This segment was broadcast on 19 November 2015. Some information may be out of date.

Getting through Christmas without going broke

Also, the big spender and the big saver

For big savers, Christmas is no problem. But there’s a downside. More later…

Turning to the big spenders:

  • What really makes the kids happy?
  • Ways to cut back gift giving
  • Tips on shopping wisely
  • Meaningful Christmas gifts
  • Spending lots on food and booze

Back to the big savers — a challenge for them
(Includes lots of suggestions from listeners)

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Mary Holm is a freelance journalist, a director of Financial Services Complaints Ltd (FSCL), a seminar presenter and a bestselling author on personal finance. From 2011 to 2019 she was a founding director of the Financial Markets Authority. Her opinions are personal, and do not reflect the position of any organisation in which she holds office. Mary’s advice is of a general nature, and she is not responsible for any loss that any reader may suffer from following it.