SAVVY shopper Bianca is so determined to give her family a fantastic Christmas this year that she started her present shopping on Boxing Day.
The mum told The Mirror she sets her alarm at 8am on December 26 every year so she can be first in line at the sales.
Bianca Gambone does her Christmas shopping on Boxing day[/caption]
Bianca Gambone gets all her festive shopping done on Boxing day[/caption]
The 26-year-old estimates she saves £1,500 by planning early and bagging sale bargains.
That’s a huge saving when the average person will spend £621 on Christmas in 2021, according to MoneySuperMarket – some 21% more than a year ago.
To make sure she can spread the cost of Christmas, Bianca saves £100 a month through the year.
Her typical Boxing Day buys include pamper sets, slippers, new home gifts and children’s clothes.
And while she still spends £1,000 on all her festive purchases, Bianca says she gets double the amount for her money than she would if she waited to do her shopping in December.
Bianca, from Wolverhampton, started her festive shopping habit in 2016 and has never looked back.
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She said: “I went to Boots and saw all the sales were on. I asked a shop worker what the discounts were and she said everything was reduced 50%.
“I’ve since learnt that Boxing Day is the best day to get my gifts in as by the time items fall to 70% a fortnight later, everything worthwhile is out of stock.”
Make a list, check it twice
She is a sensible sales shopper and makes a list before heading out, which she always sticks to.
Other must-visit stores on her list include Card Factory, JD Sports and H&M.
She’s even been known to shop on Christmas Day itself, stocking up on items from Argos and Asda when their sales start online.
Bianca said: “I have a cupboard in my bedroom just for Christmas gifts and that’s where they’re hidden all year round.
“I am a planner and an organiser and this way is just stress-free for both me and my bank account.”
There are, however, some things Bianca won’t buy in advance. Chocolates, beauty products and gift like bath bombs are not on the list as they tend to expire.
She also does some last minute purchases on Black Friday, so she can make savings on the latest toys and electricals.
How to cut the cost of Christmas
As well as buying early and spreading the cost through the year, there are other tips shoppers can follow to help manage the cost of Christmas.
MoneySuperMarket recommends setting a budget and sticking to it, keeping abreast of the latest deals and offers, and cashing in any unused loyalty points.
Shoppers are being urged not to put themselves in debt to pay for Christmas.
Debt charities are warning against using Buy Now Pay Later schemes to fund the festive season.
Jo Thornhill, money expert at MoneySuperMarket, said: “It’s clear that after last year’s difficult festive period, many Brits are looking forward to celebrating Christmas with gusto this year, but this doesn’t mean you have to break the bank.
“If you’re concerned about the impact that Christmas might have on your finances, rest assured there are always more ways to save.”
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