With autumn on the horizon and darker nights already drawing in, many families are already starting to make plans ahead of Christmas.
Christmas can be an extremely expensive time for many, which is why it’s important to plan ahead, to help you make the most of the festive period – without the financial hangover in the New Year.
There are lots of smart new ways to save money at Christmas.
There are a growing number of phone apps on the market to help equip you with the know-how and know-where to enjoy a thrifty Christmas.
It features an easy-to-use interface and the information you enter can be displayed in charts, giving you a clearer picture of what money is being spent where, and where savings might be made.
HotUKDeals collates discounts on all types of products and displays them in a single list. Sometimes as much as 90% discount is offered, so this is a great place for a spot of Christmas shopping, especially if an item you’ve been looking for pops up!
Often, being organised is the best way to guarantee a cost-effective Christmas, and there are plenty of apps out there that can help straighten things out for you.The Christmas Gift List app, available on iPhone and Android, enables you to add gift ideas to a list whenever the thought may hit you. You can add different people to different lists and even attach a budget to each one, helping you stay ahead of the game as you add gifts.
Finally, the Price Spy app, available for iPhone and Android, promises to help you find the best price every time you shop. The app allows you to view product’s price history and popularity changes, scan bar codes to compare online prices when in store and provides notifications selected product prices change.
Whether you are an Android or an iPhone user, you’ll find no shortage of amazing apps to help keep you organised and shop-smart ahead of and during the festive period.
Christmas is about family, friends and enjoying a good time together, and with the correct planning and research the whole experience can be much easier on your bank balance.
For instance, many families choose to make each other gifts. Not only can this be cheaper than buying presents from a shop, it’s also much more personal and always of a greater sentimental value to the recipient.
Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration if you are planning on giving a home-made present to a friend or loved one.
Online there are countless recipes for leftovers, so that none of the Christmas dinner goes to waste, and plenty of ideas for decorating the home without forking out for expensive ornaments and baubles.
However you choose to spend your Christmas, you can make your money go further by being prepared, tech savvy and resourceful.