25 November, 2017

10 Ways To Save Money for Christmas

Christmas is just weeks away but luckily I have already saved over £300 on my presents.  How did I do that? Well, the simple answer is by planning and taking advantages of coupons, deals and glitches.

Today I'm going to share with you my top 10 tips on how you can save money and get the most from your money at Christmas.

1. Start on Boxing Day 

Some of you who know me will know that for me Christmas for the following year starts on Boxing Day, Yes this may be a bit premature but you can really save yourself a lot of money. Every Year I wake up or go to bed late to take advantage of those boxing day deals online.  You can end up buying rolls of wrapping paper for as little as 5p a roll! I also do the same with Christmas cards and stocking fillers as these are normally extremely cheap with some places offering up to 75% off.

2. Make a List 

I always make lists and Christmas is no exception. Having a list or several in my case keeps me on track on what I'm spending and who I'm buying for.

3. Freebie Websites

I love a freebie and they can be great little gifts, from beauty products and food to candles and baby products.  To find all the latest Freebies UK it's fantastic for searching for all the latest freebies.

4. Present Ideas 

 Over the course of the year, I make little notes of things my friends and family have said they liked. Some of the things I write down are things such as a scent or specific perfume, books, DVDs, and even home decor anything I think may be useful I jot down in my notepad.

5. Deals 

Always look for the deals first, I never pay full price unless I really have too! Would you rather pay full price for three items when you could have saved the price of one if you used another store that had it on offer on 3 for 2?  Shop around and you will be surprised by the deals you find.

6. Store Sales

During the run-up to Christmas stores put on sales, for example, a couple of weeks ago I went to the Sainsburys toy sale. I know it's on every October but the date may not always be the same and they do not advertise the date in advanced.  I keep a check on this by using couponing and money saving Facebook groups as the dates normally get leaked.
I save over £60 on gifts in the Sainsburys Toy sale, so it really pays to be patient and organised.

7. Coupons

If you aren't a couponer then now is a perfect time to start, there are many websites with free downloadable coupons which you can use on a variety of items from food and pet items to beauty and baby.  Be clever with your coupons and wait until they become on offer in store as then you can potentially get your items for free!
Also if you have a store card like a Boots, Tescos and Nectar watch out for your Christmas coupons!

8. Apps 

Downloading apps such as Checkout Smart and voucher codes will also give you another platform to save money. All you have to do is find an item on the list and check for a money back offer or online voucher. If you're using Checkout Smart you can take a picture of the barcode and then upload the receipt, once you've done this you will be rewarded to your account on the app and once you reach a certain amount you can withdraw into your own bank account. Very handy for food over the festive season and if you combine it with actual coupons you can basically walk away with free food.

9. Glitches 

I love using couponing Facebook groups such as Extreme Couponing and Freebies for finding glitches. If your unsure of what a glitch is then it's an error on a product online or sometimes in store. Normally the items are at really reduce price and sometimes you can even stack this with promotional codes and offers. However, with a glitch, you have to be quick and sometimes stores don't honour them.

10. Discounted Website 

I love love love love love! using sites like Wowcher and Groupon they are perfect for finding gifts for Christmas, they are also great for days out and events so do go and have a look. I would be extra careful when ordering though as sometimes I've had to wait longer for delivery on certain items so bear that in mind when shopping close to Christmas Day.


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