Piggy bank Christmas for your big buy giftsWith Christmas just around the corner, everyone is looking to save cash so they have more to spend on presents and celebrating. On top of all your monthly outgoings, Christmas shopping can leave you with limited wriggle room — something you’ll probably feel as we head into the New Year.

If you didn’t know already, Redex fuel additives are designed to help you make great savings on the cost of petrol and diesel at the pumps. By adding a shot of Redex fuel system cleaner to your car each time you top up the tank, you’ll help the fuel go further — meaning more money in your pocket this Christmas.

And that’s not the only way to save valuable cash in the countdown to Christmas. Follow these simple money-saving tips, and you can enjoy a thrifty Xmas that won’t break the bank.

Take Care of Your Car

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Christmas can be a big distraction, throwing your usual routine off-kilter and meaning you forgot to do those little chores, like taking care of the car. Neglect to perform those all-important monthly checks, however, and your car could soon run into trouble, something which could result in a nasty pre-Christmas repair bill.

Our advice? Remember to check your tyre pressure and coolant/antifreeze level during the festive season, and don’t ignore early warning signs — warning light, weird noise etc. — that could indicate a more serious underlying problem which could wind up costing you a fortune in repair costs.

 

Use Comparison Sites to Source Cheap Car Insurance

If your car insurance is up for renewal during the festive period, forking out for a pricey new premium can put a colossal squeeze on your finances, especially if you choose to auto-renew with your current provider rather than shopping around.

To avoid costly outlays on car insurance at this time of year, use different comparison sites to find the very best deal. And if you can’t afford to splurge £500 in one go, consider opting for a monthly repayment plan. Sure, you’ll pay more in the long run, but the initial payment will be a fraction of the cost of the total amount — helping you keep more money in your bank account.

 

Give Your Car the Once Over Before Taking it for an MOT Test

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If your car’s MOT expiry date lands in November or December, you definitely won’t want to shell out loads to get it through the test. By giving it a DIY check ahead of the MOT test, your car stands a much greater chance of passing — helping you save time and money in one fell swoop. To perform a quick pre-MOT check on your car, we’d recommend this guide from SMMT.

Not only that, but some test centres offer cheaper MOT testing at certain times of year, so it pays to do your research and shop around before booking your car in at any old place. The RAC has a brilliant garage comparison tool where you can compare MOT prices across hundreds of local garages, and it even lets you book an MOT or service online.

 

Don’t Park Anywhere Daft

If you head into town for the annual Christmas shop, you’ll probably find limited spaces to park. If this is the case, don’t be tempted to park anywhere you shouldn’t. During the festive period, millions of motorists park illegally while they rush to the shops for last minute bits and bobs — only to find the ominous yellow ticket waiting for them when they return to their car.

To find a free space in a hurry, download the Street Line parking app for your smartphone or tablet. Based on your current location, the app will display nearby parking spots, including on-street parking spaces other shoppers might not know about.

If you do get a parking fine this Christmas, remember that you can appeal it if you think you’ve got reasonable grounds to do so. According to MoneySavingExpert.com, 50% of all those who fight unfair parking tickets win their case — so you can keep hold of that seventy or so quid and spend it on something nice.

 

Find the Best Deals on Fuel this Festive Season

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Visiting friends and family is what makes Christmas so special. Sadly, all those trips can leave you with a huge fuel bill — especially if you have to drive the length of Britain to celebrate Christmas with your relatives.

So, with this in mind, it’s a good idea to find somewhere you can top up the car on the cheap. PetrolPrices.com is an excellent tool for finding affordable fuel in your area. All you have to do is enter your postcode, and the site will show current petrol and diesel prices at nearby fuel stations — so you could make a great saving on your festive fuel bill.

If you’re committed to cutting the cost of Christmas, invest in a bottle of Redex fuel additive and start saving money on the cost of fuel today. Our fuel additives are designed to make your engine work more efficiently, helping to cut your bill at the pumps.

 

For more information, visit the Redex website.

 

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