We’re aware that it’s the start of Spring and that the thought of Christmas just seems ridiculous right now. But in all honesty, there’s never been a more appropriate time to start saving for Christmas 2017. We’ve compiled a list of some rather handy money saving hacks which will help spread the cost of the festive season throughout your year, so that everything isn’t such a humungous shock to your bank balance when it gets to December!
Enjoy in-store promotions throughout the year
Make sure you grab deals when you see them throughout the year and end up saving money – whether it’s Father’s Day offers, deals in Summer and Autumn or just sale items that you think are fitting as gifts for Christmas for your friends and family, just buy them and pop them away until December!
Coupons and promo codes
Coupons and promo codes – what’s not to love? If you’re shopping for something online, then have a quick google before you proceed to the checkout for a cheeky promo code. Even if it’s just 10% off or free delivery, then it’s definitely worthwhile!
Keeping an eye out for coupons are also a great idea. Or if you’re particularly passionate about a certain product or brand, then why not write up to head office and declare your love for their product/brand. You never know, they may just send you some money off coupons in the post just for being a dedicated customer!
Take Advantage of Early Bird Christmas Party Offers
We know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would anyone be thinking about booking their company Christmas party right now? Well if we told you that many businesses and companies have already booked their festive shindigs, you may just be surprised.
But really, this is a pretty sensible thing to do. Not only is the planning all out of the way saving stress later in the year, but many venues offer special early bird rates for those who look to book earlier, meaning that there’s a pretty penny to be saved. In addition, it’s also a good idea to book early to ensure that your preferred locations and dates are available.
If you’re a big online shopper, then make sure you sign up to a reputable cashback website such as Quidco or Topcashback, where you’ll be rewarded with a percentage of your purchase simply for shopping online! It’s a great way to earn money for what you’d be buying anyway and is ideal for using towards Christmas!
Creative Gift Ideas
There’s nothing more personal than making gifts for friends and family, so why not give some crafts a go throughout the year? How about making your own marmalade or preserves or perhaps you’ve always wanted to create your own scented candles or jewellery? You’ll then be able to tuck these away for the festive season!
Creative gifts are a great idea as plenty of time and effort along with thought has been put into their making. Plus, it means there’s lots of opportunities for you to try your hand at a few craft activities in 2017!
Secret Santa is a great way to save money on presents for adult friends or family. Simply set a budget and secretly draw names from a hat. Alternatively, Elfster is a great website to draw names for free. Just head to the site and list the email addresses of everyone taking part and the site will email everyone individually to inform them of their secret Santa! Typically, work secret Santa’s are meant to be jokey, but with family or friends, we always think it’s nice to put a bit of effort in and treat them to something that they’ll actually like!