Motley Fool: Give Your Budget A Xmas Boost!

The countdown to Christmas has begun: Christmas Day is less than seven weeks away. Being a godless heathen who also dislikes rampant consumerism, I’m no fan of Christmas. Indeed, at this time of year, I transmute into Ebenezer Scrooge from “A Christmas Carol”: “Christmas… a humbug, a waste of time and money. A false and commercial festival, devoutly to be ignored.”

It’s said that you can judge a society by its advertising, and from what I’ve seen on television recently, we’re a greedy bunch, because Christmas presents are grander and more expensive than ever before! Furthermore, thanks to higher mortgage rates, Council Tax and energy bills, household budgets are likely to be stretched to the limits this Noel. Hence, without further ado, here are ten ways to trim your expenses before Yuletide gets into full swing:…

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