With the rising cost of living, a family of five and a big Christmas list, I'm always looking for clever little hacks to save money. I know I'm not alone, Christmas is such a joyful time when you have kids, but truthfully, it can also be pretty stressful for parents, and even more stressful for our bank accounts.
So, here are the ways I seriously save during the silly season.
Get savvy with loyalty programs.
If there's a retailer you regularly shop at, check out if they have some sort of loyalty offer for customers.
I get a Woolworths grocery delivery every week, sometimes twice, with three hungry little kids and I've saved plenty of money over the years by collecting Everyday Rewards points when I shop.
You've probably heard of it, but I have even better news... they now have a supercharged subscription called Everyday Extra. It's linked to your Everyday Rewards account, so you can enjoy 10 per cent off one shop a month, either in-store or online at both Woolies and Big W.
Plus you also get twice the points on every shop at Woolworths and BIG W which helps you pocket savings on your shopping more often.
I did the math, and Everyday Extra can help you save up to a $100 a month (which is $1,200 a year) on your shopping across both stores – with 3 kids this makes a HUGE difference.