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How to save money at Christmas

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Christmas can be a particularly expensive time of year. However, that doesn’t mean we have to enter into the new year with huge credit card bills and regret. There are loads of ways to save money at Christmas and still have a fabulously festive time.

Make room for new gifts

Most people have a clearout before Christmas and this is a great opportunity to make some extra cash. Items you no longer want but that are in good condition can be sold on eBay, Gumtree or local selling pages on Facebook. If you have young kids you might have lots of toys that they’ve outgrown since Santa’s last visit. Rather than sell them all individually it is worth considering doing a car boot sale. You may be surprised at how much money you could make.

Shop around

You don’t have to do your Christmas food shop at the supermarket you always use. It might be cheapest for your everyday items but you may find that your Christmas goodies are priced lower elsewhere. You might want to buy your turkey at one shop, the trimmings at another and your alcohol at yet another to get the best deals. This is also true for present buying. Before you go shopping do a quick online search to establish what sales are on and where you might find items on your list at the best prices.

Don’t buy too much food

It’s easy to go overboard with food at Christmas but how may of us are still eating leftovers days later? Calculate how much food you’re going to need and make a list before you hit the supermarket. Try not to impulse buy and if you’re not sure you’ve got enough for Christmas dinner it’s much more cost effective to bulk it out with potatoes, veggies and Yorkshire puddings than meat. They’re easier to use up afterwards too.how to save money at christmas

Use cash back sites

Believe it or not, there are websites that offer you cash back if you shop through them. Sites such as topcashback.co.uk or quidco.co.uk allow users to get a percentage of what they spend back. They are free to sign up to and all you have to do is visit the site and click through to the store’s website from there. Once you have saved a certain amount you can claim cash or vouchers in return.

Cut down the number of gifts you buy

If your list of people to buy presents for is as long as your arm you might want to suggest either setting a budget or not buying for each other this year. It might be a difficult subject to broach but you may well find that the other person is thinking exactly the same thing.

Start shopping early

By shopping throughout the year you can spread the cost, save money at Christmas and also get the best deals when they become available. January and summer sales are great for finding bargains so if you see a gift that someone on your list would like buy it and put it away. Don’t forget where you stashed it though or you’ll end up buying twice!

Go to free events

Pantomimes, Santa’s grottos and visiting the Winter Wonderland can all be expensive, especially if you try to do everything. Instead keep an eye on your local paper and on social networking sites for free events. Most shopping centres host an event when they switch on their Christmas lights. These are usually free and are often attended by celebrities as well as Father Christmas himself.

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About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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