Save cash in time for Christmas with these great offers and lifestyle hacks

We’re all on the hunt for great deals this Christmas.

But saving money isn’t just about finding discounts — it’s also about the way you live your life.

After all, a more sustainable lifestyle isn’t just about protecting the planet. Cutting back on waste can also save a lot of money — which you can then spend elsewhere (like on Christmas presents!).

Speaking of gifts, there are also low-cost ways to get your hands on those.

Read on below for savvy shopping and lifestyle hacks.

’Tis the season to be sustainable

Worried about the cost of Christmas? Embrace the circular economy with YoungPlanet, an app that enables parents to put items their children no longer need to good use with new families — and away from landfill.

The free service lets parents list unwanted items — including toys, clothes, books and baby equipment — for other families to have, also free of charge. You can download the app for free via the App Store or Google Play, and simply browse for nearby stuff that other families are getting rid of.

The app will ask for your postcode when you register, and it’ll use this to see what is available near you.

Cut the cost of cleaning

As if cleaning your home wasn’t enough of a chore, industry experts warn that the supply chain crisis could cause the cost of these products to soar by as much as 300%.

Instead, why not make your own household cleaning products? According to Kate Hughes, author of Going Zero: My Family’s Journey To Zero Waste And A Greener Lifestyle, you can use things you already have.

Mix together 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda and two litres of water. Make the concoction smell great by steeping a bit of orange or lemon rind. Mix it up in a bucket and decant into a spray bottle.

Just do it

If your Nike trainers are falling apart earlier than expected, you may be able to save them (or at least get some store credit) thanks to the sportswear giant’s fairly generous returns policy.

Check if your trainers are still covered under Nike’s two-year manufacturing warranty by looking at the tag located on the inside of your shoe. In addition to your size, you’ll see two dates printed on either side.

The date on the left is the purchase order date, while on the right is the manufacturing date, which will determine your return window. Check out for more info.

Bargain books

Here’s good news for bookworms on a budget. Getting your hands on free eBooks is easier than you would think.

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks — search by author and title, and browse through a wide range of categories including novels, poetry, non-fiction and reference.

Kara Gammell is a freelance financial journalist & blogger

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