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How we helped people buy less Xmas tat

[14 Jan 2014] Not sure why it’s being painted as some kind of national tragedy that high-street Christmas sales were down by 3%. Could it be that the population have finally decided to stop buying so much tat, and spend their money on stuff they really need?

Here at Plain Language Towers, we had a minor triumph in persuading a housing association to add some Christmas money-saving tips to a leaflet about debt avoidance. These included agreeing among friends not to buy each other presents or, if this felt too drastic, agreeing to give each other a £10 note, with the same net result. Families could easily save £100 this way.

Martyn Lewis’s excellent money programme on ITV gave similar advice, to a bigger audience. Well done, that man.

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