SOME COST SAVING TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS AND BEYOND

SOME COST SAVING TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS AND BEYOND

With Christmas just around the corner I decided to write a journal of some costs saving tips for this time of year and beyond.

KEEP A PRESENT CHEST/CUPBOARD
Years ago I discovered that by keeping a present chest/cupboard and buying throughout the year takes the pain out of the huge costs at Christmas. I always find the bills come in fast and furiously in December/January. Plus, if you go out partying during the festive season it all adds up! Big heating bills or re-insuring something for the year ahead can severely dent your bank balance.
So, if you plan in advance and spread the cost by buying your presents for people whether it be for Christmas or birthdays during the sales you save a lot of money. You then just squirrel these things away until their birthdays or Christmas comes along. I actually find they often get better presents as it could be a designer shirt/t-shirt for a guy….or even shoes and something that smells good for a woman ……and it doesn’t matter when these are bought but you can make the most of the discounts.
I have quite a few godchildren who are now adults and they have done well on their birthdays as I have bought them fabulous leather boat shoes, Chelsea boots and Summer Loafers AFTER the Summer sales and then given them the following year or in the case of the boots for Christmas. In both instances they have got some fabulous footwear ….sometimes even by Timberland which costs me a fraction of what they would have been full price. So you are buying quality that lasts and they think…what a fabulous Godmother!

STOP BUYING EXPENSIVE WRAPPING PAPER
If you have little kids then why not keep them occupied for hours by buying rolls of normal brown parcel paper from the post office and get them to draw something festive on it (Holly, Christmas trees, Snowmen etc). Then these artistic masterpieces can be used to wrap up presents for Grand-parents etc and they will love it! You can use the brown string/twine to create a bow to finish them off. It can be used for birthday presents too.
However, if you think the kids will bore easily then instead once again wrap the parcel in the brown paper and use the brown strong/twine to tie round it. However, buy brown parcel tags which the kids can draw something on and you can write who the present is for on it.
Another idea……if you buy the Financial Times Newspaper, which is pale pink, keep the pages that show the share index as the outside wrapping and use other bits of paper as the first layer in order to make the wrapping strong. Then wrap the item and use silver ribbon to tie around it to make it look festive.

GET KIDS TO MAKE THINGS FOR GRANDPARENTS THAT ARE EDIBLE
Why not get children to make something edible for grandparents, such as jam, marmalade, biscuits and chocolate truffles. You can download recipes for free- just google what you are looking for. Obviously you help them with the process, so they stay safe and you go with them to find the packaging. Its always the thought that counts rather than cost!

DESPITE THE GROWING LACK OF THE USE OF CASH I STILL LIKE TO THINK CASH IS KING AT TIMES
I still like getting cash out and I make a point about 2 months before Christmas to keep putting £1 coins from change in a perspex bowl (so it doesn’t crack when it gets heavy). Then before Christmas I gather it together to buy several good bottles of wine/champagne or treats to be consumed over Christmas. A guilt-free indulgence!

SOMETIMES DOING THE SIMPLEST OF THINGS IS A TREAT
It may be something only on offer in Cities…..however, buying a bag of roasted chestnuts to consume whilst its cold outside. Listening to carols…..and if you are an adult……having a glass of mulled wine….really gets you into the festive spirit.

AND FINALLY……..
With the festive season almost upon us never forget those that are homeless and sleeping rough out in the freezing cold whilst you enjoy your Christmas dinner. So if you see an established homeless charity person shaking a tin……then please give generously…..as it will be money that can go towards homeless people being able to come in for shelter and get a Christmas dinner………so spread the happiness and give them a bit of comfort! Thank you.