Today I am going to share with your 10 ways to save for Christmas. Christmas is a HUGE deal in my home, and with my family. I most look forward to my husband having some time off work (before, during or after Christmas). My lovely husband is a shift worker so sometimes he works 12 hour shifts over Christmas. To allow for this we often move Christmas to a slightly later date, so we can really enjoy the days together. With less than 20 weeks to go until Christmas now is a fantastic time to start thinking about it.
While Christmas means so much more than just presents it is fair that this makes up a nice part! With the added expense of time off work (for me), food, decorations and more it soon adds up. I like to start thinking about Christmas in advance and these ways to save for Christmas are how I save up.
Over the year I make thousands of pounds from survey websites. Whether you have a lot of time, or a little, you can make a nice amount for your Christmas fund.
You can find my favourite survey websites here. I have included details of my favourite websites, as well as my average earnings and payout thresholds.
I don’t do anywhere near as much mystery shopping as I should. Recently I have had free food in restaurants, free takeaways delivered and free goods in homeware shops. MarketForce is my preferred mystery shopping company, as they have so many jobs on offer.
Payments are made every two weeks and I’ve never had a job rejected.
Cashback on purchases
Earning cashback has made me over £1,400 in the last few years. This is all from buying items that I was going to be buying anyway. My favourite cashback company is TopCashBack and they have a fantastic addon for your browser now. This helps to ensure that you need never miss cashback again.
Amazon Lightning Deals
Amazon have fantastic lightning deals throughout the year. At selected times of the year, including Black Friday, they have amazing deals. You can find the latest Amazon Lightning Deals here.
Paid website testing
I earned £50 last month, and £30 already this month, from paid website testing. WhatUsersDo is a fantastic way to earn some extra money. Payments are made on the 25th of the following month.
This one may be useful closer to Christmas, but really you can make savings all year round. Shopping apps allow you to submit photographs of receipts for food and drink purchases. You can then receive cashback on your purchases.
Change your supermarket
This year I have switched from almost exclusively using Sainsburys to using other supermarkets too. I now visit Tesco once per month and Aldi several times per month. I have been able to save a significant amount of money (Around 40% of my budget) by doing this. I now only visit Sainsburys when I have ValuedOpinions vouchers to use.
Stick to a budget for each person’s gifts
I set a budget in advance for gift giving. I tend to stick to the same amount per sibling, niece and nephew. Then I agree a budget with my husband (which I always exceed slightly!). I find that having a budget gives me something to aim towards. If I find something that is perfect, and a tiny bit more expensive, then I stick to just one gift for that person. I try to make sure that everyone has a similar amount of gifts, to make it less awkward when opening them together. I like to ask people if they have something specific that they want and I speak with some people in advance about a budget.
Get yourself on eBay
Last year I kept an eye on gift sets on eBay. I was able to buy quite a few brand new gift sets for significantly less than in the shops. Postage is usually the most expensive cost so I looked out for items near my home. This meant that I could collect them in person and save even more money. If you are going to do this ensure that you check the seller will allow this first.
Stock up on cupboard goods
By buying your cupboard goods in advance you can save yourself money. Stock up when items are on offer and keep an eye on expiration dates. I bought mincemeat for just 10p and it is good until 2017. I’ve used a few jars throughout the year but as this is normally £2.19 per jar this is a fantastic saving!
I live in a flat and my husband is the driver. I like to visit the supermarket every few days in the run up to Christmas and I often get great items reduced. I also bake my own brioche, rolls, breads and all sorts – to stock up my freezer for guests.