Christmas on a budget


What better way to get in the mood than cosy up with a Christmas drink, in your Christmas jumper, and a good book to scribble down those Christmas gift ideas, food recipes and goals for the new year.

It’s the most expensive month of the year, and as much as we love the festive period. We know for many it can be more stressful than fun, so we’ve decided to put some ideas together to help us do Christmas on a budget.

  • 1.Mulled Apple Juice

    Although mulled wine is well-known Christmas drink, we love having friends over for snacks and often do a big pot of mulled apple juice (3 litres) for a less than £3.50.

  • All you need is:

    3 cartons of Apple Juice

    1 sash of Schwartz Mulled Wine Spice (6pk)

    You can pick these items up at any local supermarket. Just pour the apple juice into a deep pan on a low heat, and add your spice, before simmering for 10-15 minutes to allow the flavours to come through.

    2.Make your own Christmas cards

    Why not think about getting some plain cards and getting creative with some Christmas stamps? You don’t have to be an artist to create a handmade design, and it makes for a fun evening in front of X Factor or your choice of Christmas movie. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but you can personalise each card to each individual, or perhaps use a gold pen to make it more festive and add that personal touch with a message to each individual on your list.

    3.Christmas drink dinner dates

    We are renown for our Christmas parties, and dinner dates with all kinds of friends and family at this time of year, and we can really rack up a hefty bill by the end of the month. Why not arrange (where appropriate) a Christmas coffee date. Almost every coffee shop or cafe offers some sort of Christmas drink, and if you are like us we love our red cups and festive syrups as a little festive treat whilst catching up with work colleagues and friends.


    4.Cosy nights in

    This is a perfect option on those frosty winter nights. Why not invite friends over, or cosy up with your partner in front of the fire and have a friends/date night in. Even with a takeaway and movie for £20 if you split the bill, you’re bound to have change left over.

    5.Bake nights

    Stick on the Christmas tunes and get your bake on. Why not try this tasty zesty lemon and coconut slice. Most of us have some of the ingredients in the cupboard so check your biscuit tin, icing sugar and lemon juice, and raid the fridge for butter to make it, even more, cost effective.

    All you need is:
    250g of digestive biscuits, crushed
    A 395g tin of Sweetened Condensed Milk
    1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
    50g Butter
    Baking tray (a deep one if possible)
    280g icing sugar
    1-3 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste
    A small pot

    Now place butter and Sweetened Condensed Milk in a small pot, and stir over low heat until smooth. Stir in lemon juice, and in separate large bowl, combine biscuits and coconut. Stir in Sweetened Condensed Milk mixture, and press mixture firmly and evenly into prepared pan. Pop in the fridge to set for roughly 3 hours, and voila bobs your uncle.


    Lemon and coconut slices

    Tell us what you think, share your ideas and stories of what you decided to try. We hope you hav e bags of fun this Christmas!

    Lots of Love


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