a clear out of everything you no longer want and sell it via online apps and sites, such as eBay, Depop and Facebook Marketplace. If you’re not tech-savvy, you could instead head to your local car boot sale.

The rest of it? Donate to charity! You won’t be saving any money, but you will be doing a good deed, as well as creating much-needed space in your home.

Buy nearly new stuff

Whilst you’re selling your old bric-a-brac, have a browse of some of the other sellers’ items. We’re not suggesting you give your dad an old pair of trainers this Christmas, but that original vintage record player could be the perfect gift for your music-loving daughter.

Create some magic

Remember, Christmas isn’t all about the pounds in your pocket. Instead, share the gifts of love and time with your family.

Let the kids have a cosy sleepover in the living room with their friends, or cook your partner a romantic meal. Little gestures often go further than money at Christmastime.

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Published: Friday 16th December 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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