Christmas can be an expensive time of year; however frugal you try to be. With presents, events, and food to pay for, as well as your usual bills, it’s not surprising we feel the pinch come January. Fortunately, you won’t have to break the bank to find festive fun this wintertime. Check out these handy ways to make the most of Christmas on a budget.

Local Events

Ely’s social calendar ramps up as the festive season draws closer, so you’ve got plenty to look forward too. The Love Local Christmas Event gives you the chance to grab some bargains from fantastic local vendors, while Christmas decoration workshops in nearby Peterborough Museum is a fab way to give your Christmas display a personal touch.

Whether you head to The Santa Spectacular at The Lighthouse Centre, the Ely Choral Society Christmas Celebrations at St Mary’s Church or sign up for Lantern Making and Twilight Walks at Brandon Country Park, you’ll find a fantastic selection of free or budget-friendly local events to get you in the festive mood.

Christmas Savers

Putting aside a little money each month for Christmas can be a great way to prepare for the added expense. Of course, it isn’t always easy to stash some cash, particularly if you’re hit with unexpected bills or unforeseen costs throughout the year.

To make things easier, many organisations facilitate monthly Christmas saving. When you do your weekly food shop, for example, your supermarket may give you the option to spend a couple of pounds more on a Christmas voucher.

Although this a great way to prepare for Christmas, many people forget they’ve paid into a Christmas savings plan or collected festive vouchers. Before you start spending, do double-check you don’t have any pre-saved vouchers ready to cash in.

Short-term Loans

If you’ve been hit with unexpected costs in the run up to Christmas, you might need a little extra help with your finances. Emergency loans can be an effective way of accessing funds quickly, particularly if you want to get your Christmas shopping sorted ahead of Christmas Eve.

If you’re concerned that a bad credit history or low income will prevent you from getting the help you need, don’t be. Short-term loan lenders like Loanpig have different eligibility criteria from traditional loan providers. This means they have a high acceptance rate, even if you’re on a relatively low income or have a bad credit history.

With a little extra support in the form of a short-term loan, you can relax and look forward to a fun festive season with your family and friends.

Preparing for the Holidays

With the festive season fast-approaching, wintertime can always be a little hectic. Whether you’re helping young ones rehearse for their school plays, buying last-minute gifts or adorning your home with decorations, you’ll find a range of fantastic ways to celebrate in Ely.

From family-friendly events and Christmas fayres to mulled wine around the fire and midnight carols; you’ll enjoy everything Ely has to offer throughout the 2019 festive season.

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