This is your essential Christmas shopping list
Christmas is just around the corner and with just 12 days left, many online stores have slashed their prices.
This year, many of us will be descending on the high street this December, with most of us waiting for the week before Christmas to even start to shop!
Make sure before you buy anything, that the price is right. Set up Google Alerts to check that you are always getting the best price.
Always ask yourself, is the price too good to be true? Do the reviews look right? Can you afford it without going into debt and do you really need it?
If you are looking for other Christmas posts then please have a look at:
147 Cheap Christmas Gifts For the Whole Family – Looking for the best budget gifts for the whole family? Then this post will help you. We’ve also included secret Santa gift ideas.
31 Ways You Can Have Christmas on a Budget – You don’t need to spend loads of money to have an amazing Christmas! Use our budget Christmas ideas to save money right now.
21 Saving For Christmas Ideas for 2021 – Struggling to afford Christmas this year? Then this is the post for you! We have all our best money saving tips that can help your whole family save money.
How to Save for Christmas 2021 – This is our full post on how to save money for Christmas. We’ve included everything you need to help you save money.
If you’d prefer to shop online then have a look at some of these retailers who are still delivering before Christmas.
Christmas Shopping List
In fact, the Money Advice Service estimates that most of us will spend on average £429 on Christmas alone, with this going up as our panic sets in.
You don’t need to go overboard to get the best gifts. You can save a small fortune on getting the best deals at the right time.
When it comes to buying for the people you love, why not make a gift instead or give an IOU until January, when the sales are on.
We’ve got tips on how to have Christmas dinner with all the trimmings for just £3.36 a person, the best way to have Christmas dinner for just £1 a head and what to do with all those leftovers, and how they can feed you and your family for the whole week!
We’ve also got tips on how to get the best online deals below.
Money Saving Challenge
If you’re looking to try and save your family money next year then why not join our FREE money saving challenge? It’s a six-week email course that helps give you hints and tips on how you can save your family money.
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Christmas Gift Guides
If you’re looking for ideas on what to buy your family, then see our 147 Cheap Christmas Gifts For the Whole Family which includes £1 presents and stocking fillers.
If you’re looking for some Christmas essentials then see our list here.
Christmas Dinner Essentials
If you’re unsure about how to cook an amazing Christmas dinner on a budget then check out our posts below:
This Christmas day starter post is about giving you budget ideas on what you could cook for your family on Christmas day. Use them to come up with a great menu for the big day.
This post is about how to make a budget Christmas dinner as a family. It walks you through a Christmas dinner shopping list so you can follow what we did step by step.
This is a Christmas day dinner that goes all out and includes leftover ideas for your turkey. Use this to feed the family for the whole festive week.
If you’re looking for some leftover turkey ideas then use this post. It has a shopping list and links to meals that you can freeze and re-heat when you need them.
- 147 Cheap Christmas Gifts For the Whole Family
- How to Make Free Money Ready For Christmas
- How to Make a Christmas Day Dinner
13 Days of Christmas Shopping rules
1. Make a list and know who you are buying for. Setting a budget per person is key.
2. Use the January sales. Plan for next Christmas now. Look in the sales, where the prices will be ridiculously low.
3. If you see something halfway through the year that would be good as a present, then buy it, especially if it’s on offer. Prices go up the closer it is to Christmas.
4. Season swap. So look for Christmas items in the summer and summer in the winter when no one wants them.
5. Buy second hand. Kids really don’t mind. We buy a lot of the kids toys from Facebay or eBay and wrap them up. They cost less than half price and means that they can have more!
6. Have one place to hide your presents, especially if you buy all year round. This saves you from hunting around to find them all and end up having to buy something again because you can’t find it!
7. Make your own cards. Kids handprints, footprint penguins and a picture of the family all make a great homemade card and are cheaper then buying.
8. Keep a tab on what you’re buying and stick to your budget. It’s one day a year and not worth going into debt over.
9. Have a clear picture in your head of how you want the day to look, then write a list of all the need, then what you want. Once you’ve brought the need items, anything left in your budget can go towards a nice want.
10. Start food preparations in early December. Spread your Christmas food bill over the month and freeze what you can,
11. Buy the turkey (or whatever meat you choose) in October and freeze it. It will be cheaper than buying it in December and you’ll have the pick of the meat.
12. Enjoy the day! It’s a day for you to spend with your family. No one is going to notice if they got one less gift or a second-hand toy from the charity shop. It’s the big things that matter, like having a day together to enjoy each others company.
If you enjoyed this post and would like some more money saving ideas, then head over to the saving my family money section here on Savings 4 Savvy Mums where you’ll find over 50 money saving tips to help you save your family more. There’s enough tips to help you save over £300 a month! You could also pop over and follow my family saving Pinterest boards for lots more ideas on how to stop spending and save more; Money Saving Tips for Families and Managing Money for Families.
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