Christmas is such a fun and special time of the year but the cost of it can really spiral out of control if you let it. It doesn’t need to cost a lot and with some planning and research, it doesn’t have to. Hopefully these tips will be able to help you save whilst you shop.
Always look for stuff that will give you a discount on certain things. For example, some local supermarkets have a loyalty card that gives you a discount over time. You can also look online for codes that you enter at the online checkout – particularly with first time grocery online orders. (I have used several different email addresses to get the discount more than once)! It is totally and allowed and totally works. Who doesn’t want to get some money off your big Christmas lunch shop, that will no doubt include some more expensive items like alcohol?
Looking for discounts is one of the first things I do whenever I’m about to go shopping. It only takes a few more minutes and I usually find a valid, suitable code. There are lots of voucher code websites but a favorite one is discountrue.com.
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The next thing to do is look for special offers as you shop. If you’re looking to buy something like nappies or shampoos, see if there are any on offer. Usually, there will be some on a ‘buy one get one free’ offer or ‘two for’ something. You’ll find that most household necessities are going to be on special offer at some stage. Stocking up on offers like this is great. It might cost a little more upfront but in the long term, you can save.
Another thing to do when you are shopping at the supermarket, is to switch! If you usually buy a certain branded item, but that item is on offer with a different brand, then simply switch. Don’t be scared to switch it up – no need to pay more just because you always buy that brand. Most of the time, I find that there isn’t much of a difference anyway.
The third tip is to shop around. Don’t just pick one store and always go to it. During a year, stores change their prices and basically, loyalty gets you nowhere. If you’re buying clothes from one store in January, there may be a cheaper store in February. I think this tip is particularly important when thinking about grocery shopping. Supermarkets will often alter their prices to try and become the cheapest around.
You can have a look online to figure out which one is the cheapest option for your weekly shop. There are websites that let you write down your shopping list, and then check which store will be the least expensive. It’s super helpful, especially when you’re doing a big shop. That way, you know you’re going to get the best value possible, and won’t waste any money.
Though they look lovely, gift bags can be much more expensive than wrapping paper. A way to save some pennies this Christmas would be to simply choose wrapping paper. Most shops have offers on rolls of wrapping paper like ‘3 for 2’ but alone, they can cost as little as £1 each. Gift bags can be an average cost of £2 and you’d need to buy a lot of them. Wrapping paper all the way!
We’ve all got those things in the cupboard or bottom of the wardrobe, that we have been given but have never used and even opened, right? If they are in good condition, think about the people that are on your Christmas list and see if it would be suitable for them. This saves money and clears clutter in your home too – perfect. They’ll never know.
It is the thought that counts right? A lovely personal gift, that can look much more expensive than it is, is to give homemade food gifts. Think about who you will be buying for and you could put together a little hamper of their favourite things. Or how about a gift box full of their favourite flavour cupcakes? It will really put a smile on their face, knowing that you’ve thought of them (and the bonus that they will be eating some yummy cakes). The ingredients for a batch of cupcakes will be fairly minimal, and you’ve probably got quite a few ingredients in the cupboard at home already.
Hope that these will help as you shop this Christmas, it can be such an expensive time if you let it. What are your money saving tips?