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Get more for less this Christmas

Christmas can be an expensive time for a lot of people – we want to gift our loved ones the world, but it’s not as if we have the money to do that. While we can work overtime and save more money in previous months, to help us make Christmas more financially affordable, it can still be hard to budget. We don’t just have to get gifts but pay for postage, wrapping paper, food, and every other expense that happens around that time. It can be hard to know where to look for good quality items at an affordable price, which is why I have compiled this short list of tips on how to save money this Christmas time. Please note that there are affiliate links used in this post, by buying products through using my affiliate link I gain a small commission, this comes at no extra cost to you.

UNiDAYS

I have personally used UNiDAYS a lot, and it’s always been both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you gain access to hundreds of amazing discounts for free, but on the other hand it always encouraged me to shop more. UNiDAYS has such a brilliant variety of discounts on offer (that vary depending on what country you’re in). Get discounts on tech essentials, food, clothing, and more. There are also daily games and competitions to be won. This is a great way of saving money for when you’re buying for others, or treating yourself. You do need to be a student at either a College or University to take part in the discounts UNiDAYS has to offer though, but if you are, it’s well worth getting. Just pop on over to https://www.myunidays.com!

NUS Extra

This is similar to UNiDays as it’s a way of getting discounts as a student. However, unlike UNiDAYS, it does cost money to get. The starting price being £12 for a year. By getting this though, you gain access to over 200 student discounts in the United Kingdom – such as 50% off Amazon Student Membership and 10% off at ASOS. As well as providing you with a free (for a year) ISIC card, allowing you to access over 42,000 international discounts – such as 30% off Lonely Planet and  5% off Homestay. For an extra £3.99 a year, you also get to enjoy 2-for-1 meals and up to 50% off at around 5,000 top restaurants. It’s definitely worth checking out, just pop on over to https://cards.nusextra.co.uk/

Amazon

This might be an obvious one, but it’s worth mentioning all the same. Amazon have a wide selection of goods, and a lot of them come at affordable prices, so they’re worth checking out. If you are a student, you can Sign up for Amazon Student– this entitles you to six months free one-day delivery, Prime Video and Prime Music. Be sure to check out the Amazon Outlet, where they give great deals on their overstock. Also, have you checked out their Christmas Gift Guide? Being able to sort by price range is so helpful, especially when you know how much you can spend on a person, but aren’t quite sure what to get. They are also currently doing a competition where you can win an Amazon gift card up to the value of £1000 by creating a wishlist before December 14th.

Please note that I have used affiliate links for this particular money saving idea. This means that I get a small commission from purchases you make if you use my link. Don’t worry though, you won’t be charged any extra. 

Charity Shops

A charity shop may not be the first thing that pops into your head when you think of a place to get gets, however they’re definitely worth checking out. Not only can you find some really interesting things at a really affordable price, but you’ll also be helping those in need. Some charities such as Oxfam even have an online store for you to check out. It also lets you make a charitable donation on behalf of someone else – such as providing safe drinking water for up to ten people. Plus you get a free chocolate goat with a charitable purchase, or have the option of adding other small treats for a really affordable price. There’s also free UK delivery on all goods, so be sure to check them out, as well as your local charity shops.

Pinterest

Again, perhaps not the first thing that pops into your head. However, if you have the time or the creativity, why not give creating different gifts a go? That little personal touch of making a gift for someone can be greatly appreciated. Plus, you’ll get to save money and get to have fun. There’s many great Christmas recipes, Christmas crafts, and even ideas for cute Christmas decorations. You can also use Pinterest to help you think of what sorts of gifts to get, even if you don’t want to spend time making them.

Price Comparison Websites

Found the perfect gift, but want to make sure you aren’t paying more than you have to? Turn to a price comparison website such as PriceRunner (UK), which allows you to compare the prices of over 3 million items and read reviews. You can even search more generally, such as getting to look at all the different radios you can get, before you decide what one you’re going to go with. Or why not try Google Shopping? You can browse products, see where to get them, and who’s offering them for cheaper. Plus it is google, it will have every possible product you could want (or need).

 

So there you have it – six great ways to save money whilst getting gifts this Christmas time. Of course, you can always access these tips year round as well, but they can be easy to forget when you’re rushing to get your Christmas Presents bought in time. It might seem tedious signing up for discounts and trawling through comparison websites, but it can save you so much money in the long run. They’re definitely worth checking out. What methods do you use to save money whilst buying things?