Can you believe we are  less than three weeks away from Christmas? I am super duper excited! I love Christmas but I know this time of year can be stressful and ridiculously expensive, so this week I thought I would share 5 ways to save this Christmas.

Get Yourself Organised

I find the best place to start is to sit down and work out a plan. What do you need to buy and what do you already have? Who do you need to buy presents for? How many Christmas cards do you need? What are you going to cook? Write lists and cross things off as you go.

Make a budget and stick to it

It can be so tempting to go overboard at this time of year, and I’m sure we’ve all done it. Save yourself the drama and figure out how much you have/want to spend before you start Christmas shopping. Then make sure you stick to it. Tip number 3 can be a great help with this, so make sure you…

Shop around

Christmas shopping can be crazy. The shops are packed and everyone is a bit frantic, particularly the closer we get to the Big Day. Compare prices online before you head to the shops so you know who is offering the best deal before you go. Check which stores will price match and maybe you will only have to pop into one or two. See what you can order online and maybe you can avoid the shops altogether! Just check delivery times to make sure it will arrive in time.

Get everyone to bring a plate

One of the best parts about Christmas is the food, but it can be expensive. Help reduce the cost by spreading it around. Have everyone bring their speciality. Just make sure to co-ordinate so you don’t end up with 5 Christmas hams and nothing else, unless you really, really like ham.

Get a head-start on next Christmas

After Christmas sales are a great way to save money on Christmas goodies for the following year. Stock up on reduced Christmas cards, wrapping paper and decorations and then store them when you put the tree away so you don’t forget about them in a years time.

What’s your best tip for saving money at Christmas? I’d love to hear it in the comments.

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