Xmas saving tips

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Christmas, contrary to popular belief, is not all about the money. There are certain tips and tricks to getting away with not overspending at this time of year.

If you want to organise a meal with your friends in December, it can really put a strain on your pocket.

Although it would really get you in the Christmas mood, you’d be racked with guilt afterwards due to spending too much so consider a voucher from Groupon/Dealrush/Living Social.

Using one of these vouchers will relieve money pressures and also ensure you don’t go hungry.

Saving money in a restaurant doesn’t mean ordering a starter and a glass of tap water. Some of these coupons are great. You can get ones that give you money towards the total bill or else you can get ones that entitle you to a set menu for amazing value.

Organise to buy a few of these before you and your friends go for the meal and you’ll be sure to save cash.

If you’re heading to a nightclub this December and you’re with a group of people, don’t underestimate the power of emailing the head rep for the nightclub prior to arrival.

This could get you and your group in for free or they may even throw a bottle of Prosecco your way. Clubs love to see groups arriving at the same time so if they know in advance you could definitely reap the rewards.

This Christmas saving trick is not for the faint-hearted. Effective as it may seem, it is also a risky move.

Shops always tend to lower their prices the closer to Christmas it gets. So, if you’re still struggling to find the perfect gift for the perfect price, maybe try and hold off buying until the week before the big day. You’ll be amazed to see how many shops whip out a last minute 20% off sale.

Try to think outside the box for presents this year. The conventional gifts will always be popular and therefore don’t need a reduced price to sell.

But, to return to options like Groupon, sites like this are a goldmine of sensibly priced gifts.

From beauty treatment vouchers, to hotel and spa vouchers, these presents mean that not only do you get to give the gift at Christmas, but your loved one will have something to look forward to when the hectic times are over.

They’re great value and a seriously good idea for saving money. A dinner voucher for your parents could cost no more than €50 and that’s the present done for the pair of them.

Overall, Christmas does not have to mean that you’re broke for the next few months. If you’re clever about it and plan ahead, you’ll have a bit of money to spend on yourself as well.

Online shopping is a great way to save time and money. Some shops give money off online and not in store. So what are you waiting for?

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