Low Cost Christmas 2015

Winchester City Council, Citizens Advice Winchester District and The Great Waste are pleased to announce the Low Cost Christmas Campaign, which encourages everyone to reduce the amount of waste and debt generated this Christmas.


The campaign, which aims to help us all save money this holiday and think carefully about how to cut out waste, provides a comprehensive set of tips and advice on how to keep costs down. Running for 6 weeks from 1 November, the advice focusses on 6 different topics: food, presents, cards, parties, keeping warm and decorations, for example:

  • Reduce - buy things that last rather than something disposable, reduce food waste by getting your party portions right.
  • Reuse – buy second-hand or repurposed items, offer a service or an experience instead of a short-lived present.
  • Recycle - use recyclable paper to wrap presents like brown paper and colourful string or colourful newspaper or magazines.

Last January it was estimated that one in eight Britons struggled to make ends meet after spending more than they could afford over Christmas. “There is so much pressure for everyone to spend over their budget at this time of year, it is very easy for people to run up really large debts. We want to help everyone spend wisely and still have a good time” said Natalie Webb Chief Executive Officer, Citizens Advice Winchester District. “We want to be here to help advice people to avoid Christmas debt and help them in the New Year to manage any large expenses”.


Households generate a whopping 25% more waste at Christmas. According to estimates by recycling advisors WRAP, discarded Christmas wrapping paper in the UK alone could stretch to the moon. Along with one billion cards and enough tin foil to cover Suffolk that adds up to a whole lot of rubbish generated over the festive period.


“We are encouraging everyone to think carefully about what they are buying in terms of value for money and how they can limit the amount of waste they generate. It is not just the cost to your pocket but the cost on our natural resources and the environment” said Cllr Frank Pearson, Portfolio Holder for the Environment for Winchester City Council. “Buying things that will last and limiting the amount of packaging and waste makes a big difference”.

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