Britain's biggest family share their savvy festive shopping tips – and it makes sense 9 months ago

Britain's biggest family share their savvy festive shopping tips – and it makes sense

Just imagine all the wrapping paper!

If you thought Christmas was busy – and expensive – in your house, spare a thought for Noel and Sue Radford, who have 22 children to shop – and wrap – presents for.

I think it's fair to say Christmas is on a whole other level in the Radford house.

However, when it comes to how they get it all done, and how they can afford it all, the family say they have some pretty savvy tricks up their sleeves – and it's all about being smart with your money. Noel and Sue have previously been open about not claiming any state benefits to raise their large family, but instead, just live off the money from their bakery business.

As well as this, the money-savvy couple doesn't 'believe in' credit cards, but will save upfront for what they need to buy – and not borrow to do so.

"We save for it over the year, putting money away in an account. I do supermarket savings stamps for the food shop too," the mum-of-22 told the Sun newspaper.

However, when there are 22 kids in the household, it is needless to say the cost of Christmas presents can quickly rack up.


The Radfords admit they set a budget for the kids based on their ages, and tend to spend between £100 and £250 on presents for each of their kids at Christmas - which works out at a total of over £5k.



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The busy mum has previously told the Star newspaper how she loves getting the best buys online in order to keep costs down.

"We always shop around for the best deals online, it’s worth making sure you get the best deals on your utilities and take advantage of voucher deals where you can."

And, as everyone who has young children at Christmas will know, you can never have enough batteries.

"I buy batteries in bulk too, packets at a time," Sue explains, which helps keep Christmas day running smoothly.

"The absolute worst bit of Christmas Day is putting the batteries in toys and actually getting to them through all the packaging and those twiddly little fixings that you have to unscrew."

Speaking to MailOnline last year, Sue explains she is a "demon wrapper", and can wrap a whopping 20 presents in just 15 minutes, going through 60 to 70 rolls of wrapping paper every festive season.

Not leaving everything until the last minute though, the 45-year-old said:  "I buy presents through the year, and wrap them as they come in. One of our biggest headaches at Christmas is where to hide all the gifts. We have them everywhere — even in the boiler cupboard. The trick is remembering where."


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