How to Save Money at Christmas 🎅
The average British family will spend more than £800 at Christmas, with that in mind it’s no wonder that many families are starting to feel the pressure of the fast approaching Christmas looming over them! But it is possible to be money savvy during the festive period without limiting the fun. Follow my top tips below to have a money savvy Christmas (& a frugal new year)…
Start Saving Early
Paying for Christmas out of December’s wage alone could prove to be quite a challenge, so it makes sense to save up as much as you can beforehand. The earlier you start saving, the easier it’ll be to put aside a small amount each month.
Automatic savings accounts – These clever online bots calculate how much you can afford to save each month & add then to savings account (with a very nice 3%+ interest rate). I use Plum for my automatic savings as it updates me on my spending too…
It’s always worth opening up a Christmas savings pot leading up to Christmas so that you can be saving ahead of time, and avoid the stress of paying for everything in one big chunk!
Christmas Savings Schemes
These schemes allow you to pay in throughout the year & around Christmas you’re given gift cards/cash amounts to spend in store. Christmas Savings Schemes are fab if you need a little shove in the direction of monthly saving. Here are the different types of Christmas saving schemes:
Supermarket ‘Christmas savings stamps‘ schemes – These aren’t FSCS protected, but they do pay up to 4% interest! Another thing to note is that you usually have to spend the cash at the specific retailer (they’re effectively locking in your custom).
Credit unions’ Christmas clubs – These tend to be linked to an existing credit union account (which has FSCS protection). Some credit unions now offer cash ISA’s as part of their savings range. Find your local Credit Union via the Find Your Credit Union website.
General Savings Account/ISA – Often your bank will not go out of its way to offer you the best savings options for you – you’ll need to do your own research, check the savings options your current bank is offering & what interest rates/bonuses they have (in some cases it may be worthwhile switching banks).
There are some things to be cautious of when considering Christmas Savings Clubs:
Many Christmas savings clubs don’t pay interest. If the company that you’re a savings club member of were to go bust, your savings wouldn’t be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
Loyalty cards can be a really useful way to save money on your shopping especially if you shop at a particular store quite often. If you’re not a fan of carrying lots of little plastic cards the stocard app lets you enter all your loyalty card details into the app storing them all in one place. Loyalty cards that would allow you to build up points that you could redeem around Christmas include:
Boots Advantage card, Sainsbury’s Nectar card, M&S Sparks card, Tesco Clubcard, Morrisons More loyalty card, Co-op’s membership scheme, Starbucks Card
For my full guide to loyalty cards, including how much you can really earn from each scheme visit my loyalty cards guide.
Amazon’s Best Deals
There are loads of money-saving sections on Amazon that the average buyer isn’t aware of, if used correctly Amazon can be a paradise for bargain hunters! Here are my favourite money-saving features:
- Amazon Lightning Deals
- Warehouse Deals section
- Certified Refurbished
- Amazon Outlet
- The Coupons & Vouchers page
Another useful feature that Amazon has is Amazon Prime – this gives you unlimited FREE one-day delivery, as well as other perks such as access to songs and playlists, exclusive offers and priority access to lightning deals – super helpful for last minute Christmas buying!
Earning Extra Money with Side Hustles
There are tons of website that allow you to make money by completing offers, filling in surveys, watching videos, mystery shopping and more. You can also use the websites/apps below to get some bonus money. And finding work-from-home opportunities is a great option too!
- Free Money Offers – You can earn £50+ free by signing up to the free services on my free money page!
- Side Hustles – There are tons of ways to earn a little extra cash on your daily commute/in front of the TV/when you have some spare time. Find a side hustle that will work for you!
- Work from Home Opportunities – If you need to improve your finances quick finding part time work that you can do from home could be a lifesaver! I do over 20 hours of work from home every week and I can’t recommend it enough!
In the lead up to the festive season I run a Christmas money savings challenge. Get involved and earn some extra money before the big day!
Switch Energy Provider & Get £50
If you haven’t switched energy provider in a while you need to do this asap, often with energy providers you will find almost every time that you’ll get a better deal when you switch! Bulb are super cheap, renewable and they offer £50 when you switch!
Buy Cheap Experience days!
Experience days make the perfect thoughtful gift for your non-materialistic friend! Buy them a unique experience; from spa days, track days, pamper days, for both individuals & couples. There are often a range of offers on this type of gift and I happen to have found an offer that is too good to miss.
Use Freebies as Stocking Fillers
- Free Food/Drink/Beauty Items – you can collect a range of FREEbies from your local supermarket & more with the Shopmium App!
- Free Photos – Order free photos from your phone and they’ll be delivered to your home within a week! All you have to do is download the Free Prints app, enter code ‘ejackson464’ and select your fave photos to be printed (you might have to pay P&P depending on the current promotion)!
- Free Make Up – get sent samples to review by visiting my free make up and beauty guide.
- More Free Stocking Fillers – freebies make great stocking fillers and are great gifts to yourself too! I’ve discussed all my top secret ways to find free stocking fillers.
More Freebies? In the past week I’ve signed up for free samples of tea, chocolate, sweets, fragrances, makeup and more. I often save these free samples up and add them to gift hampers/use them as stocking fillers. As soon as I spot a freebie I post it on social media so make sure that you’re following me!
Cashback is a cash reward that you receive after making a purchase through a particular website. It really is a no-brainer when it comes to buying Christmas presents! While Cashback is something I recommend regardless of the time of year it can be a massive help around Christmas. Find out how I made over £500 with TopCashback last year.
Have you got any Xmas money saving tips? I’d love to know how you save money during (or leading up to) the festive season. Please do share your top tips in the comments below…