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The 'obvious ways to save money this Christmas' thread 2016
The 'obvious ways to save money this Christmas' thread 2016

The 'obvious ways to save money this Christmas' thread 2016

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It’s Christmas (or it will be in a week or two), and what do we do at Christmas? We watch movies, listen to music and drink a sh.. load of alcohol (Don’t forget Aldi currently have 20 Budweisers for £9,99, my personal preference!). Some of you will be sat watching Home Alone, some watching Miracle on 4th Street and others (you Poundland, hunters, you!) will be revelling with a beer in hand as you sit down to watch the greatest one of all time…Die Hard!

Obviously we can save money with our Christmas viewing if we take out a trial from one of the popular video streaming sites. Although you’re all probably aware of what they are and what they offer, I’m simply putting all this information in this post to try and save us all some dosh over Christmas (although you're going to quite abruptly let me know it's old news!)

And of course, don’t forget the Christmas tradition (if you’re still stuck in the 90s) the Christmas Radio times! You can currently grab 12 issues for just £1.00 (including the Christmas Edition) at BuySubscriptions.

Entertainment Subscriptions

Now TV (sign up on the 20th December will allow viewing until 1st January)

Free 14 day trial for movies, entertainment and kids passes (sign up on the 20th December will allow viewing until 1st January)

14 day free trial on the entertainment passes, movies pass or kids pass

Amazon Prime Video (sign up on 3rd December for viewing until 3rd January)

Free access to the Amazon Instant Video service including free one day delivery on Amazon.co.uk

Netflix (one month free trial) (sign up on 3rd December for viewing until 3rd January)

Self explanatory free trial to binge out on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul whilst you pig out on Christmas pudding.

Music Subscriptions

iOS:Apple Music 3 Month’s Free Trial

Android:Google Play Music 2 Month Trial (possibly account specific)

Multi-Platform:Spotify Premium 3 month subscription (new accounts) - 99p

Letter to Santa

Every year my kids compose a letter to Santa, and every year I cringe whilst they’re doing it. It’s a big part of the kids festivities and we should all get behind it. There are a few available options available this year including the Royal Mail template (for the cost of a stamp and must be posted by the 9th) or alternatively you can create your letter from Santa with NSPCC and donate £5 in the process.

[Royal Mail] [NSPCC]

Grocery shopping!

The best grocery shop of the year, right? Brussel sprouts, turkey (not that gaming dude), dried roasted peanuts and a cheap bottle of plonk. Christmas sorted.

I’ve listed below the current available offers for delivery options from the leading supermarkets (personally I like the hustle and bustle). They are obviously set to change from now up until Christmas, but the Tesco mid-week saver is a fantastic option for you to take out on the 3rd December to cover all your Tesco grocery and Direct orders.

Tesco (including Tesco Direct, Groceries, F&F / (Sign up for your month's FREE trial on 3rd December for deliveries until 3rd January))

Ocado - £20 off first shop PLUS Free midweek pass (code: VOU9318789)

Sainsburys - £18 off £80 shop (Multiple savings on numerous shops)

Morrisons – Unlimited* Deliveries (one per day on orders over £40)

Anytime Pass (7 days a week) £7 month / £40 6 months / £60 yearly
Midweek pass (Tues – Thurs) £5 month / £20 6 months / £30 yearly

Gift Wrapping

Remember, there is nothing worse than wrapping presents at Chrismas and if you’re anything like me, you need not have bothered to be honest…

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Most retailer will offer a free wrapping service over the Christmas period, or at worst for a small charge. Just remember, the less time you spend wrapping presents, the more time you can spend on the Lambrini.

Christmas top 10 toys (DO NOT mention Hatchimels!)

Full credit to emribena for putting together this years top ten toys (as requested by our nations brightest and happiest children).


1 - Fisher Price Think and learn Code-a-pillar RRP £49.99
Recommended for ages 3 - 6


2 - FurReal Torch my blazin dragon RRP £89.99
Recommended for ages 4+


3 - Vtech KiddiZoom action cam RRP £49.99
Recommended for ages 5+


4 - Nerf Modulus Tri Strike RRP £49.99
Recommended for ages 8+


5 - Star Wars BB-8 remote control RRP £59.99
Recommended for ages 4+

6 - Barbie Malibu Townhouse RRP £89.99
Recommended for ages 5+


7 - Furby Connect RRP £99.99
Recommended for ages 6+


8 - WowWee Chip the Robot dog RRP £199.99
Recommended for ages 8+


9 - 60124 Lego city volcano exploration base set RRP £79.99
Recommended for ages 8+


10 - Selfie Mic RRP £19.99
Recommended for ages 8+


11 - Zoomer Chimp RRP £119.99
Recommended for ages 5+


12 - Vtech Toot toot drivers goldmine RRP £52.99
Recommended fro ages 1+

13 - Thomas & friends trackmaster sky high bridge jump RRP £99.99
Recommended for ages 3+


14 - Paw Patrol Air patroller RRP £39.99
Recommended for ages 3+


15 - Animal Alley 45" toy Unicorn RRP £59.99
Recommended for ages 3+


Please see below...

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Coca Cola Truck 2016

Unfortunately, (or fortunately for myself, so I don’t have to go around looking for every date in every location) most cities and towns will have turned their Christmas lights on by now. However, the Coca Cola Christmas truck (you know the one – Holidays are coming) is still doing its rounds and is available to see at the following places –

• Carlisle - 22nd Nov
• Yeovil - 22nd Nov
• Exeter - 23rd Nov
• Newcastle upon Tyne - 23rd Nov
• Cardiff - 24th Nov
• Sunderland - 24th Nov
• Bristol - 25th Nov
• Leeds - 25th Nov
• Scarborough - 26th Nov
• Swindon - 26th Nov
• Bradford - 27th Nov
• Milton Keynes - 27th Nov
• Bournemouth - 29th Nov
• Wrexham - 29th Nov
• Southampton - 30th Nov 
• Watford - 1st Dec
• Manchester - 1st Dec
• Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester - 2nd Dec 
• Lancaster - 3rd Dec
• Liverpool - 4th Dec
• The O2 Greenwich, London - 3rd Dec
• The O2 Greenwich, London - 4th Dec
• Baldock - 6th Dec
• St Helens - 6th Dec
• Harlow - 7th Dec
• Doncaster - 8th Dec
• Ipswich - 8th Dec
• Cleethorpes - 9th Dec
• Norwich - 9th Dec
• Lincoln - 10th Dec
• Northampton - 11th Dec
• Leicester - 13th Dec
• Peterborough - 13th Dec
• Leyton Mills, London - 14th Dec
• Telford - 14th Dec
• Southend - on - Sea - 15th Dec
• Birmingham - 17th Dec
• Eastbourne - 17th Dec
• Coca-Cola London Eye, London - 18th Dec
• Leicester Square, London - 20th Dec

Map locations here cocacola.co.uk/coc…16/

Of course, it’s Black Friday in a few days and the retailers are going to be going a little silly.
Remember to use the HotUKDeals Black Friday page to keep up with the individual merchants page and the best deals as they happen!
[http://www.hotukdeals.com/black-friday]

Advent Calendars
I spotted this earlier today which I definitely thought was worth a mention, PlayPennies currently have a great article on beauty advent calendars and their top 10 list of purchases including bareMinerals, House of Fraser and Benefit Cosmetics. It’s definitely worth checking out playpennies.com/fea…574

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10/10 for effort as usual Buzz!

Wow what an informative thread, thanks Buzz and Merry Christmas when it arrives

Awesome!! Op, you're the real Santa Claus

Heat for effort

What an awesome List OP! Though My Personal fav's to watch at chritmas every year with out fail is National Lampoons Christmas Vaction, Muppets Christmas Carol, Scrooged and Santa Claus: The Movie (Dudley Moore not Tim Allen Duh!).

Have some heat OP

Great post Buzz! Merry Christmas to you my friend

now that wasted 5 minutes of my life reading. Cold.

fiestasteve44

now that wasted 5 minutes of my life reading. Cold.


What about the 15.7 seconds I wasted reading this!

fiestasteve44

now that wasted 5 minutes of my life reading. Cold.


Yes it's definitely a cold day for FISHING!

The 'obvious way to save money the Christmas'

IT'S CANCELLED.

fiestasteve44

now that wasted 5 minutes of my life reading. Cold.


You should try being a happier chap.
If your lucky you might even become FocusSteve or better yet MondeoSteve.

Top Christmas Money saving Tip

"Nothing saves money like being antisocial".

got for effort

The 'obvious way to save money this Christmas'..

Don't buy anything.

Thanks for the great deals Buzz. It must've taken a lot of research to put this together.

I'm just going to crowbar this in to the thread; Every year, I contact everyone I know who has a social media account to tell them that they're not going to receive a Christmas card but instead, I will donate the cost of cards and postage to a charity.

I know this isn't the idea of this deal but hope it can influence just a few people to do likewise.

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RobertM0215

Thanks for the great deals Buzz. It must've taken a lot of research to … Thanks for the great deals Buzz. It must've taken a lot of research to put this together.I'm just going to crowbar this in to the thread; Every year, I contact everyone I know who has a social media account to tell them that they're not going to receive a Christmas card but instead, I will donate the cost of cards and postage to a charity. I know this isn't the idea of this deal but hope it can influence just a few people to do likewise.



No, it's indeed a great idea at Christmas. As I mentioned above in the post, there's currently two options for writing Christmas letters with your kids. Obviously one has a cost of £5, but in the end is for the better benefit.

Good for you man Have a great Christmas.

Thanks for putting this together - really informative

Anyone no fin thw Apple Music 3 month trial is for new customers only?

fiestasteve44

now that wasted 5 minutes of my life reading. Cold.


Merry Christmas to you too.

The time & effort that has gone into this fair play Buzz keep up the good work

Brilliant listing!!

moneybag

What about the 15.7 seconds I wasted reading this!



Really!! 15.7 secs to read "now that wasted 5 minutes of my life reading. Cold." oO oO oO

You can always become a jehovah's witness.

Money saved.

Jeez, how expensive are those toys? oO

brilliant buzz

How to save money...never carry any and sponge off everyone else...works a dream... so many suckers so little time

FantasyDeals

The 'obvious way to save money the Christmas'IT'S CANCELLED.



1. Delay your festivities until mid-January.
2. Use the January sales to buy the discounted Christmas-related food & drink, gifts, gift wrapping, & gift cards.
3. £Profit.

obvious way to save is just not to spend right?

Nice post, heat added

Oneday77

You should try being a happier chap. If your lucky you might even become … You should try being a happier chap. If your lucky you might even become FocusSteve or better yet MondeoSteve.


X)

Great thread. Cheers. Very informative.

Great thread. Very informative.

squiby

obvious way to save is just not to spend right?



The converse; spending wisely.

Still baffled why anyone would want their photo with a coke delivery lorry......

Become a Jehovah Witness? Seems obvious to me. oO
Edited by: "mmacarthur" 22nd Nov 2016

fanpages

1. Delay your festivities until mid-January.2. Use the January sales to … 1. Delay your festivities until mid-January.2. Use the January sales to buy the discounted Christmas-related food & drink, gifts, gift wrapping, & gift cards.3. £Profit.


Better idea is to become an Orthodox Christian, for example Armenia, Russia, Bulgaria and others actually have their festive day on 7th January, so all those living here are well and truly sorted for post Xmas sale shopping !

Heat added

I'm a bit disappointed to see when I click to NSPCC it goes through as an affiliated link. I hope HUKD aren't taking a cut of any purchases?
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