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5 Easy Ways To Start Saving For Christmas!



With Christmas at just 126 days away, yes I am counting I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share my tips on how you can start saving and making money for Christmas now if you haven't already done so. Every year, after New year is out of the way I tell myself that I will start saving and make sure I buy all of my Christmas presents early this year round. Of course this never happens and come December I'm panicking because I've left it all to last minute as usual. Not this year, I've already made a start on Amelia's presents and will be finishing off everyone else by the end of October so I am well prepared and can relax before baby boy arrives. 

Here are a few of the things I've done to help save the pennies:

1. Sell used items 

Need to make room for all of your new Christmas presents? Why not try and get rid of any items you no longer use or want. This is a great way to get some extra cash before Christmas. I am planning to put up a lot of items on eBay soon especially with a new baby on the way we have many items which Amelia is no longer using which can be sold. Car boot sales and pawn brokers are also great ways of getting rid of unwanted items. You could also dish out any old mobile phones you may have thrown in the cupboard when you upgraded and sell them on sites like Mazumba where you can get some money back by recycling them. I recently got £150 for one of my old iPhones.

2. Cash back sites

Why not sign up to cashback sites like Quidco and Topcashback where you can earn money each time you buy a Christmas present or even throughout the year from buying gifts for birthdays. You earn a percentage of your final costs back and even though it may not sound a lot at the time it all adds up. Cashback sites also allow you to use voucher codes too, so this is great for taking advantage of discounts at the same time.

3. Give up a bad habit

Giving something up is a fantastic way to save some money over a period of time. Why not cut back on that takeaway you get twice a week and only get it once a week. Do you really need that DVD you wanted to buy, or could you lend it off a friend next week? Think of ways to save money where you could easily cut back on or give up something. It's an easy way to save money and you may break a bad habit too. Smoking is another habit which you could give up and save up to £2000 a year! 

4. Store cards 

Ensure that you are using your Boots advantage card and supermarket loyalty cards in the run up to Christmas as the points can be used to purchase presents or go towards the Christmas food shop. Many also have double points offers so keep an eye out for those too! We do our weekly shop at Tesco and have collected £45 worth of vouchers so far this year, hopefully by Christmas we will have around £80 which will come in handy towards the Christmas shop. 

5. Switch energy provider

It's worth checking your gas and electricity options every year as you can save £100's by switching and some even give you money back. It's definitely work taking a look on the comparison sites such as Uswitch and gocompare, sit down one evening and work out how much you can save. You will be surprised and wish you had done it sooner.

Do you save for Christmas or do you tend to do it last minute?

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8 comments

  1. You are so organised to have started your Christmas shopping already! I really would like to get all of my little boy's presents in before the second boy arrives, but I confess that I haven't even thought about it yet. Maybe I will get chance to do it online while stuck on the sofa breastfeeding!

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  2. Great tips. I am saving my Tesco vouchers for a holiday next summer hopefully.
    I'm also putting pennies into a jar, along with pound coins and 50p and other silvers.
    Selling used items, and looking around for bargains too!
    I had scheduled posts about saving for Christmas in the next few weeks ! Great minds think alike haha! x

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  3. I was listening to adverts for new programmes on telly today and the fact that X Factor and Strictly are coming back is a sure sign that Christmas is on its way. My house is cluttered so I could certainly do the sell used items tip.

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  4. Hi we save thru the year but also try to buy any bargins and offers I see in the run up. Cheeky question but where is the kitchen from in ur picture plz x

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  5. Great tips
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  6. We started saving for Xmas in January! Great tips x

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