Parenting

10 Tips To Save Money At Christmas

  • November 19, 2018
10 Christmas money saving tips-min

The most expensive time of the year is fast approaching and no matter how old I get, I never start early enough to use more than one paycheck!

However, I do have some hacks I’ve learnt over the years to save a bit of money on gifts which definitely helps with limiting the Christmas stress.

If you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet and are worried about spending too much, have a look at these tips for saving money at Christmas…

 

Disclosure: these links are affiliate links which means I may receive a small commision at no cost to you if you click through and make a purchase.

Stick to your budget

If you’re doing Christmas on a budget this year it’s important to make sure you actually set one.

Before you start shopping you’ll know roughly how much you can afford to spend. Work out your budget and stick to it to avoid running up debts you’ll still be paying off in the new year. Be strict with yourself stop spending when you reach your budget.

Keep track of spending

When you need to have a more frugal Christmas, you need to make sure you don’t go over budget by keepign track of how much you’ve spent as you go along. You can write it down, keep a note on your phone, or get really organised with a Christmas Budget Planner spreadsheet.

Search online for presents

Always, always do an online search if you’re looking for a particular gift to make sure you’ve got the best deal. A Google search and hitting the ‘Shopping’ tab will show prices across various retailers and these can differ massively.

I swear by doing my Christmas shopping online so I can check prices as I go along and hunt down those bargain Christmas presents!

Always check for voucher codes

If you’re buying gifts online check for vouchers and discount codes first. Good voucher sites are Voucher Codes and Hot UK Deals and also Groupon for discounts.

Use a cashback app

Last year I used the Quidco cashback app every time I shopped online and saved almost £40. Another good one that I’ve just joined is Swagbucks where you can earn points to put towards gift cards.

This post also has some great money saving app suggestions.



Secret Santa for the adults

If there are a few adults in the family why not do a Secret Santa where you set a budget of say £10? This avoids spending too much and it adds a bit more fun to the gift opening when you don’t know who it’s from.

Left-over Christmas cards

This one might sound a bit frugal, but if you have leftover cards (or even wrapping paper) from last year why not use it this year? I’ve got a drawer full of random Christmas cards that are leftovers from previous years (I don’t like throwing things away!) so that’s what people will be receiving this year.

Use Amazon Prime

Sign up to Amazon Prime before you start your Christmas shopping and you can get all of your presents delivered for free. There are also various discounts just for Prime members. You can even get a free trial here so it won’t cost you anything at all:

2 for 1’s

Lots of sites do 2 for 1 offers in their Christmas sales so take a look and see what deals you can snap up. This is especially good when you have lots of toys to buy for other people’s kids!

Make money by selling stuff

Not a money saving tips, but it’s a great idea to make some money to put towards Christmas by selling unwanted stuff – especially things like bikes that many people will happily buy second hand as Christmas presents. I’ve just sold loads of kids books on Facebook and made £20.

 

Do you think these suggestions will help you to save some money this Christmas? If you have another money saving tips let everyone know in the comments section below!

Sarah



Money can be a very expensive time of the year, especially when you're a parent! Click to see my list of money saving tips to help you stick to your budgets | 10 Christmas money saving tips | #Christmas #money #moneysaving #savemoney

9 Comments

  • Alice V-DIYerfy

    Great Ideas! I also like to use websites that give me incentives like Zulily. #KCACOLS

    Reply
  • typicalmummy

    I’ve sold quite a lot of things on eBay recently and then have used the money in my PayPal account to put towards Christmas presents! I keep forgetting to check for voucher codes before I check-out so thank you for the reminder! #KCACOLS

    Reply
  • hidiscountcodes

    Looking forward to reading more. Great blog.I subscribed to your blog and shared this on my Facebook. Thanks Again.

    Reply
  • LanaPummill

    Great ideas!! I do almost 100% of my shopping online. I love Amazon Prime and I try so hard to stick to my list and my budget! It is so easy to go crazy this time of year and not even mean to. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips! #KCACOLS

    Reply
  • LanaPummill

    Following you on Twitter and Pinterest! 🙂 #KCACOLS

    Reply
  • Madeline (This Glorious Life)

    I’ve just written a very similar post and I love that you have things on your list that I hadn’t thought of! I’ve been trying so hard to remember to use quidco before doing any online shopping for presents, the cashback does all add up doesn’t it! x #KCACOLS

    Reply
  • Mummy Lauretta

    Such good tips, I always forget to use quidco for purchases. Definitely need to sort out some more things to sell too. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

    Reply
  • Sarah | Mummykind

    This Christmas we are taking the plunge to start saving for a house so these are great tips! Going to check out Quidco – we’ve also used receipt hog in the past where you scan your receipts for cash! #KCACOLS

    Reply
  • Mainy - myrealfairy

    Voucher codes are something that I use nearly every time that I buy online. I love searching and finding the ones that work and realise I’ve grabbed a massive bargain.
    Mainy
    #KCACOLS

    Reply

Leave a comment...