10 money saving hacks for you this Christmas

Family enjoying Christmas

Christmas can be a very expensive time for a lot of parents and families. There are children, parents, siblings, friends and distant family members to buy for, it’s no wonder the costs add up. However as a parent myself I’ve been learning a few tips and tricks about how to save money this Christmas. And that’s not just shopping in the sales, it’s all about being savvy when it comes to all elements about Christmas. Here are my top 10 money saving hacks for you this Christmas.

Start present shopping mid-December

One of the key things that I have learnt over the years is that the January sales start in December. So why not pause slightly on your Christmas shopping (if you can) and see if some of those most wanted presents are in the sales.

Shop Online

You may not always get the best deal from a high street retailer. For larger or more high value items that a loved one truly wants, you may be better off browsing online and seeing where you can get best deal. You may also find that some online retailers also offer guarantees which is added bonus on electrical items.

Think about hidden money pots

We’ve all set up bank accounts, or invested money into ISAs and investment funds that we may have forgotten about over the years. Think back to all the accounts that you have set up in the past as you may have a small fund of cash hiding there. Also consider whether you have ever taken out a PPI as you  could have been mis-sold and are able to claim this back. You can check this using this handy PPI claims calculator.

Do your food shop online

Don’t waste hours walking around a supermarket filling your basket with food you don’t need. Instead spend an hour sitting down and making a list of exactly what you need for the big day, and stick to it. You will definitely save money this way, and you’ll also save your sanity having it delivered.

Christmas presents

Make your own decorations

This is something that you can get the kids involved in, and they will love helping you to make paper chains, Christmas cards and Christmas baubles for the tree. It will save you money and make your kids really get into the Christmas spirit.

Pre-prep food in advance

In the weeks leading up to Christmas Day pre-prep any food that you can in advance. This could include vegetables where you can cook and freeze them, or your Christmas cake. You’ll save money by avoiding any last minute trips to the supermarket to buy any forgotten side dishes.

Do a Secret Santa

If you’re in a large family and have many family members to buy for then why not see if they agree to do a Secret Santa. You’ll then only need to buy for one person, and it makes the present purchasing far more fun and less pressing that having 10 people to buy for.

Christmas tree and baubles

Create simple stockings for small children

For younger children who would rather just open presents and play with the wrapping, than the actual present, consider buying 10 gifts for £1 each. This could include keyrings and stickers. They’ll never know the difference between that and a more expensive stocking, saving you £££s.

Reuse old Christmas cards

If you have hundreds of Christmas cards that you’ve kept from previous years you could reuse them and make gift tags. Simply cut out a shape on the front of the card, and attach it to the present. You’ll then have your own unique gift tags.

Reuse wrapping paper

Sticking with the recycle and reuse theme here if you have lots of fairly large presents to wrap up, then try to keep the wrapping paper which can then be used to wrap up smaller presents next year.

Arts and crafts

Invest in a fake Christmas tree

Real trees cost a lot of money, I’ve seen that they are on average about £70 in London. That’s a lot of money to spend every year on something that you throw away. You could get a decent fake tree for that price that you can reuse year after year.

So those are my top 10 money saving hacks for you this Christmas. Will you be taking any of these on?

Claire x

This post was written in collaboration with Morses Club

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  1. The Rhyming Mum December 6, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Some good tips here. I think the biggest tip is to stop seeing Christmas as a competition. People needlessly spend extra money buying things they don’t necessarily want or need to please people they probably don’t even care about. That’s not what Christmas is about. #fortheloveofblog
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  2. Cheshire SEN Tutor December 6, 2017 / 9:00 am

    Some fab tips and tricks! Always useful! Thankyou for sharing #fortheloveofblog

  3. Noleen Miller December 6, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Some lovely tips here. I always tell myself that I will in fact actually start Christmas shopping in September/October but never get to it. And come December I find myself running around like a headless chicken trying to find gifts.#fortheloveofBLOG

  4. Daddy Poppins December 6, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    Some great advice. I’m all about sniffing out good deals online

  5. Amy - The Rolling Baby December 6, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    Great tips! Although, I can’t bring myself to leave my shopping until mid December – it’s all done already! I swear by online shopping and online food shopping though 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG
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  6. Mrs Mummy Harris December 6, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    These are great tips, we once tried secret santa where we all bought on big gift for one person…. but my sister forgot to buy mine so I got nothing that year apart from cash from my mum before I left for the night!!!
    The idea in principle is better than reality for my lot i think! hahaha #fortheloveofBLOG
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  7. Hayley @ Mission Mindfulness December 6, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    Loads of good ideas here lovely. Thank you. I have never for our of the habit of re-using old wrapping paper and making gift tags from old cards as my Mum always did it. I think we’ll use our fake Xmas tree again this year tho Inryar for a real one again soon! Xx #fortheloveofBLOG xx
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  8. Rach December 6, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    I use old Christmas cards for gift tags and always look out for bargains during the year for Christmas. Good ideas thanks for sharing them. #fortheloveofblog

  9. Briony December 6, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    I buy all my cards and wrap in the January sales ready for the next Christmas, some of my gifts too. I try and split the xmas food shop over several weeks too. #fortheloveofBLOG

  10. Sara @ Magical Mama Blog December 6, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Online shopping saves the season for me every year! Thanks to Amazon, I never have to leave home! Great ideas here, thanks for sharing! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  11. Fancy December 6, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Food shopping online makes a lot of sense. Avoiding the heavy lifting too. Good list!

  12. Mrs Jibril December 7, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    the secret santa idea is really great way yo save during christmas and also it’s loads of fun #fortheloveofBLOG

  13. Mama Mia December 7, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Very good point about the online shop. Hadn’t thought of it that way, but very difficult to get distracted shopping online!

  14. Chloe December 7, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    Hi, great tips I get most of my shopping online but also like to support local businesses at the same time, I do cheap stocking fillers for the grown ups as well, great fun #fortheloveofBLOG
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  15. Heather Keet December 8, 2017 / 12:54 am

    I do my weekly food shop online. 3 of our local grocery stores offer the service and I can either get it delivered or go to the store and they load my order into the trunk. It has saved me TONS of money because I am very weak when I see yummy food on the shelves. #fortheloveofBLOG

  16. Ali Duke December 8, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    We always reuse Christmas cards for gift tags, I have done this for as long as I can remember. Making decorations is great fun, we have bought some plain plastic baubles and are decorating them with glitter glue and putting chocolates inside.

  17. Riz December 8, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    Some very handy tips. 🙂 #forthrloveofBLOG

  18. Sarah December 12, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Great post, we so need all of these tips this year! We have stopped buying real trees as we are never here enough to enjoy it and it really does save a lot of money! #fortheloveofblog
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