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Three-ingredient Christmas recipes

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Christmas is an expensive time for most people. Presents, food and decorations can quickly add up and costs can spiral. To help keep costs down, we’ve got some cheap recipe ideas to help keep your budget on track and impress your guests for less.

Bring on our festive edition of three-ingredient recipes! Each of these dishes requires just a trio of main ingredients to shorten your shopping list without sacrificing on flavour.

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The ultimate Christmas DIY gift guide

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DIY Christmas gifts

Remember when you were a kid and it was perfectly acceptable to give someone the misshapen clay pot you’d made in school at Christmas? I miss those days. Life was simpler back then.

Fast forward 20 years and I’m currently stressing out about buying gifts – and it’s only November. “Tis the season” and all that but unfortunately it’s an expensive season that actually only lasts a day. Can’t we all decide on a universally acceptable amount to spend on each other at Christmas? Is this something we can vote on?

Until my utopia is formed (it’s only a matter of time, mua haha!) I’ve decided to go back to my roots and embrace the DIY Christmas once more (the 6-year-old me would be so proud). The good thing about DIY gifts is that everyone will be touched that you put some thought into their pressie! Luckily for you guys, I’ve put together a list of DIY presents so it’ll save you the time of actually having to come up with any ideas yourself. I really do spoil you!

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8 ways to wrap up Christmas early this year

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Don't get swept up in Christmas mania this year!

Don’t get swept up in Christmas mania this year!

As much as most of us are loathe to even think about it, Christmas is steadily creeping closer. It’s now less than 100 days away!

Before we know it, festive adverts will soon dominate our televisions, and from every supermarket speaker will rattle a relentless barrage of cutesy jingles. Bah! Bah humbug, I say!

Leaving our gripes to one side for a moment, planning for Christmas now is a wise move – by taking just a few small steps each week, you can save yourself a ton of aggravation come December.

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How to avoid over-spending on Christmas ‘grudge’ purchases

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They’re not happy about the cost of the wrapping paper

Christmas, bah humbug. Well, it seems that the season of goodwill does bring out the Scrooge in a lot of us.

A recent study found out that we have a number of ‘grudge’ purchases we feel forced to make, and a number of Christmas ‘gripes’ that really get on our nerves. And all of these gripes, groans and grudges involve money. So how do you avoid wasting money on stuff you don’t need?

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10 ways to have an old-fashioned Christmas on a budget

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Old-fashioned Christmas?

In my youth, my Dad used to tell me about Christmas in his day. He’d tell me that all he got was an apple and an orange and if he was lucky a piece of coal to help warm the hearth.

I later checked with my grandparents about this, and they told me my Dad was a blatant liar – but that in their youth they were lucky to get an old carrot in a stocking and that a piece of coal was luxury beyond comprehension!

Despite my Christmas discussion with relatives sounding like something from a Monty Python sketch, it’s very true that Christmas has changed through the years and adults as well as children now expect it to be a time of lavish gifts, expensive food and costly booze.

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Party on the cheap this Christmas

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Have a peaceful Christmas

Christmas: it’s finally here! Even if you’re not in debt, Christmas can make the average family budget run into the red; indeed we’ve seen figures recently that suggest some families are still paying off credit taken out to fund last year’s Christmas festivities.

We don’t want you taking out further debt and we also don’t want Christmas to be too sparse an affair. In this blogpost we’ve stuck our frugalista heads together, along with asking our friends on Facebook, and tried to come up with ways that can help you have a memorable Christmas without breaking the bank.

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Money, your relationship and Christmas

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Don’t let debt ruin Christmas for you and your partner

Far from being the most wonderful time of the year, for some people Christmas can be the most harrowing, especially if you’re worrying about debt. Everyone seems to have their hand out, no one seems to want to help with Christmas dinner, and every little annoyance seems a hundred times bigger.

All that stress has many couples bickering over the most trivial things. Little spats are normal, but everyday rows can indicate trouble. If this sounds familiar then you may need advice from a relationship counselling service.

You might ask, what do relationships have to do with your finances? Relate found that 80% of their clients are dealing with money worries. They then take their worries out on their partner, which just makes things worse.

We’ve put together a list of Relate’s best relationship remedies to help you stick together this Christmas and beyond…

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