TV Christmas Hampers

Should I order one of those Christmas Hamper deals I see advertised in magazines and on TV?

Are you one of those people who always seems to be short of cash at Christmas? Then maybe you would benefit from signing up with one of those companies which provide food hampers (and drink and gift hampers).  The companies involved offer a range of products on a lay-by type arrangement, where a person pays a set amount every week and receives a specific type of hamper in early December.

Pros

  • If you are on a pension or a low income and are not great at saving, this is a nice way of ensuring that you are well stocked at Christmas without having to worry about a large one off outlay.
  • The items are delivered to your door.
  • You can get meat, frozen vegetables, sweets, alcohol and even presents.
  • You know exactly what you are getting and can plan your Christmas meals around what you have.
  • It is always nice to receive a large parcel (of stuff you want) in the mail.  It is like getting a present.

Cons

  • It is actually a lot cheaper to buy all the items yourself.
  • You may get a number of items you don’t particularly want, or may not know how to prepare.
  • You are committed to buying the hamper when you sign up (Not sure on individual company refund policies – but you would be well advised to read the fine print before signing up).
  • Not for those who like personally selecting the items for Christmas

Download this fact sheet here: Lay-by Xmas Hampers

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