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Be safe sending cash for Christmas

Unless you’ve got a turbo-charged sleigh, enabling you to make last-minute deliveries anywhere in the world, then the easiest Christmas present for friends and relatives overseas is cash. Indeed, it’s probably a good option for anyone you’re not going to see over the Christmas period even if they ar...
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How I managed finally to pay off Christmas

It’s been a long old slog – quite the marathon – but at last I have repaid my massive overspend from Christmas: a whopping £1,000. Fortunately this was savings money I had borrowed from myself so I didn’t have to pay any credit card interest. That doesn’t mean it’s free cash. It means I’ve been with...
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My six top tips for paying off Christmas debt quickly

Welcome back everyone! It’s 2018, we’re going back to school and holidays are most definitely over. Meanwhile it’s cold, there’s nothing to look forward to and most of us, including myself, are in the red after a Christmas blowout. I was lucky to be able to borrow from my emergency fund so I won’t b...
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Happy Christmas to all our readers and best wishes for #2018!

Holidays are almost here! The kids finish school soon and the recent snow (or ice, as it was in Little Cashington) lent a festive backdrop to the organised chaos that is Christmas and the finale of the year. Skinted Minted Mum will also be going on a short break after Monday’s newsletter. We will re...
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How to save money at Christmas

What is it about Christmas that makes you spend money like a toddler high on chocolate coins? Perhaps it says something about my rubbish parenting skills but when the school said kids could wear Christmas jumpers on Monday, did I refuse to shell out for some acrylic monstrosity that will get all of ...
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How to survive the office Christmas party

Over the next two weeks, restaurants, pubs and clubs will be no-go zones for normal outings: yes, it’s peak office Christmas party season. Don’t go near one of these any weekday evening until Christmas unless you really want to watch others getting drunk and being obnoxious. For those of us no longe...
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How to play credit cards at Christmas without going into the red

Overspending at Christmas can result in a debt hangover in the New Year. A hefty credit card bill could spoil January – and even the months after if you don’t clear the debt. But there are sensible ways to plan your spending at Christmas. For starters, you need to make sure you’re using the best pay...
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Struggling with the ungiftable? Six tricks to make a Christmas hamper the perfect present

Finding presents for children is easy enough (technology, tech and maybe some more tech) but what about getting Christmas gifts for the man or woman in your life who has everything. Or worse, those elderly relatives who actually don’t want anything? I was wandering through Waitrose yesterday and pic...
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