MAKING sure everything is perfect for Christmas can leave us feeling frazzled.
But even if you’ve left it to the last minute, you don’t have to increase your stress levels by paying over the odds.
Our savings guide can help calm those festive jitters.
CHRISTMAS EVE BOX: Some parents spend a fortune on a box of festive treats for their kids on Christmas Eve.
For an ultra-cheap version, decorate a box with wrapping paper and fill it with Christmas activity worksheets from free-for-kids.com or Twinkl, with some colouring pencils and crayons thrown in.
For a bit of extra fun, add a Christmas scratch art set for £2 from The Works and some chocolate coins from Asda for 59p. Spend £5 max.
GIFT RECEIPTS: Pop a gift receipt in with your presents so the person you are sending to can exchange if it’s not right.
The average cost of an unwanted gift is £41, according to comparison website finder.com.
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YELLOW STICKER HUNT: Last year shoppers posted pictures online of yellow-sticker bargains on Christmas Eve.
They included an M&S prawn cocktail down to £2.25 from £15 and a turkey crown serving six to eight people at £7.50, down from £50.
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See if you can get your entire festive meal for a few quid.
BOX CLEVER: Don’t let the kids tear open the packaging of new toys.
Open carefully and put the boxes away so one day you can perhaps sell them on for more.
On eBay last month, a Monster Jam Grave Digger Lego truck with its original box sold for £10.49, while one without the box went for £4.99.
GOT YOUR BATTERIES? Have some rechargeable ones fully charged, or Aldi sells AA and AAA ten-packs for £2.19.
SAVE ON ACTIVITIES: Take advantage of free Christmas fun online, such as noradsanta.org’s Santa tracker and a personalised video from him at portablenorthpole.com.
Or why not go for a walk to judge the best Christmas lights in the neighbourhood?
- Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
THIS Mercedes Benz G350 kids’ ride-on is £37, down from £129.99 at The Original Factory Shop.
LOVE the Quality Street “Purple One”? A box is half-price at Sainsbury’s, £2.50.
JOIN Pets At Home’s VIP club to get a 10 per cent off code to spend online. Then, once you’ve used the code, shopped online or in-store, you will get a welcome pack with another ten per cent off. You will also get the store’s quarterly magazine with tips and advice on pet care.
SERVE drinks in style this Christmas with Oliver Bonas’ luxe round bamboo gold drinks trolley, £395.
Or swap it for Tesco’s version available in store only, for £40.
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APPLY to the Government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) for help with the cost of getting a home-charging point installed.
The grant provides a 75 per cent contribution – up to £350 – towards the cost of a charging point and its installation. See gov.uk.
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IT’S three-for-two for Clubcard holders on selected Tesco Finest bakery products, including these Speculoos tarts.
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SAINSBURY’S has cut its Christmas veg prices, with carrots, parsnips, sprouts and other root vegetables down to 19p each – matching Aldi and Lidl.
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