I swung by Oxford Street on my route home after work yesterday and unsurprisingly the street was packed with shoppers dashing around to find the perfect Christmas present. Zipping in and out of shops, the main thing I found was how expensive everything was, even with the VAT reduction. It can be a challenge to find a thoughtful gift, and usually the perfect gift = expensive present in most people's minds but there are ways to have a cheaper Christmas without being a Scrooge.
It was with that thought in mind, that I co-wrote an article called Ten ways to cut the cost of Christmas which ran in The Independent recently to help shoppers find thrifty ways to save some money during what is the most expensive time of year. This year, shoppers will be forking out £400 each.
The article gives a range of tips including how to make the most of cashback, using online vouchers, redeeming loyalty points and a whole bunch of other ways to save some cash, so do check it out!