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Money-saving apps to help you budget for Christmas 2016

Posted 06 November 2016 by Emily Bancroft

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It’s still a whole seven weeks away until Christmas 2016 but it’s always a good idea to get started on your shopping early. If you’re on a tight budget, Christmas can seem like a time to tighten your belt just so you can afford to buy presents for your friends and family.

But it doesn’t need to be that way – you don’t have to go over budget to make this time of year special. We’re taking a look at how free apps could help you to budget this Christmas – just pull out your phone to save a few pounds!

Making a list, checking it twice!

The best way to save money this Christmas is to really plan what you’re going to get for everyone – that means making a really comprehensive list. With Santa’s Bag for iOS and Christmas Gift List for Android, you can write a list of everyone you need to buy for and set a budget of how much you want to spend. By keeping tracking of everything you’re buying, it’s easier to avoid the strain on your purse strings.

Get the best price

We all know that Amazon is a great place for picking up bargain gifts. But prices can change so fast, how do you know if you’re getting the best deal? With Price Alert for Amazon (iOS, Android), you can track the prices of your watched items. Just set an ideal price and when your item drops below this, the app will let you know so you can get what you want for less.

Doing a deal

Whenever you’re shopping online, it’s always a good idea to scout out the latest voucher codes. This could save you a few quid off whatever you’re looking to buy. HotUKDeals (iOS, Android) shows you the most up-to-date vouchers and freebies around and you can check which ones the community have rated ‘hot’. Just make sure it doesn’t encourage you to buy something you don’t really need or want – otherwise you’re not saving money, you could be wasting it.

Get something back

It’s always better to give than to receive at Christmas. But if you can get something while you’re buying gifts for your friends or family, it’s all the better! Cashback apps like TopCashback and Quidco are both free and can get you back a couple of pounds on some of your purchases. Whenever you’re looking to buy something, it’s worth checking on these apps first – there might be a cashback deal on.

Turkey and all the trimmings

When it gets closer to the big day, one major expense you’ll need to think about is Christmas dinner. How do you know where’s the cheapest place to buy it from? Check out mySupermarket (iOS, Android) to find out which supermarket has got the cheapest items. Just put together your shopping list and the app will show you the best offers available. So now the big shop doesn’t need to cost you a fortune!

We hope our pick of the best money-saving apps helps you to plan a great Christmas on a budget this year. Still looking for more ways to save? Check out how apps can help you stick to your budget and how apps can help you manage your money for our tips on how technology can keep you thrifty.

 

by Emily Bancroft

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