How to save money at Christmas—budget tips from our experts

It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many of us Christmas is also the most expensive. According to the Bank of England, the average UK household typically spends just over £2,500 a month. In December that figure shoots up to £3,240—an increase of 29% or £740 extra. 

Events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which are now spread over a week or two rather than one day, mean our festive spending often starts with gusto in November. However, according to eBay Ads UK, as many as a quarter of us started thinking about our Christmas shopping this year in August!