With inflation currently topping 11%, prices in late 2022 are a lot higher than last December, which means this Christmas is going to come at a much bigger cost.
Avoiding your bank account becoming as red as Rudolph’s nose means being sensible and cutting down on unnecessary spending, especially if the cost of living crisis is biting hard. The truth is the best Christmas doesn’t come from splashing out on the most expensive presents or food, but from being with loved ones.
When you’re shopping online, take a moment to search for voucher codes. A lot of retailers will offer you a pop-up discount the first time you shop with them, particularly if you leave items in your basket for a while.
Joke presents can be fun but nobody needs more plastic clutter. If you’re buying secret Santa presents or stocking fillers, consider more thoughtful gifts like a donation to a charity in someone’s name, or even something that’s actually useful and won’t be thrown out in January. You might be surprised at what gems you can find for £5 in a charity shop.