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By Chief Bargain Hunter Chelsea Thomas

You know a little savings can go a really long way. I know it better than anyone (being a full blown shopaholic!) and Christmas tears around the corner and then all of a sudden, your savings have dwindled. But what if you start now, you won’t even feel the dent in your bank account by the time the festive seasons rolls around?

I’ve teamed up with Vicinity Centres because they’ve created a Christmas Club which solves that problem for us. You can sign up, set up a direct debit or make contributions in-centre whenever you shop. Then from 1 December you can get your savings loaded onto an EFTPOS card, ready to spend in Centre.  You can sign up here:

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And there are a stack of products across the Centres that you can purchase from homewares, gifts, fashion and plenty of toys for kids.

Here’s some of my favourite finds, from the options available at the Centres.

I chose this striped knit, and blazer from Target, jeans from Cotton On and flats from Rubi Shoes. All well under $100, of course. Please add something like: This is the perfect Christmas Day outfit! It’s comfortable enough to wear all day, loose enough that you could eat all day and provides enough layers to account for whatever weather Christmas decides to bring us this year.

The jeans are super comfy, high waisted and not too over the top with the rips!

I loved the length of this Target top and the frill around the base for $15.

I loved the length of this Target top and the frill around the base for $15. Nicely covers the boudoirs.

Mid rise grazer skinny jean – Cotton On $37 with 25% off
Black Blazer – Target $39
Woven jumper – Target $15
Slipper – Rubi $10


Tealight holder – Dusk $30
Tapered candles – Target $4
Pillar candle – Target $2
Cutlery set – Kmart $19
Salt & Pepper grinders – Kmart $12
Speckled dinner plate – Kmart $1.50
Irregular small bowl – Kmart $3
Gold side plate – Target $4
Woven table runner – Target $6
White ceramic vase – Target $10
Tumbler glasses – Target $12

Then in terms of gifting and homewares, you can keep an eye on the cutlery and plates at Kmart. Or the tealight holders from Dusk (pictured below) for $29.99? Target’s $20 fluffy cushion is a winner for those obsessed with decor and the notepads and Kmart ($5) gold pens.

The Kmart notebooks and water bottle are a great idea for stocking fillers. And who doesn’t need a spare set of Target headphones for $25?

Denim below are Cotton On.

Notepads – Kmart $3
Gold pens – Kmart $5
Water bottle – Kmart $7
Antipodes mask – Priceline $39.19
Fluffy cushion – Target $20
Headphones – Target $10
Cookbook – Big W $10


Times Tables activity book – Big W $10
Alphabet floor puzzle – Big W $8
Fairyland Foot to floor – Kmart $15
Kids cash register – Target $15
Assorted board games – Reject Shop $3Jenga – Target $25
Modeling cay – Big W $13

Photography: Liz Halloran



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