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Shopping savvy this Christmas

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December can be an expensive month, and with Black Friday sales and Christmas shopping around the corner, you might be feeling like you have a bit less money than usual right now.

But, there are plenty of ways to save money – whether that’s on your Christmas shopping or your weekly food shop. We’ve put together a few ideas for saving money over the festive period.

Christmas shopping

Christmas shopping doesn’t have to break the bank – there are so many ways to have a cheaper and more sustainable Christmas, from DIY gifts to creating your own gift wrap.

For some ideas on how to be more sustainable this Christmas (and save money while you’re at it), take a look at our guide to having a more sustainable Christmas. And if you’re looking for some DIY gift ideas, check out student blogger Laura’s guide to cutting the cost at Christmas, and her simple ways to get crafty in Lockdown!

Food shopping

Food shopping can end up being one of the biggest expenses at university. Shopping online and getting your groceries delivered is a great way to save time and money, and it’s useful to know which supermarkets offer home deliveries if you end up having to self-isolate.

We price checked five of the main UK supermarkets, based on an average weekly shop of 20 items*

ALDI – £18.01

Aldi do not currently offer grocery deliveries, however you can find your nearest store here.

ASDA – £20.77

ASDA offer home deliveries across most of Manchester, and you can check your delivery and collection options here. Alternatively, you can find your local ASDA store here.

Morrisons – £24.22

Morrisons are currently offering a new service, allowing students who are isolating or in need of food the option to receive a next day delivery for £2. To place an order, visit their website and payment will be taken at the doorstep upon delivery.

Tesco – £24.69

Tesco are offering home deliveries, and you can find your nearest store here.

Sainsbury’s – £26.95

Sainsbury’s are currently offering home deliveries, ranging from £0 – £4.50 depending on the time of day. Find out more here.

*Prices correct as of Tuesday 24 November 2020. Average weekly shop contained a list of the 20 most commonly bought items during weekly shops in the UK.

For other money saving tips, take a look at our 7 top tips for managing money as a university student, and content ambassador Megan’s 5 apps to help you make the most of your money!

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