Christmas Budget Planner
17 Tips for saving money before Christmas
So now you know how much you need to save each week to afford your perfect Christmas, but how can you put this money aside when you have everything else to pay for?
Here’s some easy things you can do to help you save each week.
Identify a pricey luxury that you could swap for an own-brand for a few weeks and save the difference. Or why not try a family challenge to give up takeaways, bacon, cheese, or dessert for a month. Both your health and your bank account will thank you!
Stopping drinking for a month can save you around £65, and smokers save an average of £250 by quitting for a month! Whichever your vice, take advantage of the support of all the other people taking part in these challenges over the month.
Food prices rocket as soon as the Christmas packaging comes out in supermarkets. Take advantage of deals now by buying early and freezing food. For even bigger savings, note what time your supermarket gets the yellow stickers out and freeze the reduced items at the end of the day.
The Royal Mail gets busier and busier in the run up to Christmas, so their guaranteed pre Christmas delivery dates are much earlier than you would expect, especially for abroad. Make sure to check their site to find the latest dates that you can still post your cards by the cheapest services.
Children's costumes for Halloween or Christmas parties are always marked up around this time of year. See if another parent could just swap last year's outfit with yours, that way both children have a new outfit, but no money has been spent!
Don't panic about having to spend a lot of money on someone who seems to have everything, there are lots of great charity gifts to fit any budget that anyone would love. Take a look through this guide from Money Saving Expert for inspiration.
Winter fuel bills can hit you hard when you're used to summer prices. Look out for the article on our blog page on how to keep the warmth in your home for free, and how to make sure you're on the cheapest energy tarif.
Instead of buying a gift for everyone in a group, why not suggest a Secret Santa? It adds a fun dynamic to the gift giving process and saves everyone money. Plus, with everyone able to spend slightly more, everyone gets a nicer gift – including you!
Black Friday can be the savvy shopper's dream, or the unprepared shopper's nightmare! Make sure you have a plan and are looking for discounts on specific products. Don't get sucked in by huge reductions on brands you would never buy! Look out for our Ultimate Black Friday Guide in our blogs page.
Morrisons offer free wine glass rental (with a small deposit) when you buy 6 bottles or more. So, don't buy extras just for a dinner or party if you won't use them regularly.
If you're posting parcels or gifts that weigh over 2kg, Royal Mail is a really expensive option. Take a look online for cheap personal couriers who can deliver for less – some will even collect the parcel from your house.
We love these Christmas Cheques from Money Saving Expert. If you're looking for top up gifts for your loved ones, why not give them a cheque promising a night of babysitting, all the cooking for a week, or a 30 minute massage? The possibilities are endless and you'll end up with a really personal gift.
What better gift that a personalised video from Santa? A few websites offer this but our favourite is Portable North Pole. There's also some great Santa trackers available from Christmas eve. We like this one which includes loads of mini videos and great facts to keep them occupied. Okay so this final tip isn't necessarily a money saver, but it's free and will surely occupy the kids for a few precious minutes.
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