3 ways to save this Christmas
Plan ahead with lists
It’s never too early to make a list of the items you need to buy before the festive season. Lists are helpful in planning your spending and limiting those impulsive or last-minute frantic buys.
You can break your shopping list in the following categories:
- Gifts – jot down who you are buying for, what you plan to get them, and how much money you’re prepared to spend on each person. If you’re stuck for gift ideas, online marketplaces like eBay or Amazon are great places to begin your search.
- Food and party supplies – the general rule is, don’t buy unless you know when you’ll consume or use it! Items that are frozen and have a long shelf life are worth buying in advance on sale and in bulk, provided that you don’t get sick of yet another Sunday roast and mince pie!
- Travel – Christmas is an expensive time of the year to travel so make sure you shop around for deals as early as possible. If you’re flying, set a price alert on your flights and if you’re driving, use tools like Fuel Check to get the lowest fuel price near you.
Shop this Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are shopping traditions started in the U.S, but has since made its mark in Australia with thanks to online shopping.
Get started with your Christmas shopping this weekend (23rd – 26th November) and enjoy massive discount across most major retailers. Here’s a little secret – Cyber Monday sales are often more discounted, but stock may be more limited due to popular items selling out. Stay tuned for deals through the Weekly Deals emails if you’re a member or check out select deals on our Facebook page.
Stay within your financial limits
Christmas loses its fun if you become burdened with a debt in the new year. Think twice before you pull out your credit card or use a buy now, pay later service. Why not consider using a prepaid card for all your Christmas or ‘fun’ shopping and never worry about going into debt? Prepaid cards are also a better choice for secure online shopping – find out why here.
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And that’s it folks, we wish you a fun and worry free Christmas shopping experience!