How to save money at Christmas time.

Hey readers,

As we are fast approaching Christmas it can be a daunting prospect especially when you haven’t got a lot of money and you wonder how you are going to get through the period without being in debt. Here are my money saving tips for the festive period.

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Supermarkets.

Swap supermarkets when you do the shop for budget friendly ones Lidl and Aldi so much cheaper and the quality is still very good. Remember to write a list before you go as I have been guilt of being caught up in the moment and at least with a list you can stick to it and not buy too much food.

Yellow stickers.

In my household we buy our Christmas meat in the yellow stickers that are reduced at the end of the day and put it in the freezer. Saves an absolutely fortune. Also nowadays people are braver and don’t all go for turkey – don’t feel pressure if you don’t want, there is so many meats to choose from. Even better if you feel up to it you could go vegetarian and save the pounds there.

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Lists.

I do this when I feel stressed especially when you want to feel in control and set a budget and write a list, do your research, you will feel so much better for it. Check out the latest deals such as Martin Lewis website is excellent in finding the latest deals and offers out there.

Enough is best.

There is this preconceived idea that Christmas is this magic and perfect time for families. You need to change your ideology focus on spending time of family and don’t worry about being perfect, no one is right and it is ok to be enough without everything.

Courier.

If you are sending presents to relatives or friends don’t just rely on Royal Mail as a courier. Have a look around as there can be some services that are much cheaper.

Christmas post.

When sending a Christmas card in the post to someone a cheaper way to do is use second class stamps. However, it may take longer but make sure you’re earlier and then it should not be a problem and your purse will be happier for it.

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Christmas tree.

I know it is tempting to have a fresh tree as they seem to be the fashionable thing to do. But really it is a lot cheaper to opt for a fake tree as this will save you money in the long term. Not to mention the positive impact of choosing a more environmentally friendly option as a pose to buying a fresh tree that is chopped down just for Christmas and then checked away in a few weeks’ time.

My supermarket app.

A brilliant app that can save you money is mysupermarket.co.uk as you can look up products and compare them to the top supermarkets to see which is cheaper. You can also see the deals of each shop and grab a hot deal.

IOU.

We all know items in the shops are cheaper instantly after Christmas Day. One way to save some money is between you and say your friend is do an IOU (I owe you) meaning instead of handing your friend a present at Christmas do it after.

Don’t buy presents.

Or what you can do is agree to not buy presents, saves the stress but you can enjoy time with the family instead.

Cheers for reading X</p

3 Little Buttons

41 thoughts on “How to save money at Christmas time.

  1. This is a great post Sam, we all need to know how to tighten those purse strings at Christmas time, it’s a notorious time of year for overspending. Please do add this post to my Christmas linky on my blog (there is a link just under my header,) I’m going to be tweeting the posts up until Christmas and have a special pinterest board. xx
    #mmbc

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  2. We are doing acts of service year. Like vacuum a car. A week off from dishes. Breakfast in bed. A night out. Stuff that cost time not so much money. #anythinggoes

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  3. All very good tips and some I have not thought of. This year so far I feel chilled about the whole thing which is most unlike me. Giving up the idea of perfection is vital I think and none of us can pull off perfection and often it is that very fact that ends up making the very best and funniest Christmas memories in the end. Love how you help people with your posts #AnythingGoes

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  4. Christmas is such an expensive time. I’m a fan of gift bags – usually gift bags from the year before that I was given. I HATE the waste with xmas – not the financial waste, just all the useless single use rubbish! #Twinklytuesday

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  5. There are sone great tips here. We shop at many supermarkets but I’m always happy with my purchases from Aldi and Lidl – great products at a fraction of the cost. I also agree on your point about lists. I’ve been guilty of shoving things I don’t need in my basket when I go without a plan! #TwinklyTuesday

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  6. Great tips here lovely! I’m a yellow ticket fan but hubby isnt and gets worried about food poisoning. we have never had a real tree and for me putting it together is part of the fun!!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

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  7. Christmas time is always a time where people lose focus and overspend. We do the secret santa draw and only purchase a gift for one person as a set price limit. Then when it comes to food – we have been scaling down a lot from previous years. We do a combined Christmas lunch/dinner and everyone brings a dish #TwinklyTuesday

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