With under four weeks left until the big day, if you haven’t started thinking about Christmas shopping yet, you probably should. With the end of term approaching, student loans are running out and Black Friday bargains are over, but fear not, here are some top tips for doing Christmas on a student budget:
- Make a budget (and stick to it!). Work out exactly how much you have to spend, who you need to buy for and how much you can afford to spend on each person. That way you won’t blow your budget without buying a gift for everyone.
- Secret Santa is a time and money-saving must! Everyone picks a name out of a hat and buys for that person, so everyone gets a gift but you only have to buy one present. This also means you can spend slightly more on the person so they get one great gift instead a few average ones.
- Compare prices online. This takes a matter of minutes and is as easy as typing the product into Google. It could save you loads, especially on electrical and branded items – last year I found hair straighteners online for half the price they were in Boots!
- Check out what student discounts/voucher codes are available. It’s worth checking websites such as vouchercodes.co.uk where you might find a discount code you can use online. An easy way to save a few pounds and only takes a couple of minutes!
- Homemade gifts can be a cheaper alternative to shop-bought presents. Try handmade jewellery, home-baked cookies or personalised photo albums for your loved ones. Remember: it’s the thought that counts.
- Take advantage of 3 for 2. Lots of shops have 3 for 2 offers at Christmas so if you have lots of people you need to buy gifts for, this can be a great way to save money.
- Break up gift sets. If you need to buy smaller gifts for a few people it can be worth buying and splitting up gift sets, giving the individual items to different people. Boots discount the Soap & Glory gift set every year so keep your eyes peeled for a bargain.
Good luck and happy shopping!