Saturday 3 December 2016

BLL Lifestyle || Blogmas #3 Budget friendly Christmas!!

Hello everyone,

Its Day 3 in the Blogmas house and today Linda has come to the diary room to talk to her amazing readers about having a budget friendly Christmas!! 

Hey friends. Day 3 already huh? where is the time flying to?? If you want to catch up with what I am doing day to day during this holiday season then be sure to follow me on instagram where I will be posting up photos of my whereabouts and goings on!! You can click here - @beauty_la_linda (Instagram) or by clicking the link in the side bar.  

Today we are going to talk about how to have a cracking christmas without breaking the bank balance. There are many ways to cut costs but it has a lot to do with planning!! Here are a 8 tips I have for saving a bit of cash at this time of year! - 

  1. Start your Christmas shopping as early as possible! This goes for food, pressies, decor... anything you might need. The earlier you know what you will need, the more you can take advantages of sales and in-store promotions. Although it is too late now, next year think about gifts and things in November and use Black Friday and Cyber Monday to your advantage. 
  2. Shop around. If there is an item on your list that is pretty pricy then shop around before you make a purchase! Remember this is one of the most competitive times of the year for shops and goods so make the most of it.
  3. Use coupons. Coupons are an excellent way of saving a bit of cash where ever you can find them. If you are buying something online then google or Youtube a coupon code for that item... you never know what might turn up. You can even use websites that give you cash back on your online purchases!!
  4. Take advantage of store offers. This time of year stores go crazy with offers, trying to persuade the consumer to shop with them. If its a store that you like with a promotion that you like, take advantage.... triple points with Boots? Yes please. 
  5. Get Crafty. Why pay more for what you can do yourself. If you have any creative talents then put them to good use! You want cute holiday cards or gift wrap? Make em! You want cookies and brownies? Bake em! Not sure how to make something, then Google, Youtube & Pintrest are always ready and waiting to rescue you. Also you friends and family will love the home-made touches!! #heartwarming
  6. Go Generic. You don't need to spend top dollar on food for a delicious meal. Why pay E3 for a bottle of ketchup when you could 59c for an off-brand that tastes exactly the same. Also if you are making you food from scratch it will also come out cheaper (again this requires time and talent though) Don't dismiss generic brands, 9 times out 10 they preform exactly the same they will just cost you less.
  7. Be realistic with yourself. So you have already bought your sister 4 gifts but you spot a cute purse or something. Take a breathe, and be realistic. Is it in your budget? Does she really need it? Can you return one of your other gifts or swap it out to someone else? Remember your budget only works for you if you work the budget!!      
  8. Cash all the way! This tip is only for night out celebrations. Don't take cards out with you. Remember drunk you always has more money than sober you. So if you think there is going to be a chance that you are going to get flashy with the card leave it safely tucked up at home. Future you will thank past you, believe me!! 

There are 8 little tips on how to save the casholla when feeling festive and footloose!! If you have any of your own please share them on the comment section below!! I think everyone of us would love more tips on how to save a little money so we are not completely cleaned out my 2017! 

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Chat soon x 


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