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Debt and money news – December 2015

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Do you read the small print when taking out financial products? A report has found that it’s costing us all £428 each year. Remember when smart energy meters were set to make our lives easier? Apparently they could leave us worse off.

Don’t worry though – it’s not all doom and gloom. The drop in oil prices has sparked a petrol price war at the pumps, set to continue into the New Year. We’ve also got the best free ways to track Santa as he delivers presents around the world this Christmas, and news of a new phone scam affecting Brits. Time to find out more…

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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

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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This month’s top ten money-saving articles

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Who made our top ten this month?

Who made our top ten this month?

Seasons greetings, pop pickers! It’s not long now until ol’ Saint Nick pays us a visit, so I hope you’ve all made it on to the nice list this year (as for me…no comment!).

Christmas may be getting closer but there’s still time to exercise some festive frugality.

Check out this month’s top ten blogposts for a very holly jolly Christmas!

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

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Christmas grudge spends

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

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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