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6 tips to save money this Christmas

No celebration is bigger than this, the Christmas! It’s that time of the year when most of us are knocked away from the routine of penny-pinching, and become impulse buyers.  We shop freely without worrying about the budget and the financial plans for the future. All these things carry no weight during the Christmas carnival.  But, things comes to its usual terms, many of us realize that we did a blunder by shelling out so much money.  Keeping it that way, Christmas is a big stumbling for many because it is easy to spend a huge sum of money very quickly.

Here are 6 tips that will assist you to enjoy the festival without running into debts or financial crisis.

Money saving tips for Christmas

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Set a budget

Set a budget and stick to it, no matter how appealing the fresh tuna is, if it’s not in your budget, simply say “NO” to your heart.

Bake your gift

If you’re super tight on budget, then bake cakes for your friends, relatives, and someone special. Don’t think it as simple as hitting a shopping mall in your locality, but it can save a lot of hard earned cash. And, in fact, this is one of the best ways to show your love and emotions for others. Decorate your baked item with sprinkles’ and cherries; put it on a festivity tray, wrap it up with a nice plastic paper, and lastly slap a blow of your name on it.

Save on greeting cards

Nowadays, greeting cards are very popular go-to gift because of its simplicity, and its ability to convey the emotions of the sender. The setback with these is that they are pricey, not much, but considering the number of greeting cards you will probably buy making it a tide for the salaried individual (stiff budget) to overcome. Make your own personalized greeting cards for your friends and other special people in your life. Christmas isn’t about the value of the present; it is to your liking for someone.

Shopping vouchers

Hunt around the house or internet to find gifts vouchers or coupons. About 6% of gifts vouchers go unclaimed or unspent, this figure is given by gift cards & vouchers association. So, don’t drop into the category of these people, make the most of your exclusive coupon.

Alcohol

Alcohol often flows freely during the Christmas week, and cost can mounts. Therefore, it is crucial to slit through this to save yourself for getting into financial troubles. Many will arguably say that they can’t enjoy this fiesta without their lip smacking whiskey. Fortunately, there is a way out, don’t be timid to ask your relative or friend to bring contributions to the table. Visit top wine selling website to unlock the best deal.

Cook it

Cooking food for the festival night is always better than dipping into the cold storage in shopping malls to buy tined food products.  It gives more pleasure, and has fun installed for the person preparing the meal. Add to that, you can also save some dollars!

Breaking into fashion: how I’ve built up my skills

I believe my journey towards becoming a fashion apprentice started with my passion for creating things. My father is a carpenter. As a small girl, I would follow him around his workshop, transfixed by his ability to design and create something from scratch. I tried to copy him and even had my own little work bench in his workshop.

As I got older, I hated school and was much happier doing anything that allowed me to express my creativeness. I’m not sure exactly when or how I got interested in garments, but I used to spend my spare time researching different trends and costumes throughout history and then designing a variety of new creations. I found a course which taught me the basics of sewing and embroidery and was hooked.

After making the decision to pursue my childhood dream, I moved to London five years ago to embark on a degree in fashion design at the University of Westminster.

As part of my degree, I was required to find a three-month internship which would provide me with practical experience of working with designers. I knew that I wanted to experience firsthand what it would be like to work in a very demanding fashion house.

I sent applications to a variety of different London designers and sent copies of my work in addition to my CV. At the time my experience was limited – all I’d done is work in a fashion shop in north Wales during my school summer holidays and I’d gained some experience working as an intern with the design team in an outdoor activity brand.

After numerous phone calls, chasing up emails and harassing fashion agencies, I received a phone call from the high-end fashion designer company Alexander McQueen inviting me to come in for an interview.

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I visited its studio late one night taking along lots of samples of my work, some sketchbooks and a portfolio full of my ideas and illustrations. After a pleasant informal interview with two members of the design team, I was offered the position. I was extremely lucky to be offered the opportunity, as it subsequently opened lots of doors for me.

It was a new world for me. As someone who was completely inexperienced, I felt slightly out of my depth at times. Despite this, I knew if I worked hard to impress the design team I might be able to join them in Paris for Fashion Week.

So I kept my head down, acted in a professional manner and took on board every tip and nugget of information I could.

Every day my duties were varied. I mocked up wool wear, designed artworks, created patterns in jewels and dyed clothing. I also specialised in embroidery and embellishing, which certainly helped improve my hand-sewing skills.

The opportunity to travel to Paris to help with the fashion show did come up; to see all the pieces come together and hit the runway is something I’ll never forget.

On completing my degree in 2009, I displayed my final collection at London’sGraduate Fashion Week. It was here that I was lucky enough to have my work spotted by a representative from the well-known high street fashion brand, Karen Millen. After another interview, I was thrilled to be offered a place on its prestigious protégé scheme.

The protégé project is an initiative where creative businesses offer short-term paid contracts to graduates. It works with brands such as Karen Millen and aims to give graduates a broad experience to help them identify and develop their own personal style and area of focus.

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For me, it provided a fantastic skill set as well as the opportunity to learn from a variety of talented designers. I learnt how to work an array of design techniques and tools; one day I would be designing a handbag, the next mocking up jersey wear for the new collection.

At Karen Millen, I gained excellent exposure to various areas of design and, ultimately, discovered my passion for accessories design, which found me embellishing artefacts, working with 3D prototypes and experimenting with new techniques.

After my time there, I felt the best way to pursue my accessories ambition would be to return to university with a specialist MA course at the Royal College of Art.

Not wanting to rest on my laurels, I searched for temporary work to tide me over during the summer months – it was tougher than I expected. Because I have less than five years industry experience, I found many fashion agencies wouldn’t even consider my application. I turned to my former colleagues at Karen Millen and they helpfully put me in touch with the British accessories fashion designer, Lulu Guinness – where there was an embroidery designer position.

This job involved working mostly on embellishing and embroidering Lulu’s trademark and novelty pieces. To be able to work on handbags with a leading British design legend like Lulu every day was incredible.

I won’t lie: the fashion industry is very competitive and difficult to break into. It can be a stressful career path to follow and your work is constantly scrutinised. But the key is to remain positive and believe in what you’re trying to create. If you remain determined, you will create your vision and soon others will have confidence in your designs. People want exciting, innovative designs – you should never be afraid to experiment.

Despite the difficulties a fashion apprentice will encounter, it’s a truly rewarding career and I’ve had the opportunity to meet and assist the fashion greats such as McQueen, Sarah Burton and even Philip Treacy.