Christmas on a shoestring

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If you’re feeling the pinch this Christmas it might be time to get creative with how and what you gift your loved ones. Here are our top five favourite tips for buying presents on a tight budget: Secret Santa for family and friends Rather than spreading your resources thin by buying presents for every person in your family or friendship … Read More

Three ways to spot financial strain over the festive period

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For some, Christmas has evolved into a month-long blow-out of fancy parties, dining out and far too many gifts. The pressure to put on a good show and overspend on new outfits, dinner with all the trimmings and wish-lists as wide as Santa’s waist is immense. No wonder so many of us go hopelessly over-budget and inevitably see the magic … Read More

The cost of Christmas

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The market research firm, YouGov, revealed that in the lead-up to last Christmas, anticipated spending was down to the lowest level since it began tracking festive finances back in 2012*. However, at £751 the combined cost of gifts, cards, food and decorations still isn’t ‘cheap’ – but it continues a downward trend in spending that began in 2014. The reason? … Read More