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10 Ways To Save Over £500 Before Christmas

10 ways to save over £500 before Christmas

You may be panicking that it's already the first week of November and you haven't yet started your Christmas shopping. Well the good news is that there is still time to save especially if your bank balance is look rather depressing, here are 10 ways that you can save some extra money before Christmas this year. 

1. Sell your old phone

This is such an easy way to earn some extra cash, do you have any old mobiles lying around in drawers at home? I've been looking to sell my iPhone for a while now since my last upgrade and keep forgetting to do so. But just by selling my iPhone I can make £158.30! So easy and just think how many presents you can buy with that! 

2. Pack a lunch for work 

Instead of grabbing lunch on your way to work each morning or nipping out to a local sandwich shop or even worse driving by the drive-though at Macdonalds take your own lunch in! This could save you at least £20 a week as on average people spend £5-7 on lunch each day which includes a sandwich, crisps, some sort of fruit or chocolate and a drink however it would cost your less than half of that if you took your own in. With around 30 more work days until Christmas this year if your took your own lunch to work every day you could save a whooping £200.

3. Use Voucher Sites

Before buying any presents I've been using sites such as www.vouchacodes.co.uk to find the latest deals before making any purchases. Not only is this great in the lead up to Christmas but it's also a great website to use all year round as you can get money off 1000's of retailers such as The Disney Store, Argos, Sky and Toys R Us. which will save you lots of money in the long run. 

4. Eat left overs once or twice a week

At least half of the nation eat pizza the next day, apparently it tastes better? Anyways the point I'm getting at is to re-heat your left over the next day. I know this can't be done with every meal but curry, casseroles and pizza are great for this! The idea is to cook once and eat twice, this will not only save you time in the kitchen but also save you some money too. By making enough to last over two days you could save around £10 a week as a meal for a family of four will cost on average around £5. Instead of having a take-out that could also save you £15-30 a week depending on what you order. 

5. Ditch the Starbucks 

A great way to save some extra money before Christmas is to stop going to the coffee shop every morning before work or on your lunch break! This is unnecessary spending when you could make your own at home and even put it in a travel mug. A latte costs around £2.80 which could save you £14 a week or £85 by Christmas. 

6. Sell your unwanted items

Take a look through your belongings, are there any items which you haven't used in a year, worn in the last 6 months or not sure why you even bought them? Well my friend, it's time to get rid of them! There are various places to sell your unwanted used and unused items such as eBay, Craigslists, Gumtree or even your local Facebook selling group. The average household has between £500-£1000 of unwanted goods collecting dust in their homes, many people just can't be bothered to gather them together and sell them. 

7. Rent out a room in your house

This may be tricky if you have a full house already or a large family but if you have a spare room in the house you can try renting it out. If you know some one who is looking for somewhere to live this could be a great way for you to get an extra couple of hundred pound a month. 

8. Cut back your Sky or TV package

Now that football season is out of the way why not cut back on your premium channels and save £20 or more a month. You could even save double that if you cut back to a basic package and get rid of the kids channels, movies, HD and the sports channels! 

9. Use comparison sites

Use sites such as Supermarket.co.uk to compare the prices at the supermarkets in your local area. This could be for a specific item or your whole shop. You'll be surprised at how much you could save by shopping elsewhere. 

10. Sell your old clothes

Most people nowadays have Instagram or Facebook. How about getting some money for your old clothes? Whether that be your own clothes or your kids. There's always somebody out there looking for a bargain on used or un-wanted clothes. Pop your clothes on sites such as Facebook selling groups or eBay where you can set up an online auction. I recently held an Instagram auction where I sold some of the kids clothes and shoes. I managed to make a whooping £370! A lot of the items were still in the wardrobe with tags on or had only been worn once and would have only ended up in the attic for god knows how many years or down the charity bank so I'm pleased I decided to sell them as I'd rather they went to people who could use them.

Do you have any other tips for saving money before Christmas this year? 

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19 comments

  1. Great post as always Kerry, I have to sell my old phone, it's just sat there and I know I need to do it but I keep forgetting - hello baby brain!! X

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  2. great post kerry. Thing is we allready do all this and live on a tight tight budget so...I'm wondering what more i can do besides of course trying to earn as a blogger! I find i'm robbing peter to pay paul at the minute and it is difficult but great post like yours can help! Angela

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  3. These are great ideas :) infact I'm currently getting rid of old unused items too because I'm trying to save for a deposit on a house with my boyfriend.. Scary! :) x

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  4. Some great tips. We're in the midst of having a clear out. Done all the clothes now onto toys and other rubbish we've accumulated! Xx

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  5. Some fab tips there. I like the "cook once, eat twice" comment! People throw so much food away and I think that is a saying that will stick with me now!

    Gemma xx

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  6. These are great tips Kerry, as always! I need to do a good clear out. I did a clear out of toys the other day but nothing was worth selling! :( xx

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  7. great tips Kerry - I need to sell some of our old stuff!

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  8. Aaah Kerry!! I keep meaning to do both number 9 AND number 1!!! We've got 3 iPhones that we need to get rid of, as we've upgraded. And I've got loads and loads of things to sell on Ebay. It's SO time consuming through isn't it? I HATE listing things on Ebay — I always feel very smug after I've done it!! Like I should get a medal!! Although the money IS very nice when you see things being sold, isn't it? So worth doing xx

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  9. Some great tips kerry. Loving the Starbucks point. I'm so sucked in by their Christmas flavours and cups at the mo. I'd save a fortune not having them. I definetley need to search voucher sites more than I do x

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  10. enjoyed reading this post but your disclaimer really confused me. Is this a sponsored post, and if so should it not be labelled properly? bit misleading to your readers.

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  11. Thanks Evie. Yes it is, thanks for letting me know had to remove some html earlier for the fonts so must have removed the disclaimer without realising have amended now.

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  12. Great post and very timely as I'm sure everyone is now thinking towards Christmas. I can't believe that it's so close now. We've just moved house so selling my unwanted clothes has been a good way to bring in some extra cash.

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  13. Some great tips here Kerry. Now I've got 3 children I've started to make sure I'm prepared for everything and so each week put £10 into a savings jar which can't be opened without a tin opener. This means that if I start saving the week after Christmas the I'll have £450 at the beginning of the following November to pay for presents etc. I've also start to do the same for our holiday spending money also x

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  14. Great post Kerry. I always sell my old phones, it's amazing tge amount you can get but worth noting to remember to take out your simply and sd cards and resetting to factory settings as you don't want others accessing your passwords

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  15. Great post Kerry. I always sell my old phones, it's amazing tge amount you can get but worth noting to remember to take out your simply and sd cards and resetting to factory settings as you don't want others accessing your passwords

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  16. Great post Kerry. I think everyone could do with extra money coming up to Christmas. We probably have a drawer full of old phones so I will definitely have a look at doing this. I also use Quidco when doing any shopping online and in the past 8 years I have made just under £1800 x

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  17. I like what I read here. Thanks!!

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  18. These are fantastic hunny, I could have done with them last month so I could get Christmas shopping done. lol I wouldn't have thought to do some of these but they all add up.

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  19. You've got some great tips there. We tried to cancel our Sky subscription and ended up getting Sky movies free for a year. It's worth giving it a go to see what you can get

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