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How to save hundreds of pounds eight weeks before Christmas

Rhiannon Ingle

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How to save hundreds of pounds eight weeks before Christmas

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I know Halloween hasn't even come and gone yet, but it's clear all of us are already preparing for the upcoming festivities of Christmas.

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From sorting out our Crimbo jumpers and stocking our cupboards with booze galore to picking out the perfect Christmas dessert and figuring out presents for all your loved ones - we're all set to become pretty strapped for cashola in the next couple months.

So, we asked ChatGPT what exactly we need to be doing in order to save hundreds of pounds eight weeks before Christmas.

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Here's 13 ways to save those quids in the run-up to Christmas. Credit: Andreas von Einsiedel / Getty Images
Here's 13 ways to save those quids in the run-up to Christmas. Credit: Andreas von Einsiedel / Getty Images

Now, it's a given that scrimping and saving up hundreds of pounds eight weeks before the big day can be a challenging feat, but it is an achievable goal.

Here are 13 steps to help you save money during this period, according to artificial intelligence (AI).

Up first is to set a clear savings goal.

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Start off by determining just how much money you want to save for Christmas and make sure you're being specific about the amount and what it will be used for, such as gifts, decorations, or travel expenses.

Next up is creating a budget by making a list of all your expenses for the next eight weeks.

Start your saving journey by determining just how much money you want to save by the big day. Credit: SEAN GLADWELL / Getty Images
Start your saving journey by determining just how much money you want to save by the big day. Credit: SEAN GLADWELL / Getty Images

Such outgoings may include the likes of bills, groceries, transportation, as well as any other regular expenses and deduct this number from your income to see how much you have left to save.

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Third is to cut any unnecessary expenses - meaning absolutely no rogue shopping sprees or impulsive purchases.

Review your budget and take a closer look into areas where you can cut back, such as dining out less, reducing entertainment expenses, or finding more affordable alternatives for certain products and services.

Fourth is a fairly fun one - selling your unwanted items.

By shifting all the stuff you no longer wear, want, need or have use for, you can declutter your space and even a little extra cash while doing so.

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Reselling sites like Vinted, Depop and eBay are always a great shout - but don't be tempted to have a browse on them afterwards...

Sell your unwanted items to rake in a little extra Crimbo cashola. Credit: Kseniya Ovchinnikova / Getty Images
Sell your unwanted items to rake in a little extra Crimbo cashola. Credit: Kseniya Ovchinnikova / Getty Images

The fifth tip suggests setting up a separate savings account for your specific Christmas fund, which may help keep your money separate and prevent you from spending it unintentionally.

Carrying on with banking-orientated tips is the sixth pointer, which advises setting up an automatic transfer from your main account to your Christmas savings account on each payday to ensures you save consistently.

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Up next is taking advantage of cashback and rewards programs when making purchases as they can give you money back on your everyday spending, which you can then divert to your Christmas savings.

Eighth on the rundown is being sure to shop smart - whether that means scouring for discounts, shopping in the sales, comparing prices across retailers and collecting coupons for gifts or holiday-related items.

Ninth is definitely one of the more wholesome suggestions, which tells people to get creative and make your loved ones homemade gifts from the heart for a thoughtful yet still cost-effective prezzie.

Maybe consider homemade presents this year? Credit: Dougal Waters / Getty Images
Maybe consider homemade presents this year? Credit: Dougal Waters / Getty Images

Next is limiting your holiday travel expenses which can be done by booking flights and accommodations in advance to secure the best deals if you travel for the holidays.

Participating in seasonal work is the 11th tip, as doing so can help you earn a little extra income to be used specifically for Christmas expenses.

This, however, is understandably not going to be a viable option for everyone.

The penultimate piece of advice highlights the importance of planning and prioritising which can be done by creating a list of gift recipients and prioritisng your spending based on your budget to make sure you stay within your means.

And, finally, last but not least is staying accountable.

The best way to do so is by tracking your progress regularly to make sure you're on target to reach your savings goal with the flexibility of adjusting your budget and spending as needed.

In short, the secret to saving for Christmas is some good old-fashioned planning and discipline.

Topics: Life, Christmas, Cost of Living, Money, Hacks

Rhiannon Ingle
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