TODAY marks ten weeks until Christmas . . . but don’t get in a festive frenzy over funds.
We spend an average of £573 on gifts, with the cost of food, drink, and parties on top.
But some savvy saving now can cut the cost — and ease the stress.
HAUL OR NOTHING: Make a list, check it twice and set a budget before deciding on what gifts to buy. Then you will be all set when Black Friday and any other pre-Christmas sales roll round.
Also, start stockpiling those little extras.
For example, next time you buy something from a beauty counter, ask for free samples. They make fantastic stocking fillers.
Add certain food and drink items to your weekly shop (look for offers and reduced-to-clear items) to stash or freeze ready for the festive season.
PAY AWAY: December means Christmas meals out, office parties (we hope!) and family shindigs. But they do add up.
Consider setting up an automatic transfer to a savings account for the next couple of paydays.
The money comes out of your current account before you even know it is there . . . and will bring a little Christmas magic to your savings.
DAILY DITCHES: One upside of lockdown has been spending far less on grab-and-go lunches or takeaway coffees. I worked out that my weekly coffee spend was £12.50, so I have already saved a small fortune since March. I keep stashing those extra pounds until Christmas.
That means my festive savings pot will be bigger, with more than £100 going in from coffees alone!
SUPER SHOPPING: Loyalty schemes can really help stretch your Christmas budget.
Tesco’s Clubcard racks up vouchers that will save you pounds. Morrisons’ More Card gives five points for every £1 spent — and once you have collected 5,000 points, you get a £5 voucher.
Sign up to its Christmas Savers scheme too and earn £1 when you put aside £49.
- Prices here are correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers are subject to availability.
Deal of the day
A 90ml bottle of Hugo Deep Red EDP is just £34.99, down from £58, this month at The Perfume Shop.
YOU can’t beat a bit of fish. Four Birds Eye large battered cod fillets are £3.50 at Sainsbury’s. Was £4.80 .
INSTEAD of paying £20 for the 111SKIN bio cellulose facial treatment mask from cultbeauty.co.uk, treat yourself to this similar nspa mask from spaathome.co.uk. It’s just £5.
Shop and save
A ZINGY 150ml bottle of Garnier’s organic lemongrass gel wash is £4, down from £6, at Tesco.
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WILKO has slashed the cost of its artificial Christmas trees by 20 per cent.
They are available now, starting from just £8 instead of £10.
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MORRISONS has a mega toy sale in stores until November 24, with up to 50 per cent off Avengers goodies, Hot Wheels, Lego and more.
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