Christmas is only 9 weeks away. You read that right. 9 weeks!I don’t know about you, but this year has flown by and I can’t quite believe we’re now counting down to Christmas. I have recently been thinking of ways to save money in the run-up to Christmas. It can be an expensive time of year, even for the money savvy. That’s why I have shared 5 tips to help save you money this Christmas below.
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Sell unwanted items
One of the best ways to save some money this Christmas is to sell unwanted items around your home and put the money you make towards new items. This means not only do you make space for new items (especially useful if you have young children who will be getting new toys for Christmas) but you will have money from the old items to spend. You could sell your items at a local car boot sale, on local selling pages or by using eBay to sell your items.
Join cashback websites
If you haven’t joined cashback websites yet then now is the perfect time to do so. Cashback websites run promotions where they offer cashback on purchases. For example, if you’re looking to buy a new washing machine you can check to see if the website you’re buying it from has any cashback offers available. If it does then by clicking through the cashback website and buying the item you could receive cashback on the item you’re going to buy anyway. It’s a no-brainer. Two good cashback websites to join to get you started are TopCashback and Quidco. I have received over £200 in cashback on purchases I was making anyway. In this instance, you really can get something for nothing.
Collect loyalty points
Similar to cashback websites, if you haven’t already joined loyalty schemes for shops you use regularly then you could be missing out. Many shops offer loyalty schemes where you can earn points when you shop with them, you can then redeem those points and buy products. Many supermarkets have loyalty schemes, you could collect points throughout the year and then redeem them at Christmas to use for your Christmas food shop or use them on Christmas presents.
Shop in the sales
You might be too late for the January sales but there are still plenty of opportunities to save money by shopping in the pre-Christmas sales. The next big sale will be Black Friday which is on Friday the 24th of November. This year, expectations are high after the success of last years sale. Black Friday will be instore and online so the best thing to do is decide which items you would like to buy and when the sale goes live search to see which retailer is offering it at the best price. Items sell very quickly on Black Friday both instore and online so you have to move fast and know what you want.
I hope you found the tips useful and they will help save you some money this Christmas. If you have any tips I would love to hear them.