Christmas is my favourite time of year – winding down that busy year, meeting up with friends, exchanging presents… it’s also the time of the year that I spend so much on gifts, decorations and Christmas food! Before you continue reading this article, I want to reiterate that you don’t actually have a “net profit” trying these methods out, but you’ll save a little here and there. If this intrigues you, read on!
By right I should start with a preach on consumerism and how Christmas gift giving is somewhat commercialised and bad for the environment but sorry I love to give and receive gifts. Here are some ways to save some money this year:
1) Join ShopBack
For those who don’t know what ShopBack is, it’s a cashback reward program. Once you hit a reward of $10, you can cash out to your bank account directly. Don’t underestimate that 5% off your groceries that are a must to buy, or even travel!
One trick to get even better rewards is to buy the vouchers during sale. I love to buy Zalora vouchers that can go up to 20% rebate! Look out for challenges and promos too.
By the way, this is not a sponsored post though they should pay me. 😬
2) Secret Santa
Why does this save $ for you? Because you don’t have to get EVERYONE a present, but just your “chosen one”. This year, I am trying out a new Secret Santa format because of COVID-19 restrictions.
First, use Draw Names – https://www.drawnames.com.sg/secret-santa-generator this is the trusty website that I have used for years and seems like it has improved to include addresses and automatic wish list links!
Second, make sure everyone inputs their address and set a budget and time for the gift exchange.
On the day itself- VIRTUAL GIFT EXCHANGE! will update if this is successful because it’s happening in two weeks.
3. Potluck parties, dining deals and eatigo
Save some money by having potlucks and eating at places with promotions and dining deals. Usually I check Chope, or better still, eatigo!
You don’t have to compromise on food quality by buying “lower quality/alternative brand” food especially during end-of-year. My favourite at the moment is the promotion for 40% off ala carte at Peach Garden (note: doesn’t cover dim sum)!
Hope these methods work for you, since you already missed the 11/11 and Cyber Monday sales! You can try end year sales or perhaps 12/12 sales? Cutting it close there though.
Have a great end of year and Merry Christmas to all! 🎄