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8 weeks to Christmas : 8 things to do to save money

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As of today folks there are exactly 8 weeks till Christmas.

I know I am mentioning the C word again but 8 weeks folks! 8 weeks!

So what can you do in 8 weeks to create a few extra pennies to spend over the festivities?

  1. Don't get coffee or sandwiches from anywhere other than your own cupboards and fridge. It is amazing that so many people spend over £10 a week on lunch and coffee. If you saved this money over the next 8 weeks, that is £80 you will have saved in time for Christmas!
  2. Reduce the Christmas list. Agree with certain friends that you won't exchange gifts this year, or set a price limit for family presents, particularly those for adults. Alternatively, have a "children only" rule, or set up a Secret Santa, which is kind of exciting as well as helping you to save money.
  3. Create a Christmas cupboard, then pounce on the biggest discounts. Don't waste time and money, Decide on who you need to buy for and what you want, make a list, get a Christmas cupboard ready to put stuff in, then search for the cheapest price. christmasgoodies
  4. Make the most of your vouchers! Whether it be Tesco Clubcard, Boots Advantage or Nectar Card Points, work out the best deal, don't just use them at the till, it maybe better to convert them into vouchers to get the best value.
  5. Sell your Stuff! I know that this sounds obvious but it is amazing how many people have clothes that they have grown out of or gifts that have been put in a cupboard and forgotten about. I recently blogged about doing a car boot sale to get rid of our old dvd's and "things" cluttering up the house but I wouldn't necessarily recommend that now the weather has changed but there are still sites like Ebay that allows you to sell from the comfort and warmth of your own home.
  6. Meal plan. We are all guilty of buying food on impulse. Don't. Set out your shopping into meals.Baby Budget
  7. And if you can't do that, walk down the reduced / whoops aisle. It is amazing what you can pick up to cook the same day. If you have the time to pop into the supermarket every day, you could easily save another £10 a week or more, which is another £80 towards Christmas.
  8. Be social media savvy! Get on Twitter and follow money saving experts such @myfamilyclub @familybudgeting @pennygolightly and @moneymagpie for sales hints and money-saving tips.Twitter

Do you have any other money saving tips?

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  1. fab ideas thanks for linking up

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  2. Some fab ideas there :) I may use the secret santa one for family and friends x

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  3. Great tips. I look for offers in the supermarket too - meat etc can be frozen for 3 months - I got turkey for £3!

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  4. Some amazing tips! We do Secret Santa every year with my family, and literally no other gifts. It is amazing how much more affordable it makes it.

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  5. You've reminded me to follow up my Boots card as I lost it and need to get a replacement - some excellent ideas here and loving Sandy's too

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  6. *grabs a pencil and makes a note of all the above* Great tips!! I am going to put all of those in to practice

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  7. If you have the space for one, a present box saves loads of money. See something in the sales, stick it in the box. I use it for xmas and birthdays.

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