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Write a plan to include meals out, meals in and parties. Talk to family and friends and commit to dates. Set a budget. Start with family. Don’t forget work’s Secret Santa and teachers. Sign up for store sales alerts – it can save £100s. Get the family to join in. Put lose change into a jar to go towards Christmas dinner. A family of four could save £150. Start a separate bank account and put in a regular amount. Don’t touch it unless it is for ticking things off your festive list. Cut out the booze and raise cash for Macmillan cancer support. It could save you up to £200. Buying train tickets 12 weeks in advance can save up to 51 per cent. See ticketclever.com and trainsplit.com. Search for discounts on presents with VoucherCodes.co.uk and MyVoucherCodes.co.uk. Search discount stores or online for bargains. Or send free eCards – 100 free eCards could save you over £100. Gather family and friends to make a Christmas pudding. Today is the day to make your pud so it’s perfectly matured for the big day. Wishes are said to come true on this day, so get stirring! Don’t get caught up in the hype. Work your way through your list. If it’s not available and you don’t see something similar, walk away. Today is the perfect day to buy a real tree that will still looking sprightly by Christmas. Try to hold off until now to avoid the needles dropping before the 25th. Spray branches with water from an old cleaning bottle to keep them fresh and water it from the base too. Royal Mail says December 18 is the last posting day for Christmas. Sending 100 cards 2nd class, rather than 1st class would save you £9, enough for a few stocking fillers! Nothing gets you in the mood for Christmas like a good film. Today a high budget remake of Mary Poppins starring Emily Blunt hits cinemas. Doing your food shopping on December 23 means you won’t be fighting crowds on Christmas Eve. Shops are only closed on Christmas Day, so don’t buy too much. Stick to your list. You should by now be organised enough that there is no reason to leave the house. Put on some Christmas music, wrap the pressies and peel the spuds if you’re feeling energetic.