How we plan to have great Christmas


While mounting costs induce steadily mounting panic in the lead-up to Christmas for many, Hollie Gregersen, 32, sailed through the festive season without spending any of their family’s wages last year.

Ms Gregersen, from Hull, has an innovative approach to paying for Christmas. Instead of shelling out her family’s hard-earned cash, she uses cashback sites throughout the year and earns vouchers through mobile apps.

Ms Gregerson, who has two sons, gave birth to her youngest in January. When her husband Richard was on paternity leave, they dined out every day for a week thanks to her mystery shopping. “It made our life so much easier that we didn’t have to cook and wash-up” she tells i. The better quality reports she writes, the better quality of dining they get to enjoy.

My husband and I are big users of cashback sites throughout the year, but I don’t withdraw from them unless it is going to be for Christmas or for a holiday. I use TopCashback and Quidco on any purchase I make online. I always try and get some cashback from our utilities and insurance as well. It becomes a nice savings pot that is out of the way.

“I saved about £2,000 by doing all of these things and used some of those earnings to buy presents.”