One month to go! Ten steps to crushing Christmas

If like me, your build up to Christmas is more disaster than Disney, here are ten top tips for getting organised in the build-up to the big day.

1. Don’t forget the last postal dates

Hands up who has ended up with a pile of cards which never made it to the post office in time for Christmas? For those of us who still send cards and gifts to far-flung friends, remembering when the last postal dates are is neigh-on impossible. So here they are – stick them in your diary!

Wednesday December 18 for Second Class post
Friday December 20 for First Class post
Monday 23 December for Special Delivery 

2. Bag your Black Friday bargains

Black Friday is this week – on the 29 November. This is the date when most stores slash their prices before Christmas, especially on bigger electronic items like TVs and white goods. Have a look online if you’ve got your eye on something specific and you could save a bundle of cash.

3. Crack Cyber Monday

As if one day wasn’t enough, now we also have Cyber Monday on December 2nd offering great deals. Be savvy; sign up to retailers emails to get a heads up on what they’ll be offering, then bookmark your favourites ready to click on Monday.

4. Book your ‘Click and Deliver’

Time slots go really quickly so don’t leave it to the last minute. I love getting my stuff delivered when it comes to the big Christmas grocery shop because it saves lugging it around, struggling from shop to car and car to kichen. Best of all, no grumpy shoppers to contend with!

5. Go for secret Santa to keep your expenses down

That way you’re not spending a fortune on everyone at work or at home – instead everyone pulls a name out of a hat and you buy one gift at a set price. It’s win / win.

6. Order your Christmas turkey

If you want to get a big juicy offering from your local butcher you have to get it ordered in the next week or so, otherwise it’ll be turkey thighs all round – and no one wants that.

7. Grab a Boxing Day bargain

If you really want to bag a bargain and don’t mid battling it out, a great idea if you’re seeing family and friends after Christmas Day is to do your shopping in the Boxing Day sales. You’re not being a cheapskate – you’ll be able to buy them more, for less!

8. Pre-book your taxis

If you’re heading out and don’t want to be designated driver, get your taxis booked in advance to make sure you get one. If you are out in a group, try to get a bigger taxi and pre-arrange drop offs to share the cost. 

9. Check your travel

If you are visiting family and friends round the UK, be aware that there are planned engineering works on the trains with many services being cancelled or replaced by buses. Not much fun if it catches you out. Check to see if your Christmas travel will be affected 

10. And finally…

Buy and wrap a few spare gifts to keep ‘just in case’ you are given one from someone you didn’t expect. A quick scribble on the name tag and your blushes are spared!

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