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Australians are tipped to spend over $52 billion across retail stores during the Christmas trading period, according to new research. Every year this number keeps going up, but people have started to realise and started to cut back on the spending for Christmas. So here we have some tips to get by Christmas without having to break the bank while still being able to get the presents you want for your friends and family.

1.Get Social with Christmas Shopping: If you follow your favourite brands and retailers on social media, you may be able to get exclusive discounts through these social channels. Their newsletters may also alert you to sales and deals. There are also discount or deal apps that you can use to find bargains that you can use as Christmas gifts.

2.Online Shopping: Look online when Christmas shopping because most of the time you can find the exact same item that you saw in store online and a lot cheaper or with a sale on it.

3.Don’t wait Until the week before: Be prepared and get in early to grab some of your gifts that will be on sale before the big Christmas rush this will also help with getting exactly what you want without it being sold out.

4.Pre-Christmas Clean Up: go through all your old stuff and look at what you don’t need and sell it online and just put that money towards Christmas shopping.

5.Track your spending: Write down or use an app and keep track of how much you are spending on food presents and other things for Christmas this will help you avoid going over your budget.

Those are our top 5 Christmas spending tips and remember to enjoy the time it is not just about presents and who gets the best one its about spending and enjoying time together with everyone and embracing the Christmas Spirit.