1. Have a minimalistic Xmas
Christmas is a time for laughter, cheer, family, friends and ....a LOT of waste. In fact around 227,000 miles of wrapping paper is thrown away every year and over 6 million Christmas trees are discarded. Not to mention how many toys end up in landfill by early in the new year. So why not make a commitment with your family to have a zero waste Xmas. Make a donation to your favourite charity, have a no gift policy or only buy presents from charity stores.
2. Stop treating yo self
If you're like us, then when you pop to the shops to go Christmas shopping for family and friends, you somehow manage to also end up getting yourself a few extra presents...because hey it's been a long year! Well then maybe online shopping is a safer option for you? Look at quality presents from Etsy that you can personalise or use an Amazon Discount Finder. This allows you to search for specific discounts such as Hair Straightener 25% off, Make-up brushes 30% off etc.
We’d all be lying if we said we didn’t have some presents locked away that haven’t been touched since Aunt Jenny bought it for us in 2014... Remember the someones trash is another person's treasure (sorry aunt Jenny lime bangles just aren't my style). Make the most of any clothes, shoes, accessories, or just about anything by putting them up on eBay and make some extra cash. You can even regift old Christmas presents...errr just make sure you don’t send it back to Aunty J!
4. Find the best bubbles and Prosecco ho ho ho deals
We all know wine and bubbles are a must must must over the festive season. Keep an eye out for Sainbury's, Tesco's, Lidl latest deals and buy in bulk in the months leading up to Christmas.
5. Give gifts that will help your friend save!
If you do decide to give presents make sure you buy something useful for a friend, like a reusable cup or fold up bag that can fit into their handbag. Most coffee shops now give you a discount when you bring your own cup.