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Cash in for next Christmas – NOW

Making a few wise purchases throughout the month of January could mean saving some pennies in the long run

Your children have been spoilt, you’ve eaten too much food, and you’re probably through with the festive season but – we hate to be the bearer of bad news – next Christmas will come round quicker than you think. As millions of us across the country head out into the cold to hit the new year sales, not everyone will be thinking of ways to ease the financial burden of paying for next year’s festivities, but now is undoubtedly the time to do it.

In most cases Christmas supplies such as crackers, cards and wrapping paper will be less than half price. If you do lots of wrapping then this could save you some money.

If you and your partner were discussing throwing out this year’s tree decorations in the run-up to Christmas, then it’s a good idea to think about replacements during the sales. As soon as the big day is over most shops look to clear this year’s stock as they too begin to prepare for next year.

Other items are also reduced throughout the beginning of the year, it’s not just items to do with Christmas you can pick up a bargain for. Think ahead to your children’s or partner’s birthdays and any other big events you might have coming up such as weddings and christenings.

If you do decide to go out and pick up some bargains, then make sure you do some smart packing and organising when you start storing everything away for next year. There’s nothing worse than rebuying items just because you can’t remember where you put them, so make sure you store similar items together and label boxes. Small and simple steps will mean easy unpacking when Christmas 2015 comes round.

It might be the last thing you want to think about with Christmas only just over, but a little pain now could lead to big gains by the time next season comes around.  

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