Christmas is on our doorstep and with this in mind many parents with families up and down the country, are watching their savings. With this in mind, here are the top five festive frugal tips you can use to make sure you save plenty of money this Christmas.
Shop on the Internet
There are a host of bargains waiting to be discovered online. From clothes to electric toothbrushes, you will make substantial savings shopping online compared to the prices you’ll pay for when stepping foot in to a High Street store. This month I saved myself £20 when I bought my small son a collection of his favourite Thundercat films. Although they were second hand, they were in excellent condition and it meant I had money left over to put towards the food bill.
Say no to electricity!
Make your home look like a Victorian Christmas this year by turning off all your electric lights and replacing them with candles. This is not only great for the environment but if we were to do this just once a week, we would really reduce our utility bills and save ourselves some serious cash.
Create your own soft furnishings
Save extra money this year by making your own festive furnishings. I got out my needle and thread and created some festive foam cushions. I shopped online and bought some foam cut to size and then created beautiful winter wonderland designed cushions by sewing cloth around it.
Swap your turkey for rabbit!
Not only is rabbit really healthy and packed with nutrients, it’s also very cheap. This Christmas we are deciding to swap a turkey for two medium sized rabbits. At a fraction of the cost of a turkey and packed with nutritional goodness, rabbits are a great delicacy that many families are turning towards this year as a substitute for traditional turkey. Give it a go!
Farm your own vegetables
This year I am using my garden to harvest all the vegetables for my Christmas feast. I have grown potatoes, leeks, carrots and onions. Not only is this very satisfying but it has saved me a lot of money that I would have of spent in a supermarket on expensive vegetables. I may not be Alan Titchmarsh, but I am proud at being able to grow my own produce at the end of my garden nonetheless.
Article by Hillary who works for CutFoam