How to spend less money at Christmas

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Get the best deals on Christmas food, drinks and gifts by knowing exactly when to shop for a bargain.

When to buy alcohol

According to research, the best time to bag a bargain on spirits like Baileys and whiskey is the last two weeks of November. But get your fizz closer to Christmas – research shows that Champagne is at its cheapest from mid to late December, in good time for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Cheers to that!

When to buy Christmas food

Between 6.30am and 7.30am on 23 December is believed to be the best time to do your Christmas food shop. At this time you’ll be getting fresh produce that’ll last until the big day, and with fewer people in stores, you’ll be in and out of the supermarket quickly. This close to Christmas, many stores drop their prices to shift stock fast, making it worth the early start.

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When to buy ahead

Some items can be bought weeks in advance, so jump on a bargain if you spy one. Cranberry sauce, cheese and smoked salmon all have longer shelf lives, so keep an eye out for promotions now. Potatoes, carrots, parsnips and Brussels sprouts can be parboiled and frozen, saving you time on the day.

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When to buy Christmas presents

Watch out for Black Friday (25 November 2016) and Cyber Monday (28 November 2016). The entire weekend is a good chance to get your Christmas shopping done early. Many discounts launch online first, so check the website before you head for the high street. The best way to save money is to buy only what you wanted anyway, and even then only if it’s at least 20 per cent off.

Another nifty trick for saving on Christmas presents is to create a board of your shopping list on Pinterest. The site has a handy Price Drop Alert feature that emails you when something you’ve pinned goes on sale, so you know when it’s time to buy. It’s almost too easy…

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When to buy a Christmas tree

Hold off buying a real one until at least 1 December. A Nordmann fir is slightly costlier than other trees, but their softer needles won’t drop too much when dried out. The cheaper Norway spruce tree will look good for up to 12 days but their needles drop fairly easily when dry, so don’t place it near a radiator.

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