People are being encouraged to start saving for Christmas

Citizens Advice chief officer Fiona Cope with staff and volunteers outside the former 1 in 4 People

Citizens Advice chief officer Fiona Cope with staff and volunteers outside the former 1 in 4 People building. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

With less than six months to go until Christmas, people are being encouraged to start saving.

With fewer than six months to go until Christmas, people are already being encouraged to start saving.

Citizens Advice North Somerset (CANS) is offering simple tips to avoid debt during the festive period.

CANS said it is easy to overspend and there are pressures to buy expensive gifts but these tips may help you avoid falling into debt.

*Make a list of who you are buying for, and if the list is too long, you might want to reconsider whether a gift for everyone is necessary.


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*Have a reasonable budget for each gift.

*Take into consideration any other costs you might be faced with and do not forget everyday bills that need to be paid.

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*Plan your savings - divide your spend by five to work out how much you need to save from now until Christmas.

*Keep your christmas savings separate so you will not be tempted to spend it.

For more tips, contact CANS on 03444 111444.

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