Ah, Christmas. It’s the most magical time of the year – and often the most expensive! We asked our Grabbies how they keep the costs down over the silly season. Here are some of your best tips:

Alieen F says: “Either buy from Grab One for some great deals or home made “foodie” gifts are always very welcome. Cookies, chutney, jam, cakes, platters, biscuits, preserved fruit…” Anne D is another cook: “I bake homemade Christmas Cakes and Jams to give as gifts, they cost a fraction of bought ones and taste so much nicer .”

Even the dog needs a gift!

Gale B is an expert budgeter: “I have a special account I put money in every pay so I don’t have to suddenly find the money somehow.” Other people recommend buying a supermarket voucher every time you visit throughout the year to sort out Christmas dinner. Polli M has a great way to save on food: “Instead of cooking a mega Christmas dinner feed, each family member prepares their favourite dish, enough to share with the rest of the family. It works well even if a five year old just opens a can of beetroot.”

Trevor L spreads the costs in a slightly different way: “In the 8 weeks before Christmas we buy 3 or 4 grocery items that are Christmas related and on special each week and put them aside, then on Christmas Eve we get them all out and it is a treat that lasts through Christmas and saves on Christmas groceries.”

Lots of people recommend Secret Santa: you “randomly pull one adults name out of the hat,” and only buy a gift for that person. The way Anna H also buys for the kids in her extended family – and makes sure her partner knows he has to buy her a gift too! “He’s not allowed to not think of me at Christmas!”

Helen B plays Secret Santa with a strict $5 limit – can you imagine the creative gifts everyone would produce?

Love seeing all the presents piled under the tree!

Vienna C has figured out the secret to thoughtful giftgiving: “I listen to my children and loved ones of things they like…” and to keeping it affordable: “I buy them when they are on special throughout the year and hide them until Christmas arrives.”

Sarah G has to have the last word: “I buy my Christmas presents on Grabone. Saves heaps!”

Take Sarah’s advice and check out GrabOne’s Events page. You’ll find Him, Her, Kids and Families, plus gifts Under $20, Under $50, Under $100 and Over $100, to help you with your shopping. Keep visiting these pages regularly too – they’re constantly updating as we add new deals to the mix! Or if that’s all too much, why not give a gift card instead?

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