I can’t believe it’s already the first day of November tomorrow, which means that Christmas is (practically) next month! I’ve already started eyeing up a few potential items that I can give my family and friends this Christmas, and although I absolutely love Christmas shopping it can be quite hard to save money at this time of year. Here are 3 ways to save money at Christmas:

Start Christmas Shopping Early

Although not everyone is eager to start doing their Christmas shopping quite so early, this can actually be a good idea when you’re trying to save some money. Not only does this allow you to make the most out of great discounts and offers, but it also allows you to spread the cost over a longer time, and to plan for any emergency spending that might occur at the same time, such as home or car repairs. Companies such as Vivus specialise in short term loans that can be paid back in 10-41 days, which can be very useful if you’ve run into a difficulty before your next payday. First time borrowers can try out the quick online service provided by Vivus with a half price first loan. So you can have your loan, pay it back and get on with your life!

Black Friday!

Black Friday has gained considerable popularity over the last few years, and this is great news for anyone hoping to grab a bargain in the run up to Christmas. This year, Black Friday falls on Friday 25th November.  It is worth keeping an eye on your favourite brands’ websites around this time and signing up to their email newsletters in advance in order to receive all the information you’ll need to make the most out of the discounts. Top brands, including John Lewis, Amazon and Boots regularly participate in the Black Friday sales, so it’s a good idea to keep Black Friday free and plan to do lots of (online) shopping on the day!

Outlet Stores

You don’t always have to compromise on your favourite brands when you’re trying to save money. Outlet stores selling last season’s items at lower prices are always a great option!  There are quite a few outlet stores if you look online – my favourite being the Jack Wills Outlet website. However, I always find that actually visiting outlet shops can be a lot more rewarding! My favourite place to do some outlet shopping is Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, and I’ll definitely be paying it a visit in the run up to Christmas!

What are your favourite ways of saving money at Christmas?

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