The 12 saves of Christmas

12 saves of-Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… 12 ways to save money this Christmas. (Partridges and pear-trees are so last year).

Christmas is always an expensive time – so tick off as many of these 12 big saves as you can to help cut the cost of the festive season without skimping on your celebrations.

1. Get your FREE money-saving Christmas guide – with mystery prizes to be won!

We’ve put together a FREE money-saving guide for Christmas 2014.

It’s packed full of gift ideas for adults and kids alike, and has loads of tips on how to save money on food, booze, decorations and more!

See what YOU could save – get your FREE guide here.

2. Save on your Christmas shopping with MASSIVE secret discounts

There’s no need to wait for the January sales if you’re looking to bag a bargain. We’ve hunted down all the best hidden Christmas voucher codes – perfect for saving you money on your Christmas shopping! Current deals include up to 50% off Thorntons chocolate, £10 off at Tescos, and 50% off Red Letter Experience Days – plus lots more!

See our round-up of the best Christmas voucher codes.

3. Snap up stocking fillers for under £3

Struggling to fill the kids’ stockings this Christmas? Have a look at these great stocking filler ideas – they’re all £3 or under.

4. Know your consumer rights this Christmas

With everybody hitting the shops in the run up to Christmas, we’ve pulled together the 10 facts everybody should know about their consumer rights. You might be surprised at what rights you have when it comes to refunds and returning items.

5. Help spread the cost of Christmas with the best credit cards

Credit cards for ChristmasWhen used correctly, credit cards can be a great money-saving tool. You can use them to:

  • Spread the cost of big buys over 12-16 months
  • Earn extra reward points and cashback
  • Pay 0% interest on your debt for up to two and a half years

Plus shopping with a credit card gives you extra protection if something goes wrong with a product.

6. Get Christmas decorations on a budget

It’s amazing how much shops can charge for a few baubles. So why not have a go at making your own DIY Christmas decorations? We’ll show you how. All the decorations are cheap, easy to make, and fun – why not get the kids involved?

7. Take down the cost of Christmas train tickets

Christmas is a time when many of us make the journey to see family and friends – and plenty of us avoid the festive gridlock and icy roads by going by rail.

Only problem is, family rail tickets cost more than the GDP of a small country these days. But we show you how to get cheap rail tickets by knocking up to 80% OFF every train ticket you buy.

8. Cut the cost of feeding the family at Christmas

win christmas on us dinnerDine in style this Christmas without breaking the bank with our five day Christmas meal planner. Not only will it save you money but it’ll help lower stress levels too – as you can use it to plan a festive feast that’ll take you from Christmas Eve to December 28.

9. Lower the cost of your heating bills this Christmas

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… Actually, let it not – because it costs enough to heat our homes as it is. With energy bills soaring, we’ve put together 14 shockingly simple ways to knock over £900 off your energy bills. (And no, £900 wasn’t a typo).

Find out how to knock over £900 off your energy bill going into 2014.

10. Earn cashback on your Christmas shop

It may sound too good to be true, but you really can get paid for doing your Christmas shop. Make sure you get the best deal with our guide to cashback shopping. Whether you’re buying presents or treating yourself, you can get serious amounts of cash back from your shop.

11. Make the most of your smartphone

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Got a smartphone? Then you’ve got a powerful money-saving tool in your pocket every time you go shopping. Some apps, like the Red Laser app, allow you to scan barcodes of products using your phone – which will then tell you if you can get that same product cheaper elsewhere. Nifty eh?

See the top 12 money-saving apps here.

12. Cut the cost of eating out at Christmas

If you’re planning on having a festive family meal out – or a Christmas get together with friends or colleagues – then book your table through the Opentable website. Doing so will knock up to 50% off your bill.

They have deals with thousands of restaurants across the UK, so it’s well worth having a look before you book!

Don’t forget…

If you’re struggling to afford Christmas, we’ve got more help for you here.

But for our favourite money-saving tricks, have a look at our top 60 money-saving tips – which will save you money all year round!