Give your finances a winter overhaul in time for Christmas

We know that it might be the last thing that you want to hear. But it won’t be long before Christmas is here. This means that your finances are going to take a bit of a hammering. However, worry not, there is still some time to try and get them in order before the festive season hits.

We have put together some of our top tips for giving your finances a winter overhaul, ready for you to buy all those presents and treats for friends and family.

Open a savings account

Okay, so this isn’t going to be much help this year. But you can start to plan for next year by opening a savings account. Pick one that is relatively easy to access, and put money in there each month. Before long you will have a good amount of money, ready to spend out at Christmas. If you can, then it is a good idea to try and create a direct debit of a set amount, that means there is no reason not to put it away.

Look for things you can cut back on

There are some things that we spend out on that are an essential part of every day life. That you need. There are others that are not quite as vital. Look at the things that you may be able to cut back on, even if it is just for the next few weeks, as even a few pounds could make a huge difference to how much you have at Christmas.

Look out for bargains

It is never too early to start looking for Christmas presents. Particularly if it means that you can get a bit of a bargain. Not only does a sport of early shopping mean that you have more time to find out the bargains and deals. But it will also be quieter and less frantic too. One of the parts that no-one likes about Christmas.

Suggest a secret Santa

Do you have a large family or group of friends that you need to buy for at Christmas? If you do, then this can be quite expensive. A great way to save some cash is to create a secret Santa. That way, everyone will get a top quality gift, and you will all save some money.

Christmas is a great time, packed full of festive fun and family time. But it can also be expensive. Don’t spend the next few weeks worrying about how you can afford Christmas. Try out these steps and see if you can save yourself a few pounds and a whole lot of hassle too!

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