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Make a list of any nig­gly jobs that need fix­ing around the house and get them done now. This will save hav­ing to pay for an emer­gency call-out for a plumber to fix a leaky tap that sud­denly gets worse a few days be­fore Christ­mas.

Check if your home pol­icy in­cludes home emer­gency cover. You hope you won’t need it, but it can cover the cost of un­block­ing the loo or fix­ing the cen­tral heat­ing.

Get your boiler ser­viced, and check the cen­tral heat­ing is work­ing well in ad­vance. Last thing you want is guests hav­ing to sit at the ta­ble with blan­kets round them over Christ­mas din­ner!

Start a se­cret gift cup­board so you can squir­rel away presents with­out them be­ing found. It may re­quire a bit of a de­clut­ter to clear some space – but you can al­ways sell off any un­wanted items on eBay and make some ex­tra cash for Christ­mas.

Pop any non-per­ish­able Christ­mas food in a spe­cial cup­board so you won’t be tempted to eat it be­fore the big day. Make sure ev­ery­one else in the house knows to avoid it too!

Get into the fes­tive spirit by putting up dec­o­ra­tions early. It’s a chance to test the lights and if they’re play­ing up, head for Wilko which has a great se­lec­tion that won’t break the bank. I got two sets of flash­ing lights for my tree there last year for un­der a fiver!

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