So Christmas is coming and Santa is checking his list. It is such a shame though that you do have to pay and Santa won't give you gifts for free each year, but this is reality, so I have used and am using these methods to save money on my wife's Christmas presents this year. Come a little closer and I shall tell all.
These are an absolute godsend yet so many people forget about them. These sites such as Topcashback and Quidco will give you a percentage of the money you spend online on various companies websites, such as H. Samuel, back to you and as such it is well worth registering for these sites. Then when you need to buy something online just take an extra couple of minutes to look through them first for that little bit back into your purse or wallet.
I did this to buy my wife's engagement ring and we also did it with our wedding rings. And whilst you most likely will not be buying anything as expensive as those it is still a little extra money going back to you so is well worth doing it.
There are sites out there that reward you with gift vouchers for either doing surveys or some other task and are very useful for getting a little something for free in which can go towards a present for a few minutes of your time. These sites include swagbucks and instagift card – which you will complete various tasks which range from watching videos, playing games, surveys and more, when you do enough then you can get gift vouchers which range from Amazon to restaurants.
It is even possible from your phone with Zeek, a smartphone app where you can buy discounted vouchers and sell your unwanted ones. For an extra £5 on Zeek enter the promo code: 27L9PA. To enter the promo code, after you have activated your account press the more button in the bottom right hand corner and tap the Redeem Promo.
Now there are always offer around Christmas but it isn't close to Christmas that you should truly start looking, it is in the summer and early autumn. I know that it runs the risk of being discovered but I will always start to really look for presents for my wife around this time as there will be quite a few good offers, many of the offers that are closer to Christmas are not that much of a saving as an item might have been increased in price then had an offer placed on it.
I will admit though that there will sometimes be a good offer on close to Christmas but you will always run the risk of stocks running out, late deliveries due to the stresses on the postal services and of course the most dreaded thing about shopping close to Christmas … Christmas shoppers (insert horror movie scream if you feel is required).
Me and my wife after our first Christmas together quickly chose to set limits on ourselves as we both went a little crazy with spending money on each others presents. As such we have set each other clear limits and we also do this well in advance of Christmas each year, this way we are not breaking the bank for each other.
This sounds boring and even silly but at least then you have a clear figure in mind which you can play with how you want. I personally love buying my wife lots of cheaper presents so she has plenty of gifts to unwrap on the day, whilst my wife last year went for buying me bigger more expensive presents but all of them will be within that limit we set for each other.
If you Travel Abroad
Now if you have been saving money for a holiday overseas or if you travel for business, then even if it is not close to Christmas in the slightest you should still think about the one coming. There are some items and gift sets that can near enough only be found in an airport duty-free. As such you should always do a quick bit of looking whilst you can, even if you buy it in front of her and tell her about it if Christmas is far off will she wont remember you have bought it?
Also there are many things you can buy abroad which are much cheaper than you could get in the UK or just cannot be bought over here, an example being my wife's Carmex which we buy in bulk when we go to Florida but there are other things that we have gotten like for last Christmas, I bought a bottle of perfume and a dress for my wife which can't be bought in this country, well not without shipping costs.
Do you have any tips for saving money on your partner's Christmas gifts?