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Four Tips on How to Save Money This Christmas

10/12/2013 11:45 GMT | Updated 31/01/2014 10:59 GMT

It's that time of the year again. The nights are drawing in, there's a chill in the air, more and more people are wearing ridiculously looking jumpers in public, which can only mean one thing. Christmas time is fast approaching! For many, Christmas conjures up images of friends, families, huge dinners, over indulgence, and of course, lots and lots of presents. Christmas is a time of generosity, it's a time of giving, and unfortunately, as you well know, generosity and giving don't tend to come cheap. We know times are hard, and every penny counts, which is why we've compiled this list of simply and effective ways to help you save money this Christmas time.

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Make space and sell any unwanted items to help fund your Christmas

Technically this isn't saving money, but rather making money, but still, the outcome is the same. We all have things we don't want, which are taking up space in the house, so why not sell them and make a little extra cash. There are many online auction websites, or buy and sell pages on social networking sites which allow you to list your items either cheaply, or for free entirely. Click here to learn more, about what to sell, and where to sell it.

Shop around

Many of you probably use the same shops and supermarkets all year round. However, by swapping to an alternative store, you could save yourself a fortune. There are cheaper stores which may not stock brand named goods, but they can be just as nice, if not nicer, than their expensive counterparts. For more hints and tips on how to save on your supermarket shopping bills this Christmas time, this article should be most useful to many of you.

Make use of vouchers and discounts

Online discounts and voucher codes can make life so much easier and cheaper this Christmas time, yet many people never even think about using them. Sites such as NewVoucher.co.uk are packed full of helpful online discount voucher codes for a whole array of different sites and products, so why not check them out today.

Never go over the top

Yes we know it's Christmas and it's a time for excess and overindulgence but even so, know when the draw the line and say enough is enough. Some people go simply crazy at Christmas time, and buy more food and drink than they could ever possibly get through, yet they still buy it. Whether you're entertaining guests or just having a quiet one with the family, it's important that you only get what you realistically need, and what you can realistically get through. If you fancy some festive nuts, grab a pack or two, not a multipack or two. The same goes for alcohol, soft drinks, chocolate, party food, everything. Saving money this Christmas time could actually lead to you having an even happier, more stress free Christmas than you ever thought possible.