Enjoy Christmas on a Budget

Give as You Live makes it easier than ever to have a fantastic festive season on a budget whilst also helping charities that need assistance at all times of the year.

We make it simple to compare prices, saving time and money, and give you the charitable incentive to buy that little bit more for this special occasion. We’re also on hand to offer the following money-saving tips (and lots of others) before, after and during the festive season.

Plan and Spread Out the Cost

Start researching and buying your Christmas presents and decorations early. This means you will avoid the festive mark-ups as well as reducing the sell-out risk and the chance of your over-spending in a last-minute buying panic. There are lots of great gift ideas from shops such as Not on the High Street, Getting Personal, Firebox, iWOOT and Buy a Gift.

Choose Wisely

Buy quality items that will last (it can be false economy to go super-cheap), and consider shunning ‘fashionable’ items that will need replacing next year. You can also invest in items that will last for longer than the festive season. Instead of investing in a duvet cover set festooned with Santas and reindeers, for example, how about buying a great red or green version that you could actually use at any time of the year (if you decide you don’t want to keep it for special occasions)?

Examples of this include the J by Jasper Conran green Carlton duvet cover, now £22 from Debenhams, the red Ralph Lauren home player duvet cover, £149 from House of Fraser and the Hotel Chinoiserie Cotton Bedding, priced at between £18 and £100 at John Lewis.

Buy in Bulk

Whether you’re an Asda, Aldi, Lidl or Tesco fan, a Morrisons or Waitrose, Sainsburys and Marks and Spencer shopper with your presence at Christmas (or any time of the year), save money by buying in bulk when it comes to your big Christmas shop.

Make the most of buy one get one free offers and ‘two for…’ deals, but make sure that you will ultimately make use of your purchases. Remember that it won’t be a bargain if you end up throwing it away.

Shop Smart

Whether you’re buying your Christmas party outfit from Selfridges or Harvey Nichols or your Christmas dinner from Iceland always shop smart. That means comparing prices, only being swayed by genuine bargains, only buying what you need and utilising all of the methods mentioned to make your money go as far as possible, including using Give as You Live to give your favourite charity their own Christmas gift.