6 (enjoyable) ways to save up for the silly season.

It’s never too early to start saving money for the holidays” Even if they feel like a distant dream! Here are seven ways to save that you’ll actually enjoy.

Christmas is coming, sooner than you think, and with it come all sorts of expenses you’re probably now wondering how to prepare for. Let’s face it ? 2020 hasn’t been the kindest year for most of us, and with the holidays looming on the not-so-distant horizon, we could all use a little bit extra in our pockets. There many new habits you can adopt which may end up saving you thousands in the long run. Using a price comparison website, like Pricedrone Shopping and Price Comparison, to compare prices before you buy is just one small change you can make to help you save.

Saving a little bit on everything you already buy (right now!) means more money you can use for something else ? like Christmas gifts, time off work, and perhaps the fancy Christmas crackers with the *good* jokes. For Manchester Unity members, a $43 yearly membership can get you discounts on a variety of things, such as building supplies (DIY weekend, anyone?), automotive services, electronics, vehicle hire, accommodation, eGift cards, movie tickets, health products, and more. The movie ticket savings alone will pay for your membership!

Here are seven reasonably painless ways to save money now so you can celebrate later.

1. $9 movies (membership paid for!))

We love going to the movies, but when it costs over $50 to take the family, not to mention adding on popcorn, it’s a rare treat! With a Manchester Unity membership, you can get $9 movie tickets ? a maximum of 4 per year per member ? so you can see all the new releases at your local Event, Hoyts, Reading, Lighthouse, and State cinemas. Maybe you can even squeeze in a date night?

2. Discount card

Do you have unfinished projects around the house? A car that needs to be looked at? Or is your fridge on its last legs? With your Manchester Unity membership, you can access great savings from several well-known nationwide retail suppliers ? Advantage Tyres, Bunnings, Dulux Paint, OfficeMax, PlaceMakers, Repco, and more. We’ve also recently added a huge 20% discount on baby gift products at The Baby’s Room! Don’t let the costs of a broken-down car spoil your Christmas!

3. Save on tech

Whether it’s time to replace the washing machine, you need a new phone, or your children have finally reached that age where they are required to have a device for school, your membership with Manchester Unity could save you hundreds. Shop at JB HiFi and receive preferential pricing and discounts on whatever it is you may need.

4. Get cheaper health products

Paying for your family’s medicines and health products can all add up, especially during the change of seasons, when colds and flus make us miserable. Get a member-only, 10% refund on natural health products at NZ Online Pharmacy ? it offers an extensive range of natural health products as well as traditional medicines that are not found in many other pharmacies. Plus you’ll get free delivery and discounts for buying two or more of the same products. (Prescriptions can also be ordered online but unfortunately won’t include the 10% discount.)

5. Discounted eGift cards? Yes, please

Go beyond traditional gift cards with eGift Cards and save 3%. Recipients can redeem your eGift Card at their choice of participating NZ retailers ? Farmers, Michael Hill, Mitre 10, Whitcoulls, JB HiFi, and Dominos Pizza, and NZ online retailers Mighty Ape, iTunes, and MagShop. Can’t pick the perfect gift? Just select the eGift Card amount, and your recipient can choose what they want. Recipients can split your eGift Card amount over multiple retailers and purchase instore and or online. It’s gift-giving made easy!

6. Entertain yourself

Want even more discounts on dining, activities, shopping, and more? Enjoy thousands of discounts when you purchase a digital membership to the Entertainment Book (available in selected regions only) and receive $10 cash back as a member with Manchester Unity (RRP from $69). Or choose the Super Saver App, which is available nationwide for just $49 (RRP $105). Receive valuable and exclusive offers from restaurants, leisure activities, retailers, accommodation, and much more.

Let Manchester Unity help make life affordable for you and your family. Sign up as a member and not only do you gain access to these exclusive discounts, members can also book affordable holiday homes across six stunning New Zealand locations from as little as $37 a night. With so many ways to save money, you’ll certainly find value in your Manchester Unity membership ? and have some extra funds in your bank account to make Christmas even more special.

For more information on member-only discounts, holiday homes, and more, please contact Renee on reneec@manchesterunity.org.nz.

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