Christmas is really not that far away, and so now is the time to start making the plans to help you save for that time of year. We all know that the spending can get a little out of hand, especially if you leave things to the last minute. But don’t despair, here are a few tips to help you Save for Christmas and to still have a jolly time.
Buy gifts when the bargains are there to be had
Buying gifts last minute always means one thing, you are going to spend more than you would like or more than you can afford. Fact. But, with a little careful preparation you can make some big savings when it comes to the gifts.
First of all, there are some great bargain days to be had including Black Friday sales coming up. If you look online you could even find yourself some Black Friday vouchers to bring the costs down even further.
You might also want to think about combining purchases as many stores have three for two offers available and one off sales.
Meal plan and start buying in now
December is a month of food and drink, especially around the Christmas holidays, so why not make sure that you can enjoy this time of year without blowing all your budget at the supermarket.
Meal planning and preparation in advance can make a big difference. You can hunt out the bargains, choose the best places to shop and also make sure that you have everything you need in advance. Taking advantage of your freezer is a great idea.
Make your own gifts for people this year
If you rate really coincides of your budget this year, then why not start making your own gifts for people instead of buying them something.
You can make some great foodie gifts or if you have a certain skill then you could really use that your advantage. Pinterest and Instagram are full of inspiration.
Plan your schedule and don’t over commit
The Christmas period is always going to be a busy one socially, so you may want to ensure that you can do all you can to enjoy the season, but to not have to spend too much.
Don’t over commit yourself and plan the period as best you can. Making sure you have days where you can just relax and enjoy the festivities with family at home instead.
There is nothing like a Christmas movie afternoon that is not only great for your wallet but is fun as well.
Use your loyalty card points
Finally, many of us have those loyalty card points that we have collected over the course of the year, but a lot of us forget to use them, and this could be a big mistake.
You may have a lot built up on your card and not even realise it. This could give you some huge savings on all sorts of things such as food and gifts.
I hope that these tips help you to Save for Christmas and enjoy the season too!
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