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Yes, it's here again. The time of year where we deem it socially acceptable to spice our wine, eat our body weight in cheese and spend hours on the sofa in front of the TV.

For students, it's the time of year where you're faced with spending far more money than you actually have. But fear not! Seb the Sausage is here to guide you through the festive period.

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Goodbye work. Hello Christmas!

What's Occurring?

Term has officially finished. It's your last uni night out of the year. Time for a big one.

But what do you wear to mark the occasion?

Seb says...

If there was ever a chance to look ridiculous, it's Christmas. So crack out the fancy dress.

Seb's top tip

Spend less on your outfit by checking out clothing discounts at MyVoucherCodes.

Did you know?

Christmas Jumper Day was introduced in 2012 by Save the Children and has been going every year since. Goes to show how much we love dressing up in silly clothes! [1]

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Getting home for Christmas

What's Occurring?

It's time to head home for the holidays. But how do you dodge the expensive prices? You're not made of money!

Seb says...

Now's not the time to leave things to the last minute. For cheaper fares, try to book in advance and don't forget your railcard. Or alternatively, try to claim it as a cheeky gift from the rents?!

Seb's top tip

Check MyVoucherCodes for discounts on travel fares.

Did you know?

You can save an average of £192 every year with a railcard.[2]

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Commence the Christmas catch-ups

What's Occurring?

“We should do something over Christmas!” - It's an all too familiar phrase. But how do you see everyone you need to see without breaking the bank?

Seb says...

Kill two (or eight) birds with one stone. Do things as a group and see everyone at once.

Seb's top tip

Check out what MyVoucherCodes has to offer when it comes to eating out and plan around the discount. We're sure your friends will thank you for it.

Did you know?

Last year, Brits spent £4.9 billion on Christmas nights out. They also exchanged over 154 million cheesy cracker jokes.[3]

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Food, glorious food.

What's Occurring?

Oh, not again. Every year. Your parents have asked for your help with the big festive food shop. How do you make the experience more bearable?

Seb says...

Supermarkets are all a bit much around this time of year. Avoid them by showing your parents how to online food shop like a pro. Don't be afraid to split the shopping across different supermarkets.

They save money. You avoid the crowds. Everyone's a winner.

Seb's top tip

Stuff your face for less by checking MyVoucherCodes for food and drink offers.

Did you know?

On Friday 22nd December 2017, the UK recorded its highest ever food shopping spend.[4]

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‘Tis the season for giving

What's Occurring?

You're on a tight budget. Luckily, your family get that. But like the generous person you are, you feel like they deserve more. How do you get into the festive spirit without rinsing your bank account?

Seb says...

Swap the expensive pressies for something handmade. After all, there's nothing more special than a gift made with love.

Seb's top tip

Give the gift of your time. Does Grandad really need another pair of socks? Take him for a pint instead.

Did you know?

£700 million is spent on unwanted Christmas gifts every year in the UK.[5]

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1 week to go

What's Occurring?

It happens every year. You're making your way through the pile of people to buy for, but you're not finished yet. Have you left it too late?

Seb says...

Don't panic. You can find a list of last order dates here, just bear in mind that the later you leave it, the more you'll have to spend to get things delivered on time!

Seb's top tip

Sending gifts on in the post? Be sure to plan around the Post Office's last posting dates:

Thursday 20th
1st Class

Friday 21st
Royal Mail Tracked

Saturday 22nd
Royal Mail Special Guaranteed Delivery

Did you know?

The Click & Collect market value is estimated to rise to £9.6 billion by 2022 [6]

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Santa's been! Now get out of my face.

What's Occurring?

The big day is here. It all started nicely, but the drinks have been flowing and now Grandad and Auntie Jean are in a heated exchange about Brexit. How do you change topic and diffuse the situation?

Seb says...

Get minds focused on something else with a homemade game. Why not make your own Family Top Trumps? Or Cards Against Humanity?

Seb's top tip

Keep the family entertained with these cheap and easy party games.

Did you know?

68% of the population expect a row to break out over Christmas.[7]

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Danger zone

What's Occurring?

Christmas is over and you're now in that weird in-between phase. You love your family, but if you're being honest with yourself, you need a bit of ‘me time'.

Seb says...

Lose yourself in a good book. No one interrupts someone in the middle of a good book.

Seb's top tip

If you've got yourself a Kindle, check out their free books. There's tonnes available to download.

Did you know?

On average, 1.2 million Kindles are given as Christmas gifts every year.[8]

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Goodbye 2018

What's Occurring?

The new year is coming and you've been invited to a big night out to celebrate, but NYE is always so pricey. How are you going to afford it?

Seb says...

Why go out in a crowded bar when you can stay in with your closest mates? Throw a party and keep it BYOB.

Seb's top tip

Be sure to line your stomach. Check MyVoucherCodes' deals at Iceland, Sainsbury's, Tesco and M&S.

Did you know?

Almost half of the UK avoided going out last NYE. We say that's pretty good proof that it's ok to stay in and save money![9]

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Seb the Sausage

Well, that's it for another year. As you can see, Christmas doesn't have to cost the earth. Saying that, neither does any other time of the year.

Visit MyVoucherCodes for offers and discounts, all year.