Christmas is expensive, but there are ways to cut down on costs
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Christmas can be expensive for a plethora of reasons, with presents to buy, cards to send, extra food to order and homes to decorate. And with the cost of living crisis showing no signs of subsiding, families are feeling the pinch more so than ever this festive season.
However, there are ways to keep costs down and still have the kind of Christmas you want and deserve – and one of those is being a little more savvy with your shopping. Whether that be purchasing gifts, items for your home or clothes, there’s two wonderous places right here in Lancashire, offering great quality good, but at discounted prices.
The duo of outlet shopping centres include big name stores including Marks and Spencer, Dune, Lee, Next, Clarks Sports Direct and The Perfume Store. Customers will find brand and designer products for a discounted price, with stores filled with items that could be out of season trends or the results of excess stock.
Fleetwood is the place to be for shopping, with its famous and historic indoor market right in the heart of the seaside town. But it is the shopping village just on the edge of the traditional port town that we want to highlight here.
The huge retail complex is right by the River Wyre, next to the docks and houses more than 40 shops, offering up to 60% off recommended retail price (RRP). From footwear, homeware, beauty products, festive fashion, handbags, outdoor, hiking wear, camping products, designer clothing for all ages, there’s plenty of variety.
You ca even get your mobile phone or gadget fixed at a reasonable price, bulk-buy your Christmas cards and wrapping paper for 2022 and 2023 or grab a bottle of your loved ones favourite perfume.
List of stores at Affinity:
Cadbury, BonMarche, Costa Coffee, Clarks, Claire’s, BeautyOutlet, Craghoppers, DoubleTwo (menswear), Hallmark, HomeBargain, Healthier Fleetwood, IfixTch, Julian Charles Home, Cakes @ Katie’s, Kids Around, Klass (fashion store), Leading Labels, London Leathers Direct, McDonald’s, Moss, Mountain Warehouse, Next Home, Next Outlet, Pavers, ProCook, Regatta, Roman, Sports Direct, Saltrock, Skopes, The Body Shop, Baggage Factory, Terraces, The Gift Company, The Fragrance Shop, The Sweet Emporium, The Works and Trespass.
Here, you’ll find two-floors of concessions, all under one roof. Open seven days a week, Boundary Colne is effectively a huge discount department store and is part of a popular UK chain, with successful outlets also open in Newcastle, Sheffield, Walsall and Grantham.
Visitors will be spoilt for choice, with designer brands from Joules and Jaeger to Radley and Paul Costelloe and variety in childrenswear, sports, fragrance an beauty products, accessories, swimwear, giftware and toiletries. The centre also has a number of food and drink options for you to relax after grabbing your bargains, while gift vouchers are also available.
Featured brands and stores at Boundary Outlet:
Dune, Lee Jeans, The Perfume Store, Wrangler, Tog24, Timberland, Ben Sherman, Marks and Spencer, Clarks, Radley, Osprey, Asics, Wedgwood, Beauty Outlet (brands including Illamasqua, Bobbi Brown, CLinque, Estee Lauder , M.A.C and Mio), Crew Clothing Company, Lyle & Scott, Craghoppers, Jeff Banks, Joules, Mary Berry, Lovello, Kilner, Arthur Price, Cole & Mason, Sketchers, Villeroy & Boch, Cath Kidston, Shearer Candles, Pagazzi, Pretty Polly and Rug Traders.
- 17:15, 8 DEC 2022