With Christmas just around the corner, you’re probably looking at your dwindling bank account and praying, hoping, wishing for someone to fill it up. We all have friends and families that deserve the absolute best on the 25th December, but sometimes all we can afford is a Wilko notebook. So to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 10 hacks for saving money over Christmas.
If you shop on Amazon a lot, then you MUST check out Amazon Outlet. It is full of discounted and overstocked products for a reduced price. So anything you want, double-check the outlet section first!
Gifts do not always have to be expensive! It’s worth keeping an eye out for little thoughtful trinkets, which we have given you some ideas for on the link above!
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4. Make a gift list for people
It is much harder to overspend when you plan it out. You’re a lot less likely to double the budget if you go out with a list!
5. Compare prices
As with anything, Christmas presents can often be bought from lots of locations, both online and in person. So make sure you check where else you can find things, and for how much, before making the final purchases.
With winter, and Christmas, comes the ever-exciting Black Friday. Whilst this year Black Friday is exclusively online due to lockdown, pretty much everywhere is running some sort of insane offer for you to take advantage of. It is probably possible for you to buy all of your presents on that one day, for half the money you’d usually spend!
7. Track your spending
If you’re someone who uses contactless or PayPal a lot, there is a high chance that you’re familiar with the notion of checking your bank and being very underwhelmed. There are ways to stop this. One, log out of PayPal. Two, leave your contactless card alone, or take Apple Pay off your phone. Three. Look into spending tracker apps, or banks with that facility like Monzo.
8. Group gift or secret Santa
If you’re buying for friends that live in the same flat, maybe discuss doing group gifts! Or if you’re all in one friendship group, Secret Santa is a great way to make sure everyone gets something good, but people only have to buy one gift each. It’s much nicer to get one really good, heartfelt gift than 5 things you’ve never wanted.
Similarly to checking around for prices, it is always worth checking places like eBay. A lot of the things for sale are new, or in fantastic condition, but are a fraction of the price. It is also a more sustainable way to shop, if that is something you’re interested in.
10. Check student discounts
If you have yet to sign up for Unidays, Student Beans, Totum Online, etc. Then do it. Now. Or, if you are shopping anywhere in person, be sure to have these apps installed and your student ID on you. Ask every. Single. Shop. If they have student discount. After all, don’t ask, don’t get.