Firstly, how I saved through the week days. As the weather has been colder and wetter I’ve been getting the bus to work. It’s £2 for a single ticket and as return tickets aren’t offered it was going to cost me £20 a week on the bus for 5 days of travel. Instead I took to buying weekly 7 day tickets for £14 thus saving myself £6 and meaning I could get a bus to Aldi to cheap food shop at weekends included.
As always through the week I made my own packed lunches to take to work and cooked at home in the evenings.
On the first weekend I began my Christmas shopping with a friend who came to visit me. Here’s a break down of how we saved money over the weekend whilst picking up Christmas gifts.
Our first port of call was WH Smith as we are both O2 customers I saw there were lots of free deals to be had. We picked up one box of Christmas cards and a net of gold chocolate coins each without spending a penny. We saved nearly £8 thanks to these offers. I intend to add the net of coins to a small gift.
I picked up a couple of sets of chocolates including some by Thorntons which I knew were favourites of my relatives in Poundland. These were £2 each as they were bigger sets but still far cheaper than the average high street price.
I opted to get 2 cheaper novelty gifts for 2 people as they’d make them laugh and be good fun. One gift receiver is hugely keen on overly decorating the house during the festive season so I bought them some Christmas printed toilet paper for £2.50. It’s more thoughtful than generic sweets and bound to go down well so I was really pleased with that one!
We had lunch that day in Pizza Express because of the O2 £5 main course deal. The bill came to £16 with a saving of over £15 which I was really pleased with. As usual I took 3 slices home for lunch the next day.
On the Friday the company I am working for held their Christmas party meaning I had a night out on Friday without spending a penny thanks to them generously putting money behind the bar. Luckily the venue was close enough to where I live I was able to walk there and back in less than 10 minutes.
This weekend just gone the O2 chocolate coins offer reappeared meaning I was able to pick up a 2nd net for free on Saturday . WH Smith was also offering free metallic Sharpies which I grabbed to use when present wrapping.
I had lunch in Marks and Spencers. They had a deal on offering a festive hot drink and toastie for £5. Considering a toastie alone was £4.50 I thought this was a good treat deal and then when I saw the huge size of the drink with its cream and chocolate sprinkles I was even more chuffed!
On Sunday I went for a wander with a friend around some department stores to browse potential Christmas gifts. By wandering through a Selfridges food hall I was able to sample 2 cheeses and 3 chocolate truffles from 2 different brands. I was also offered 2 samples of baked pastry goods too so that kept me going on my wander! I was also able to get a free glass of iced water in one section of the store.
So all in all in the last 2 weeks I got 4 festive freebies thanks to O2 Priority Moments and WH Smith which I was really happy with. Food wise when I went out I made sure to look for deals, opted for iced tap water as drinks and otherwise cooked for myself or packed up food.