Saving Money the Christmas

that I have now got everything finished and wrapped up. I have excelled myself this year, as last year it was a made panic to get everything finished and wrapped in time for the big event. So this year I made sure I had it completed early.

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I shop for Christmas all year round, I love to find a bargain, online or in the shops. But over the last couple of years I have spent more time looking online for those bargains. It could be a fabulous cashback offer, a brilliant sale that I just caught at the end with an extra discount or it could be a deals online site. When my children were much longer I did almost all of their Christmas shopping in the sales, often hitting it big with the January sales. Now however it is more difficult as they are asking for gifts and not quite so happy to have anything, they both make lists nearer Christmas, plus at the age of 5 the latest doll isn’t out until later in the year. Heaven forbid she didn’t get the last baby doll she wants haha.

Making a list, checking it twice!

Each year I write a list of everyone who I have to buy gifts for, both birthdays and Christmas. I then add ideas to the list with a question mark next to it, sometimes I come up with a great idea for someone on the list and then I forget what it is. So I have to write my ideas down. Then as I buy a gift for each person I then write it down with the price and tick it off. All of this is on my phone, so I always have it with me.

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A few years ago when my closest friend had her 3 child, we decided that we would no longer buy Christmas gifts for each other and the children, but spend a bit more on their birthdays. The first couple of years it seemed odd to me not buying the boys gifts but now we are both pleased we don’t have that extra expense over Christmas. I now have this rule with a couple of other friends, I just have one other that I need to arrange this with, but it will wait until next year. I find that I spend £10-£15 on each for her children and she does the same for me. This year I have struggled to come up with gifts for mine, as they haven’t really asked for too much. So I find myself coming up with a gift for the sake of it.

I also cook a large Christmas dinner and I try to make my own christmas cake, but I have found that it’s cheaper to by a fruit cake and decorate it myself. It’s just another one of my money saving tips for this Christmas.

The other way I like to save money for Christmas is to put a little bit aside each month, so I know when it comes to ticking all of the items off the list I know I have money there to do it.

How do you save money for Christmas? I would love to hear your top tips.

Christmas shopping with cashback

I love Christmas shopping, well shopping in general, I’ve spoken about it many times. I do generally online shop for most things, the main thing I don’t do online is food shopping. As much as I hate food shopping I just have never got my head around online food shopping.

When I shop online I always look for a discount code or a Christmas cashback site to use for it. I am always looking at ways to save some money, it helps me to justify everything that I buy and it’s quite a lot. My Christmas shopping has just about all been completed online.

Along with the 42% of people who do their Christmas shopping online or so statistics say, I do almost all of mine online. The thought of walking around shopping centres or city centres with large shopping bags really puts me off.

Did you know that you could have a chance of winning all of your money back each time you shop online? How fabulous is that?

Hello Boom25

Boom25 is ‘not your regular cashback site’ where by you can get a small percentage of our shopping in cashback. Boom25 gives you the chance to win all of your money back. Sounds great to me.

So how does it work?

I have spent some time looking at their website so find out just how it works and how easy it is to use. Like will all many of the cashback sites it is free to sign up too. Once registered you can start of track your shopping activity, in your account area you can see this and it shows you any winnings or bonuses you have made. You then find the retailer you are wanting to shop with, click through to their site, on you have made your purchase you then need to pray you are a winner.

Boom25 pays out winnings to every 25th purchase made using their site. So that’s a 1:25 chance of winning the cost of your shopping back. It’s then paid to you via PayPal, just don’t forget about their fees that gets taken off as well. If you a making a large online purchase it might well be worth while giving Boom25 a go, you could get everything you paid back.

I love the idea of Boom25, when I get my head around online food shopping I might well give it ago. As it supports so many online retailers with all of the major supermarkets being there. Why not give it ago.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

Statement Wedding Stationery with Purple Trail

Finding statement wedding stationery is towards the top of the lists for wedding planning. After you have chosen your wedding style and you start to plan the smaller details, like your invitations, the order of service, menus, gift lists that is where the fun begins. With Purple Trail you are able to find 1000’s of designs that you can completely customise just for you.

Statement Wedding Stationery with Purple Trail

Statement Wedding Stationery with Purple Trail

Choosing the design you want with Purple Trail will be the hardest thing, there are so many beautiful designs. They offer something for every style of wedding, so whatever you are looking for I’m sure you will find it. Purple Trails standard collection is also very affordable, so you do not have to miss out on your dream wedding stationery even if you are on a smaller budget.

Each of their designs are 100% customisable, meaning you can choose that perfect shade of sage green to match your bridesmaid dresses, or edit the font size so it’s just how you want it. Purple trail allow you to add images, change the wording and they will even post them out to your guests to save you having to arrange that, what a fabulous idea for time saving!

If you are looking to set the style of your wedding from the very beginning then you can even arrange for matching engagement party invitations, bridal shower, hen parties all the through the wedding to the thank you letters. If you are unsure about the quality of their invitations you can order one of their sample packs.

The premium collect

While I was looking through all of the purple trail range, I came across their premium range. WOW! A stunning collection of tri-folding, pocking fold and even a mini booklet style invitation. I love the 8 page mini booklet, I have not seen these anywhere before so they really caught my eye. You can fill these with photographs of the happy couple, all the information about your day, menu options, accommodation, gift lists and they even have a detachable RSVP page. I know that people worry about spending so much money on the invitations for them to go in the bin, however I think invitations really set the tone of your wedding. I also like to keep them in a memory box.

Once you have found your perfect design, you have customised it, the design team at Purple Trail will send you a digital proof copy, so you can make sure it is just how you want it to be. It then gives you the chance to make any changes before it is printed and delivered.

Purple trail have a handy app that you can use to make your dream statement wedding stationery, which is perfect because you can do it with ease from your mobile phone of table. If you pop over to their website they offer a 10% discount off your first order. Happy ordering!

 

*This is a collaborative post, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*