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12 weeks of Christmas 

6weeks until Christmas and everyone is starting to worry about the financial strain chrtimas put on the average household. 

Christmas on a budget! 

Christmas is the one time of year we all like to splerg and indulge. So here are a few ways to save some pennies without feeling like your cutting back or missing out. 

1. Christmas cards.

Although they can be found cheap as chips at 62p a stamp, posting them will quickly become extortionate. So only post what you really have to and send them out early so you can use 2nd class stamps at a marginally better 54p.

2. Wrapping paper.

For really close family members (grandparents etc) use the kids festive themed art work. It adds a beautiful homemade feel plus there’s no guilt from you for throwing away the 100th snowman picture?.

3. The pound shop.

They have a lovely array of decoration, home decor items, cards and wrapping materials. Shop wisely and with a list as it is all to easy to get sucked into the whole it’s only a pound thing, next thing you know you’ve spend triple what yoy truly intended. 

4. Letters from Santa.

Some companies charge you as much as £20 For a letter from Santa. Where as the royal mail will send you one for free! (Although they do not guarantee a reply we’ve always had one) . Or if you would prefer something a little more personal you could write it and post it yourself. That way you have a guaranteed letter saying exactly what YOU want it to?

5. Shop around.

The joys of smart phones, shop around to find the best price for the items you cannot miss off the list. 

There are websites out there that will do all the work for you.. idealo is just one of many. Aswell as giving you all the different prices and retailers it also give you all the information and specification of the product your searching for.

6. Discount codes.

Although discount codes and vouchers aren’t always easy to come by in the UK. If you sign up to email newsletters from things such as the big toy retailers. They quite often offer a “new customer ” style discount on your first order aswell as they email you with any offers or discount codes they currently have, saving you from keep searching for them. 

7. Only buy for the kids

Buying gifts for everyone just isn’t always financially viable. So what we do is anyone with children we agree they do not buy for us and we so not buy for them we only but for the children. 

8. Handmade family gifts.

Handmade gifts are a great touch. Try family hampers or movie night… even a basket full of homemade cookies and hot chocolate mix. Plus the kids can really feel like there get involved making them.

9. List for your lists. 

Write list for everything ;

  • Gifts
  • Food
  • Decorations 
  • To do list
  • Wrapping supplies 
  • Etc 

And most important stick to it! You will naturally as the weeks go on scrap half of the items on your list.  Checking it regularly will help you realise you don’t need 10 varieties of everything as your not feeding the entire town!.  This will automatically save you money, but most importantly it will keep you focused and stop you buying unnecessary bargin items. “It’s only a bargin if you actually needed it in the first place!”

10. Set a budget .

Once again this only works if you stick to it. Decide a set amount for each child, each couple or household as well as a food budget, decor budget etc.  This will help your spending stay undercontroll, aswell as make you really think about the gift your giving rather than just buying for the sake of buying. 
Well I hope you found at least one of these tips useful to save money this Christmas. 

Have a fab week !

Check out last weeks post of you missed it.

 

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