We all know how hard it is to save money, but as a student it can sometimes be even more difficult. You have several things to budget for, such as rent, food, important reading material for your course, and socialising. But have no fear, because thisblog post can offer you some tips and advice on saving money during one of the most expensive times of the year – Christmas.
Festive seasons such as Christmas, Easter or birthdays can be costly, especially if you need to find a gift for your friends or family. As a way to save money, you might be browsing several online shops, searching for sales or deals; maybe you are comparing the gold price on online jewellery shops for a special gift to your mum, or you might be browsing E-bay and Amazon for cheap gifts for your friends. Why not consider making home made presents? It gives a personal and thoughtful touch to your gift, plus, it is cheap for you to make.
Christmas Gift Idea – As Christmas approaches, every shop will be selling cards, normally priced between £2-4. Why not make your own cards? Simply buy some coloured pieces of A5 sized card, some cotton wool, glitter pens, stencils, card decorations and just have fun!
How about a personalised festive chocolate slab as a present? Begin by melting milk chocolate using a bain-marie, which will slowly melt the chocolate without it burning. Pour into rectangle moulds and leave to cool for 10 minutes. Sprinkle your friend’s favourite chocolate filling into the mix. For a festive filling, sprinkle crushed nuts, cranberries, chunks of apricots and raisins into the melted chocolate and place in the fridge until solid. For a the finishing touch, sprinkle over some more nuts, before melting some white chocolate and drizzling over the solid slab in striped patterns.
And there you have it, two cheap and creative Christmas gift ideas.
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