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Always search around for the best price

With online shopping it makes life a lot easier when search around for the best deals. Although it might be tempting to do so, don’t always buy with the first retailer that sells the product you are looking for as you can sometimes find a better price elsewhere if you do a bit of searching. Admittedly no wants to spend hours on end searching the web, however even searching another couple of outlets, you will be able to see whether you are getting the best price available.

Make a list of what you need to buy

Being prepared and making a list of the people you need to buy for will help you budget so you know how much you have spend on each person. Set yourself a maximum price on what you can afford to spend on each person and make sure that you don’t exceed this. You will then know exactly how much you are going to spend which will put you at ease that you aren’t overspending.

Make the most of the online sales

If you can get in there early enough the sales can be brilliant time to get your Christmas shopping done. There are normally sales at the start of October at most major retailers. If that’s far too early for you to start Christmas shopping there is also Black Friday and Cyber Monday at the end of November.

Save money on travel

Buying train and bus tickets in advance is a great way of saving money over the festive period. Rail firms will confirm the times tables 12 weeks ahead, so this will give you a chance to buy tickets at cheaper prices. If you can be flexible on what time you travel this will also save you money by travelling outside of the peak hours. Keep an eye out for offers during the sales periods as rail firms will also be reducing their prices as well the high street stores.

Don’t over spend on food

Christmas is a time for indulgence, it can be very easy to buy everything in sight when you’re doing the supermarket shop for the Christmas period. Again, writing out a list before hand of what you absolutely need to buy and giving yourself a budget of the maximum amount you can spend will help you manage what you’re putting in the cupboard.

Make the most of discount codes

This can be an easy way of saving £10 here and there, so it’s definitely worth having a searching around online to see if any retailers are offering discount codes in the lead up to Christmas. This could include getting free delivery or a free gift if you spend a certain amount. Simply searching for the retailers name you are shopping with following by ‘discount codes’ should bring up what you are looking for.

Prioritise what the children actually need 

When the children are getting all excited when it comes to writing their Christmas wish list, try to get them to prioritise what they would really like at the top of the list so you know what they will appreciate the most. This can be made easier by downloading our printable Christmas Wishlist.

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