It may only feel like yesterday since you put your decorations away but love it or loathe it, there is no denying that Christmas is upon us once again. The countless Christmas T.V ads have started, the festive songs are playing everywhere you go and your bank balance is shivering at the thought of what’s to come.
It’s no secret that food costs are rising, the cost of petrol needed for those trips to the shops and visiting relatives are still high, and the cost of Christmas nights out with work colleagues and associates can leave you feeling like you just want to cancel Christmas and wake up in January. Fear not, help is at hand. Believe it or not there ARE ways in which you can keep your Christmas spending under control. There ARE bargains to be had out there and you CAN manage to make Christmas wonderful without breaking the bank.
It goes without saying that you should compare prices on your Christmas supermarket shopping. There are numerous websites out there to help you calculate where you should be buying your Christmas Pud and where you can get 2 boxes of Niblets for the price of one. Take some time and make sure you are getting the best value for money from your Christmas shopping. It is easy to panic buy at Christmas, but take the time to figure out exactly what you will need and buy ONLY that.
The same goes for buying your Christmas gifts. Take the time to write a list, check it twice and take advantage of some of the great bargains out there. If you don’t have the time to shop around, we’ve done some of the hard work for you. There are some fantastic websites that offer Christmas gifts at budget prices and by shopping for your Christmas presents online not only will you save money on your gifts, you will save money on the costs of petrol and the sometimes extortionate prices of shopping centre parking.
With so many different websites offering Christmas present bargains it is hard to know which one to opt for. Some of these sites can tempt you in with great looking deals but once you have added everything into your basket and are ready to check out they hit you with ridiculous delivery fees that not only eradicate any savings you thought you were making, but can lead you to pressing the order button just so you don’t have to go through it all again. Why not save yourself some time by visiting a website like this one that offers fantastic Christmas presents on a budget. With free shipping on orders over £20, there are gifts for all ages, and there is even a huge section of Christmas gifts for under £5. The beauty of these gifts is that nobody need ever know that they only cost you a fiver. They certainly look more expensive and by not buying them locally, there is no way of your recipient finding out how much you paid for them.
The website also has a brilliant 2 for £10 deal on Christmas presents. With a great selection of Christmas gifts from kids book and activity sets to adult books and DVDs, you can mix and match and tick a great deal off your list in one go.
Another great way of saving money on your Christmas presents is to consider using some of the great little businesses that supply handmade, personalised Christmas gifts that offer that personal touch at Christmas. It is worthwhile having a look through some Facebook business pages. Some of these companies that offer personalised gifts have less overheads as they don’t have big websites, and can therefore pass the savings on to you.
Some of the bigger businesses that offer personalised Christmas gifts have free delivery on orders over £30 so why not take advantage of this and put a smile on your loved ones faces this Christmas.
By preparing in advance it is easier than you may think to make savings this Christmas. There is no need to get your bank account into trouble by splashing out on elaborate, expensive gifts. By sticking to your budget and being savvy with where you spend your money you can make sure that you have a cracking Christmas and still have some money left over for those last minute emergencies…like the announcement that this year there will be a Secret Santa at work. These brilliant Secret Santa presents will make sure that you don’t look like the office Scrooge and take the hassle out of trying to find the perfect gift for your co-workers.
The best Christmas present you can give yourself this year is the gift of peace of mind. Be sensible, get online, save yourself some money and time, and feel pride in the fact that you managed to save (at!) Christmas!