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Christmas shopping on a budget

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The street lights are up, winter wonderlands are open and the shops are playing festive songs.  With December fast approaching and only a month to go until the big day, it’s time to start thinking about what Christmas presents you’re going to buy – and how much you’re going to spend.  But with the first semester of term almost finished, student loans may be spent and you’re probably a bit strapped for cash.  So, to help you out, we’ve got 4 top tips to help you be savvy with your spending, yet still give great gifts this Christmas.

1. Secret Santa
You’ve probably made good friends with fellow residents or students on your course and would love to buy them all a small gift – but that can be pricey. So, if there’s a number of you in a group, get together, set a budget and play Secret Santa.  This way, everyone gets a present but you’ll only buy one, and you won’t need to spend more than the set budget (e.g. £5.00) – saving you a lot of money.

2. Shop online
Sat at home on your laptop might not give you the same warm, festive feeling as walking around the department stores, but it will probably save you money. Try your luck and bag a bargain on auction website, eBay. Or use exclusive online discount codes for money off big name brands and shops. Plus, many shops offer free delivery or free collection in store which means it won’t cost you any extra to shop online.

3. DIY gifts
What better way to get into the spirit of things than with a bit of DIY to spark your creativity? Making your own presents is a low-cost alternative, which can also be fun to do. From filling glass jars with sweet treats or making novelty snow domes, to baking Christmas goodies or building your own hampers – there’s lots of homemade gifts to choose from.

4. Wait for the sales
You’ll find many shops start their ‘January’ sales early and slash their prices before Christmas has even passed. So if you can hold-off doing your shopping until just a few days before Christmas, you’re sure to make a saving. What’s more, if you’re not seeing family or friends until after Christmas Day, wait until then to do your shopping. Boxing Day sales are bigger than ever before and what you might have paid full price for the week before Christmas, you might find has 50% off after Christmas.

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