Christmas doesn’t have to break the bank! Christmas presents, decorations, nights out … it’s all part of the festive fun but the costs of these can add up very quickly! Find some money saving below tips below:

1.Secret Santa!

Christmas presents can be overwhelming and you could have a long list of gifts that you feel you should purchase. The best way to combat this is to suggest a Secret Santa group for any that might like to be involved.

Agree amongst yourselves who would like to be involved, put those names into a hat and decide on a reasonable budget.

This not only saves a lot of money, but it also is really fun to guess who your secret Santa was!

2. Keep an eye out for Christmas deals.

Retailers market many offers over the festive period, students should keep an eye on the Uniday website for exclusive discounts designed especially for students.

Be sure to consider the 3 for 2 offers, these are designed to encourage you to spend money that you might not have if the deal wasn’t available.

3. Make handmade Christmas gifts

The most cost-effective way of doing this is with cooking a sweet treat that can be divided up and gift wrapped.

Chocolate Truffles or Peppermint Creams would be a firm Christmas treat, you can find simple recipes for this online.

4. IOU’s!

We are all well aware of the vast drop in retail prices after Christmas Day!

If a friend or family member has asked for something specific, or you’re just keen to get them a particular gift, give them an IOU! Then, come the January sales, you can get them the prefect present at the perfect price!

5. Cashback on your Christmas shopping

When shopping online always start by using a cashback site like Quidco and TopCashback, they will give you back a percentage of what you spend. This essentially amounts to a discount off the product, be sure to visit the cashback site first and then search for your purchase.

Quidco offers cashback with many high street stores now as well!

6. Students get together in the Common Areas!

Some students will be staying in Kingston and Winchester this year for the festive period. We will be encouraging you all to get together in the common areas of our student accommodation buildings! You can arrange a course each!

Most of all eat, drink and be Merry!