Don’t Let your Finances Suffer this Christmas

It’s nearly Christmas! Everyone’s getting ready to snuggle up around the fire, drink hot chocolate and watch Christmas classics on the telly! When all the festivities commence, the last thing you want to be doing is worrying about money. There are many ways you can save money this season, whilst keeping the Christmas spirit alive! Here are some easy tips to help you have a cost-effective Christmas.

Travel

Planning a holiday this Christmas? Perhaps a trip to see the grandparents, or trying to escape the weather by fleeing to the southern hemisphere? Buying train or plane tickets can get really expensive, especially at this time of year. So it’s a good idea to buy them as far in advance as possible, this can save you big time. The Trainline has a free Price Prediction tool, this can show you how much the ticket price is likely to rise, and by which date, helping you get the best deal. As for plane tickets, using comparison sites such as Kayak or Skyscanner will help you find the cheapest tickets, filtering through loads of airlines so you don’t have to! If you’re heading to a popular resort, booking a package holiday could be cheaper than booking everything separately.

Shopping

Shopping for many of us takes a huge chunk out of our budgets. However, there are some ways that you can cut the costs at the checkout. Making a list is very important when you go shopping, as this will help you to work out exactly what you need and how much it will cost. This will also stop you from impulse-buying, something many of us are guilty of, especially when Christmas shopping!

Money saving deals and vouchers can be helpful but be wary, as they are made to make us want to spend more money. Don’t buy three of something that you only need one of just because there’s a 3 for 2 deal! When buying gifts, another good idea is to shop around, compare the price of the item in different stores to try and get the best deal! If you’re not sure about something, check the reviews of the product before buying to make sure it’s worth it.

Second-Hand Marketplaces

Buying gifts for the whole family can get really expensive. So using second-hand sites such as eBay and Gumtree can help you find great items for an even better price! You can find unwanted Christmas trees, toys that are in great condition, or even gift sets and people’s unwanted gifts from last Christmas! This is a great way to find unique gifts without having to break the bank. Second-hand decorations are also a good idea, and even better, homemade! Get your kids crafting paper snowflakes and have your home feeling utterly festive in no time!

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

Next year’s Christmas might seem a long time away, but preparing early can really help make the difference. Putting a bit of money aside each month specifically for next Christmas will help you build a nice sum to work with, and you’ll be thanking your past self! Set a goal amount of money that you would like to have for next year, and work out much you have to save per month to reach it. This will save you the last minute panic, and will make sure you and your family have a great Christmas every year!

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