‘My £20 Christmas’: Mum Shares Savvy Secrets Including How To Bag Luxury Presents (And Star Wars Toys) For Free

It is estimated that the average British family will shell out over £1,149.00 this Christmas.

But a mum-of-three has only spent £20 – and that includes everything from presents, drinks, decorations to her family’s entire Christmas dinner.

Aimee Moore, 43, has managed to blag £2,000 worth of food, booze, and presents at rock bottom prices, thanks to her love of coupons and cashback deals.

Her haul of freebies include £142.64 worth of party snacks, Lego gifts for the her sons, a Star Wars bumper school pack, Christmas DVDs for all of the family and Soap and Glory gift sets – for nothing.

Bargain mum Aimee has saved an absolute packet (Image: Mathew Growcoot/News Dog Media)

The savvy mum from Scarborough, has spent the past year building up her festive haul – using special offers and amassing thousands of pounds worth of free cashback to give her family the ultimate Christmas.

The self-described Coupon Queen, has three sons, Isaac, 9, Dexter, 7 and Bertie, 2 and half years.

She said: “Christmas used to be a very stressful time of the year for me.

“In the run-up to the big day, I would be worrying about how I could afford everything. And by Boxing Day, I would be fretting about my card bills.

“But now with couponing and cashback apps, everything from the must-have Christmas toy to the turkey on the table costs me next to nothing.

“So now when I see my kids’ faces light up as they open their presents or as they enjoy their lovely festive meal, I feel proud.

“I know I’ve worked hard for that all year and I made it happen. And most of all, I’ve got nearly everything for free!”

Aimee makes the huge savings on her festive bill by finding special offers throughout the year, using coupons to get free products to save for Christmas Day and amassing cashback on apps which she uses to buy everything from gifts to food with for the whole family.

Through that, Aimee has been able to get a staggering £1,960.57 worth of Christmas items for just twenty quid.

‘I plan for Christmas in January’

She’s done incredibly well for herself (Image: Mathew Growcoot/News Dog Media)
“I start planning for the festive period in January. If you make the time to do so, you can buy things like luxury Christmas crackers and wrapping paper for virtually pennies.

“As well as looking for offers and checking prices throughout the year, I also use coupons which offer products like wine and even champagne for free. And I’ll save these under the stairs or in the attic ready for December.

“But perhaps my biggest trick is cashback apps which give you money back whilst you shop.

“I use a variety of different apps on my phone – some like Shopmium and Greenjinn which offer cashback in money and others like Topcashback, MobileXpression and Quidco that provide it in the form of Amazon or Tescos vouchers.

“Whilst I use the money from cashback apps on various household things during the year, I save up my cashback vouchers so I can spend them on my Christmas shopping.

“They cover everything I need, from high quality presents to delicious food for the family! It’s amazing and really so simple once you get the hang of it.”

Aimee started couponing in 2013 and has become an online celebrity thanks to her ingenious money-saving tips – with her Facebook page ‘Extreme Couponing and Cash Back UK’ clocking up over 55,000 followers in under two years.

She was able to quit her job as a warehouse supervisor to become a full time mum to her sons through couponing, said: “Three and a half years ago, we were skint and struggling as a family.

“But through couponing and cashback, I’ve been able to save thousands on our bills per year and eventually I was able to become a stay-at-home mum to my kids.

“I was getting lots of messages from friends asking me how I was saving money so it seemed easier to just put all my money-saving tips in one place.

“I was shocked and pleasantly surprised when I started racking up thousands of followers on my Facebook page every month with my couponing advice!

“One woman even came up to me in Asda and said ‘Hey, you’re the cashback queen!”

“Couponing and cashback is definitely my passion and I love helping others get a bargain too.

“It really is so easy to save money as long as you follow a few simple tricks and it’s also very rewarding.

“And next year when Christmas comes round, you can give yourself a big pat on the pack when you realise how you’ve saved a fortune too!”

Top tips for saving for Christmas – starting in January

Aimee is proof that a little planning can go a very long way (Image: Mathew Growcoot/News Dog Media)
  • Start thinking about Christmas in January. You can buy items like wrapping paper and cards for pennies as well as find super-discounted toys for kids’ stocking fillers in the clearance sales. The more you plan, the more you will save!
  • Check what products are being offered for free on coupons on the sites I’ve listed. And stock up on any free booze and party snacks that will keep for the festive period. Remember to store them in a safe place ready for December so you don’t end up drinking that free bottle of wine on a random Saturday night!
  • Use cashback apps. You can run several apps on your phone at the same time and remember, every little cashback amount counts. Everything adds up in the course of the year and 50p today can be £100 come December.
  • Only buy what you need and keep an eye on offers throughout the year so you can get that must-have present at the best price.