The economic slump may not be conducive to a frivolous party season, but that shouldn't entirely stop us from enjoying the finer side of life during the festive period.
For example, Waitrose currently has a half-price offer on Duval-Leroy Premier Cru champagne and Scottish mild oak smoked salmon. That works out at about £15, a bargain for such refined Christmas-morning fare. Get in quick, though; the offer ends on Tuesday.
Dedicated followers of female fashion can update their wardrobe on a shoestring, as New Look is offering 20 per cent reductions to customers with discount vouchers. Go to tinyurl.com/5usk5j, print off the Friends and Family coupon and take it to any one of its 600-plus UK stores before 20 December.
If, like me, you see discounts everywhere when you set foot in a supermarket, you'll be pleased to hear that Asda has created a special pre-Christmas offers section on its website. Covering everything from deals on soft drinks to children's toys, asda.com makes it easy to choose exactly what you want in the comfort of your own home.
Media sources suggest Marks & Spencer will be having another 20 per cent sale this Thursday. I've spoken to M&S, and I can report that nothing has been confirmed yet. While there is still a chance the sale will go ahead as reported, I'd suggest double-checking prices before you splash your cash.
Feeling hungry? Pop along to your nearest Walkabout bar for some tucker, register to receive the Australian pub chain's email newsletter service and you'll get sent a printable "Free Burger" voucher that can be used once a day for the next seven days.