5 ways to cut the cost of Christmas
Set a festive budget – and stick to it
The first step to a cheaper, but equally cheery Christmas is to draw up a festive budget. To do this, you should first decide how much you can afford to spend on this year’s celebrations.
Then, make a list of everything you need to buy and work out whether you will have enough to make all the necessary purchases. In most cases, the answer to that question will be no. But don’t despair – it is at this point that you need to start looking at where you can cut costs, before the money is spent.
So go back through your list – do you really need everything on it or could you manage with cheaper alternatives?
Every week, Clare Francis, financial journalist and editor of comparison site moneysupermarket.com will offer tips and advice on all things money-related to help iVillagers make the most of their hard-earned cash. From energy bills to car insurance; credit cards to children’s savings accounts; mortgages to discount vouchers Clare will show you how to make sure you’re getting the best deal.