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Get smarter about gift buying | Savings with Sarah #1


Christmas is just around the corner. Here's how to get your gifts sorted early and save in the process.

If you're rolling your eyes at the mere mention of the word 'Christmas' in September, I totally get it – it's a bit of a dirty word at this time of year.

But hear me out, as there's a really good reason to consider getting into the festive spirit sooner than later. It's all about being organised.

Start writing your list now, so you can take advantage of pre-Christmas sales and save a small fortune along the way. The sales around Black Friday can be epic – we're talking huge discounts off brands that don't often go on sale.

Case in point: last year, I strategically shopped the Black Friday sales and saved $400 off the RRP of the gifts I bought, including a pair of Apple Airpods for 25% less. Apple are notoriously tight about offering discounts, but this is the one time of the year they get generous.

If you start making your Christmas shopping list now, you can take advantage of the November sale period and importantly, you can start setting aside some money now to shop.

Another tip to manage your Christmas budget?

  • When you do your weekly grocery shop, add a $10 or $20 gift card to the mix.
  • You won't notice the spending as much week to week, but in 10 weeks time you'll have a nice collection of gift cards.
  • You can add them to a box of chocolates as a gift, or use the vouchers towards groceries for Christmas Day.

Did you know? The average Aussie planned on spending $1,361 last Christmas.

Savings with Sarah

Each Monday, our money expert Sarah Megginson shares another tip to help you save more than you spend.
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