Christmas saving tips

2012 Christmas treeChristmas is that time of year that burns a hole in the bottom of your purse, every time you look in it all the cash has disappeared – again. I go to use my credit card and it’s like the poor thing is petrified – ‘Don’t touch me!’ it screams at me as it shirks back to the dusty unused pockets.

I’m taking part in the Tesco Mobile #XmasSavingTips Blogger Challenge with so much to buy and all with the same monthly budget lots of mums like to start thinking early, it’s called preparation and organisation. Here are some of my favourite tips I use in order to make sure we don’t go without at Christmas

  • Some supermarkets allow you to buy stamps throughout the year and keep them in a book. A couple of years on the trot I have done this with Morrisons adding a few pounds to my shopping each week and ending up with £100 to spend in the supermarket at Christmas time which more or less covers my Christmas food bill. By saving £97, £3 is given to you by Morrisons.
  • OR – Book your delivery slot and order your Christmas food to arrive just in time for the big day saving the hassle of last minute shopping, fighting for the parking slot and queuing for hours at the till.
  • Don’t recycle your Christmas cards in the local store, keep them for next year to write present labels or make some festive Christmas bunting.
  • Pace yourself with your jobs, tree goes up one weekend, cards get written the next weekend and so on
  • Buying small gifts throughout the year is a good idea but they still need checking over a couple of weeks beforehand to make sure you have something for everyone.
  • Keep all your wrapping paper, ribbons and labels in one handy box so it’s easier to see what’s missing and to locate it quickly when desperate. I will put this year’s cards in there when I take all the decorations down in January
  • Write your menu down at least a week before, if you’re hosting ask guests to bring something along, this year my brother is bringing the Christmas pudding, a pate and some food for the evening buffet.
  • Keep your menu as simple as possible so as not to spend the entire Christmas in the kitchen
  • Make sure you’re stocked up on dishwasher tablets, bin liners and other time saving useful bits
  • Use the back garden to keep drinks cool ;) Unless you’re reading this in the Bahamas in which case it won’t work for you.

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for somebody this Christmas Tesco Mobile is offering families some of the best deals on handsets and tariffs. Most notably the Samsung Galaxy Ace – available for £12.50 a month including 500 free minutes, 5000 texts and 500 MB of data. And the BlackBerry Curve 9320 -  available on pay as you go for £125.

 Why Tesco is great for Families:

  •  You can control your mobile spending with their capped tariff: This means that family members can’t use any more than their allocated monthly minutes, texts and data and you don’t end up with any nasty surprises on the bill at the end of the month.
  • With two or more contracts you get extra perks with the Tesco Mobile Family perks offer – this means you can add all your family handsets onto one single bill and each member can choose from a selection of extra perks each month such as free texts, minutes or data.
  • What’s more, if you’re a Tesco Clubcard customer, you’ll get triple points for every £1 you spend at Tesco Mobile (that’s a lot of Pizza Express vouchers – Clubcard members you know what we mean!)

Disclosure: I am writing this post as part of the BritMums #XmasSavingTips challenge sponsored by Tesco Mobile

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