12+ Ways To Save Money Christmas Shopping

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Here's your guide to Christmas shopping on a student budget, with more than 12 ways to save money on presents, food and yourself.

Start early
As Christmas nears - and demand for popular gifts increases - prices go up. Start early and grab a bargain. Heck, begin in January and buy all your wrapping paper in the sale.

Make a budget
When it comes to presents, it's a good idea to make a budget and stick to it, such as £10 per present. You may wish to allocate more of your budget to closer friends and family.

Compare prices
Once you've picked the perfect present, Shop around for the best price, whether it be online or on the high street. You'll very likely to find a cheaper price beyond the first place you look.

Get reduced food online
Online supermarket Approved Food offers huge savings on food. The website specialises in surplus and short-dated stock, food that is either near or just passed its 'best before' date. It's still good to eat, but costs a fraction of the retail price.

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Student Discounts
Make use of student discounts both in stores where available and websites like ASOS.

Search for offers and coupons
Search the web for vouchers, offers or coupon codes you can use, typically there will be at least one or two floating about that may either get you a discount or free shipping.

Try an Amazon Prime Trial
If you're doing a lot of your shopping online, consider signing up for a FREE Amazon Prime Trial if you've not done so. Typically costing £79 a year of £7.99 a month, it'll get you free one-day shipping on eligible items (and a whole lot more!). Cancel before the end of the trial to avoid getting charged.

Amazon shopping hacks
As well as using a Prime trial, make sure to check out these Amazing Amazon Hacks which will allow you to get even cheaper deals from the online shopping giant.

Use Cashback sites
Sign up to use cashback websites like SwagBucks QuidCo which give you money back when you to shop through them.

Make something
You don't have to buy anything at all. You can make your own gift or could simply bake something sweet! There are so many easy student recipes online that you're sure to find something suitable to whip up.

8 easy home made gift ideas they'll actually love

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Win at supermarket reductions
Read our guide to supermarket reductions to grab a bargain next time you go shopping.

Plus, learn about the sorts of dirty tactics supermarkets use to get us to spend more. Read up on their tricks and avoid parting with your cash.

Student dinner on a budget
This £10 budget Christmas dinner roast is great for Xmas and will feed up to six people for less than a tenner.

Get FREE stuff
Or go a step further and Get stuff for FREE. Take advantage of give-aways, free samples, tasters and testers, as well as websites like Gumtree, to get stuff for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING without being scammed. There really is no cash.

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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