Save your cash before Christmas by making your kid’s costume for their nativity — plus win £50,000 in our raffle

WITH nativity plays on the horizon, you might worry kids’ costumes cost myrrh than you can afford.

Ready-made fancy dress outfits will set you back at least a tenner and if you have more than one child, it soon adds up.

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Save your cash before Christmas by making your kid’s costume for their nativity[/caption]

So I put my elf’s hat on to come up with DIY costumes for less.

That’ll save you enough dosh for a well-deserved drink afterwards . . .

MARY AND JOSEPH: For Joseph, pick up Dunelm’s two-pack of brown pillowcases, £5.99. If you have got a little Mary, Matalan has £5 blue cases. Turn one into a tunic by cutting holes through the sides and top. Need it longer? Sew or safety pin the second to the hem and hide the stitches with a belt.  For the headpiece, fold an an old white pillowcase and secure with an elastic headband, £1 at Sainsbury’s.

ANGEL: A white dress can make up the main part of this outfit. If not, fold Ikea’s £2.50 sheet in half and cut a line in the fold for your child’s head. For wings, paint an old cardboard box with Wilko’s white acrylic paint, £1, and decorate with B&M’s £1 silver tinsel. Fix around the chest with Hobbycraft’s £1.10 white elastic.  Wrap more tinsel around Hobbycraft’s £1 pipe cleaner to create a halo, before gluing to Superdrug’s £1.39 Alice band.

SHEPHERD: Fashion a tunic out of Argos’s £2.50 cream pillowcases. Then, wrap Dunelm’s £1.50 striped tea towel over your child’s head and fix with the Sainsbury’s headband I mentioned earlier. For the shepherd’s cane, Sellotape Wilko’s £1 brown wrapping paper around an umbrella.

STAR: First off, get H&M’s black leggings, £2.99, and black T-shirt, £2.99. Create a sandwich-board effect by cutting an old cardboard box into two stars and covering with Wilko’s gold foil wrap, £2. Tie the pieces together with Hobbycraft’s £1 gold satin ribbon.

KING: Get your kid to wear their brightest trousers and T-shirt, then add a dressing gown. If you need one, eBay has them for £5.95.  Craft a crown out of an old cereal box, spraying with Wilko’s gold paint, £1.50, and bejewelling with Hobbycraft’s £1 gems.

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Deal of the day

Smyths has knocked £5 off the price of this L.O.L Surprise! Bubbly Surprise Assortment

THIS L.O.L Surprise! Bubbly Surprise Assortment is just £19.99, down from £24.99 at Smyths. Kids will love it.

SAVE: £5

Cheap treat

Grab a six-pack of Appletiser cans for just £2.50 at Waitrose

YOU might have the grown-ups’ drinks sorted but what about the kids? A six-pack of Appletiser cans at Waitrose is £2.50, down from £3.32.

SAVE: 82p

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Top swap

Amazon’s modern lamp is £31.99…
But Aldi has a very similar version for just £14.99 – saving you £17

MAKE light work of styling up your living space with a modern lamp. Aldi has a great option for just £14.99. It’s far cheaper than a similar one from Amazon for £31.99.

SAVE: £17

Shop and save

Asda’s 1.5-litre jug blender is only £10 right now – perfect for making cocktails

WHIP up some Christmas cocktails then get set for that New Year detox with this 1.5-litre jug blender. It’s just £10 at Asda, down from £15.

SAVE: £5

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Aldi named cheapest supermarket for Christmas dinner as price of festive feast drops 8% 

ALDI has been crowned the cheapest supermarket for Christmas dinner in 2019 with your festive feast setting you back just £3.10 a head.

That’s according to the latest annual findings from Good Housekeeping, which says you can feed a family of eight for just £24.78 at Aldi this winter.

Aldi has been crowned as the cheapest supermarket for your Christmas dinner this year (prices based on eight portions)

The discounter also has the lowest price for Christmas staples’ turkey, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, Christmas cake, and mince pies – see the box below for the full details.

Following closely behind was Iceland at £3.15 a person, Lidl at £3.27, and Tesco at £3.82.

Next up was Asda costing £3.84 a person, Morrisons at £4.19, and Sainsbury’s at £4.39.

Down at the bottom of the table was Co-op, with your Christmas meal setting you back £4.41 per person, and M&S costing you £4.79 – that’s £1.69 more per head than Aldi and £13.57 more for eight people.

Where can I buy my Christmas shopping for less?

HERE are the cheapest supermarkets for your Christmas dinner, according to Good Housekeeping:

  • Turkey: Aldi, £9.49
  • Potatoes: Iceland, 69p
  • Carrots: M&S, 40p
  • Parsnips: M&S, 80p
  • Brussels sprouts: M&S, 80p
  • Stuffing mix: Aldi and Lidl, 32p
  • Cranberry sauce: Aldi, 49p
  • Christmas pudding: Iceland, £3
  • Christmas cake: Aldi and Lidl, £4.29
  • Brandy butter: Iceland, £1.39
  • Mince pies: Aldi, £1.18

Total: £22.85 (based on eight people)

But the good news is that the price of Christmas dinner has fallen this year by 8 per cent on average from £24.90 in 2018 to £22.85 now.

That’s based on buying each item at the supermarket that sells it for the least amount.

Good Housekeeping says apart from carrots, where the cheapest increased by 5p, and Christmas cake, which has stayed the same price, all of the Christmas staples it compared have dropped in price this year.

This means you could snap up a Christmas dinner for just £2.86 a head if you shop around – see the box above for the full information.

Caroline Bloor, consumer affairs director at Good Housekeeping said: “Consumer loyalty is no longer set in stone when it comes to shopping at one supermarket.

“In a time of economic challenges, consumers want to get as much bang for their buck as possible, and the supermarkets know this, which is why keeping prices as low as possible to ensure maximum footfall is a key priority for them.”

The Sun has contacted M&S.

Aldi was also crowned as selling the cheapest turkey in The Sun’s annual price comparison.

But experts have warned that frozen turkeys have jumped 11 per cent in price due to a shortage.

We’ve also rounded-up the best vegan Christmas dinner alternatives.

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Biker pets were one of 2019’s biggest trends with 25,209 dogs riding pillion

IF you see a pooch riding pillion with their owner on the roads, don’t be surprised because biker pets are one of 2019’s biggest emerging trends.

A record 25,209 dogs — plus a handful of cats — are riding around the UK, a survey reveals.

Dee Woodwill and her Miniature Dachshund Moomin, who loves riding around

Biker pets, who look ridiculously cute while doing it, ride an average 17.5 miles per week.

And there are a variety of options for animals to have a smooth ride around town.

Some 21 per cent of pets like to sit in a sidecar, 16 per cent use a tank bag or satchel, 12 per cent use the back box of the bike and ten per cent like to sit in a seat, according to the research by Carole Nash motorcycle insurance brokers.

One pup in particular who loves to travel around with her owner on a trike is Moomin, a five-year-old Miniature Dachshund.

The pooch has travelled all over the north of England with her owners Jools and Dee Woodwill from Rawcliffe Bridge, East Yorkshire.

“She goes nuts when visitors arrive on bikes”

Moomin didn’t like being left alone and the obvious answer was to find a way to take her with them — and riding around on their bike was the perfect solution.

The opportunity to travel on two wheels has benefited Dee, 43, who is severely disabled, to deal with her anxiety.

Moomin acts as support dog whilst the trio are out and she also gets the chance to meet other biker pooches at biker events.

Jools, 51, says: “As many people with severe disabilities find, Dee always feels she is being scrutinised and watched by people and Moomin really takes the focus off Dee and also gives her a wonderful sense of comfort.”

The success of their first trip to Squires Cafe Bar in Newthorpe, Leeds, 20 miles away from home has meant that the trio have never looked back.

Jools says: “Moomin absolutely loves being out on the bike. She gets excited as soon as she sees her denim jacket (this is only used on the bike) and goes nuts when we have visitors arrive on their bikes as she knows it might mean a ride out.

“She also loves all the attention she gets everywhere we go.”

Jools, who is an experienced rider and ridden all types of bikes all over Europe, is extremely cautious that his pooch is safe.

He says: “Getting injured is a concern for any biker, so obviously it was, and is a worry about Moomin.

“However, until recently she has always been on Dee’s trike, which is a very stable platform.

“We made sure we had a high quality dog carrier so she’s secure, we don’t tear around the roads.”

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Star of the week

BUSTER the Jack Russell/Pug swallowed a teddy bear’s head but lived to tell the tale.

The four-year-old family pet loves to get his paws on stuff he’s not supposed to – socks, baby wipes and even tablets.
Lauren Street, 30, from Birmingham, realised Buster wasn’t his usual hyper-self.

While X-rays were unclear, vets decided to operate and found a teddy’s head in his intestines – and if it was left any longer it could have been fatal.

Despite his ordeal, Lauren says: “I don’t think he will stop eating things. After his op he went outside and tried to eat something.

“He’s a brave boy and was so good recovering we felt he deserved to be star of the week.”

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He is head vet at tails.com which provides tailor-made nutritional food for pets.

AMANDA WRIGHT, 30, of Newcastle upon Tyne, fears her dwarf hamster Minnie is lonely.

Q) MINNIE has all the toys in the world and we constantly take her out of her cage to play with her. I often think another hamster would help or are they best off alone?

A) IT depends on the type of hamster. Golden or Syrian hamsters are solitary and need to be kept alone when mature. You see them sold in groups as youngsters but once they grow up, they will fight viciously.

But dwarf hamsters can be social and do well in same-sex pairs or trios – IF raised together from a young age. It can be very difficult to introduce adults and expect them to get along.

You could get another dwarf hamster of the same sex and slowly introduce them on neutral territory, supervising carefully for any sign of aggression. But you may end up with two hamsters in two cages if they don’t get along.

SAM GILBERT, 23 from Malton, North Yorks, has concerns about his Shubunkin fish, Fish Finger.

Q) I’VE had my fish for more than a year. He lives with ten other fish in a tank. Some white spots on his skin have got quite prominent. I read it could be poor water quality but I change the water regularly.

A) “White spot” is a disease caused by a tiny parasite and usually comes in with new fish or when fish are stressed or overcrowded. You don’t mention if the 11 fish in your tank are all goldfish or shubunkins but if so, you would need a massive tank.

Goldfish are messy, grow large and produce a lot of waste for even big filtration systems to manage.

In reality, they are far better in a large pond than all but the biggest indoor tanks.

Take a sample of water to your local shop for testing, as water quality is the main factor with disease. But white spots on fish aren’t always due to disease. If Fish Finger has spots only by his gills and head, it may mean he is a boy coming into breeding condition.

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Black Friday vs Cyber Monday – what’s the difference and which day is best for deals?

BLACK Friday and Cyber Monday have become two of the biggest shopping days in the UK – but what’s the difference between them?

Both days promise consumers the chance to bag a bargain as retailers across the UK slash their prices, here’s what the savvy shopper needs to know

Traditionally the day after Thanksgiving, this year Black Friday falls on Friday November 25, 2016
Traditionally the day after Thanksgiving, this year Black Friday falls on Friday, November 29
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What’s the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Black Friday is the day after the Thanksgiving.  In 2019 that’s November 29 – TODAY.

Each year, big retailers like Amazon, Argos and Morrisons use Black Friday to give massive price reductions to shoppers just before Christmas kicks in.

The discounts keep on going until Cyber Monday, which is always the first Monday after Black Friday, so this year it will fall on December 2.

Apart from these days, there are a couple of other differences between the two, one is that Cyber Monday deals only apply to online shops while Black Friday is in store as well.

Also, Cyber Monday is a strictly 24-hour shopping window but in recent years Black Friday has tended to be a five-day long affair.

Which day is best for bargains?

Black Friday:
– Technology saw almost 85% more data storage deals then Cyber Monday
– Apple products are only reduced on the day
– More deals on small appliances, cutlery, and kitchenware
Cyber Monday:
– Clothing saw 45% more deals than Black Friday
– There were 50% more deals on shoes
– More deals on beauty products

Which day is best for discounts?

It’s difficult to say categorically which day is better for discounts because the answer depends on what you’re looking to buy.

If you’re hoping to bag a bargain in technology, small appliances, cutlery, kitchenware or Apple products then Black Friday is best for you.

There’s always plenty of deals on tech.

But, if you’re looking for clothing, toys, shoes or beauty, you should consider shopping on Cyber Monday as previous years have had better price reductions on the day.

Top Black Friday deals


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Latest Black Friday deals including Amazon, Boots and Very

AMAZON, Boots, Very and Virgin Experience Day shoppers can snap up a host of Black Friday deals tomorrow as the retailers discount more items.

Launching today, Amazon has a whole range of items discounted from Christmas tree decorations to Yankee candles, while Very has a great deal on a Chromebook.

Amazon, Very and other retailers have launched a round of new Black Friday deals today

Boots and and Virgin Experience Days also have some strong offers.

We round-up some of our top picks below, of course, just because an item is on sale doesn’t mean it’s a good deal – always do a price comparison first to check you’re actually snapping up a bargain.

PriceSpy logs the history of how much something costs from over 3,000 different retailers, while Idealo lets you compare prices between retailers, and CamelCamelCamel reveals previous Amazon prices.

Amazon – Disney Traditions Pooh Ornament

  • Was: £13.74. Now: £9.99 – save £3.75 (27 per cent) – buy now
This Winnie the Pooh ornament could look nice on your tree
Amazon

This Winnie the Pooh ornament could be the perfect addition to your Christmas tree bauble collection this year.

We couldn’t find it being sold anywhere else.

But bear in mind that it has been sold at Amazon for less in the past, when it cost £9.57 in April. Delivery will also set you back £4.49 – it’s free if you have Prime or your order is more than £20.

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Looking to snap up a Black Friday bargain? Here's where you can find the best deals.

Amazon – Edinburgh Gin Orange Blossom and Mandarin Liqueur, 50 cl

  • Was: £16.95. Now: £11.99 – save £4.96 (29 per cent) – buy now
We couldn’t find this gin liqueur cheaper elsewhere
Amazon

This 20 per cent ABV liqueur mixes perfectly with tonic water or soda water, garnished with an orange twist and served over ice.

The next cheapest price we could find online was £18 at John Lewis with £2 click and collect delivery.

And it’s the lowest price it’s ever been sold for on Amazon, just bear in mind £4.49 delivery costs unless you have Prime or spend more than £20.

Amazon – Morphy Richards 333202 Speed Steam Generator Iron Ceramic Soleplate, Lightweight & Fast, Purple

  • Was: £189.99. Now: £99.99 – save £90.50 (48 per cent) – buy now
You can iron multiple layers with this iron
Amazon

This iron is so powerful you can iron multiple layers and stubborn creases at once – and it comes with free delivery.

The only time the price has gone lower on Amazon is back in June when it cost £95.28.

We couldn’t find this exact model elsewhere online but you can pick up the 333301 power steam model at AO.com for £79 with free click and collect delivery.

Amazon – Smiths Bacon and Scampi Fries Savoury Snacks Selection Box (36 Single Bags)

  • Was: £12.99. Now: £10.19 – save £2.80 (22 per cent) – buy now
These crisps could make a tasty snack
Amazon

This is a strong deal as the cheapest Amazon has sold these for in the pact is £11.99 back in September 2018 – and we couldn’t find them at any other major online retailers.

But before you tuck into these savoury snacks, just bear in mind that delivery is £4.49 on top.

Amazon – Yankee Candle Votive Value Bundle with 15 Votive Scented Candles, Mixed Popular Fragrances

  • Was: £29.85. Now: £17.99 – save £11.86 (40 per cent) – buy now
Yankee Candles are a great Christmas present
Amazon

This set of 15 candles includes the Black Coconut, Clean Cotton, and Vanilla Cupcake fragrances, and comes with free delivery.

We couldn’t find any other major retailers selling packs of 15 votive-style Yankee Candles, but Groupon does have an offer for 15 votive Yankee candles for £10, plus £1.99 delivery.

That said, the cheapest Amazon has sold these for in the past is £14.29 back in June.

Boots – Oral-B Genius 9000 Orchid Purple Electric Toothbrush Powered By Braun

  • RRP: £300. Now: £78.99 – save £221.01 (74 per cent) – buy now
Clean up with this bargain toothbrush
Boots

Clean up on Black Friday with this stonkingly good deal from Boots, which it hasn’t offered for less in the past. Delivery on this item is free.

We could only find one other retailer selling the toothbrush for this price and that was Argos with free click and collect delivery.

Very – Chromebook 314 Intel Celeron N

  • Was: £249.99. Now: £169.99 – save: – buy now
This Chromebook is a steal
Very

This Acer Chromebook 314 has a 14-inch HD display, a 12.5-hour battery life, and built-in malware protection.

Amazon has also dropped the price of its Chromebook to £169.99 today with free delivery.

The cheapest price we could find it elsewhere was for £249 on AO.com. Both AO.com and Very offer free click and collect delivery on this item.

Virgin Experience Days – Winery and Brewery Tour for Two with Tastings

  • Was: £30. Now: £9 – save £21 (70 per cent) – buy now 
We couldn’t find this wine tour for any less elsewhere
Virgin Experience Days

Discover how wine, ale and liqueurs are made with this winery and brewery tour for two at Chiltern Valley in Oxfordshire.

We found the same tour being sold for £15 at Groupon and for £20 at Buyagift.

See our Virgin Experience Days round-up for all of its Black Friday Deals 2019.

Which retailers have already launched their Black Friday sales?

BLACK Friday is one week away but these shops have already started knocking down prices.

For more Black Friday deals, check out our round-up of the best early Black Friday deals from Amazon, Curry’s and eBay.

Even Sky’s got in on the action with a Black Friday deal that includes up to 50 per cent off for new and existing customers.

But be warned that just one in 20 Black Friday “deals” are the cheapest on the day, Which? claims.

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