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Advent email helps beat the credit crunch and save the planet!

Sign up to Christian Aid’s inspired advent email and receive daily tips to help beat the credit crunch this Christmas. The handy hints and tips, which will be emailed daily from the 1st December until Christmas Eve, are designed to help consumers save cash, cut their carbon emissions and have some Yuletide fun.

Hints include:

Giving the gift of time – in an increasingly busy world give someone you love some time off by presenting them an IOU for babysitting, walking the dog, washing the car, etc.  The babysitting duties could save them at least £20 a night!

Car sharing – as fuel costs rise, and traffic jams increase, why not log on to www.pickuppal.com and find someone heading your way home for Christmas.  Not only will it save you money by sharing fuel costs but using one car rather than two will reduce emissions.  You might even make a new friend.

Get creative – why not make your own Christmas decorations?  Use holly and pine cones collected from local woods to decorate the house, get the kids to make paper chains from old magazines and bake some gingerbread to hang on the tree. Making your own can be cheap, fun and will keep the kids amused for hours.

Other tips include how to cut costs on food, fuel, fashion, entertainment and much more.

To register for your daily advent tip, simply log on to www.christianaid.org.uk/advent

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For further press information contact Emma Wigley on +44 (0) 20 7523 2452, email ewigley@christian-aid.org or contact Karen Hedges on +44 (0) 20 7523 2404, email khedges@christian-aid.org

Notes to editors:

Christian Aid is an international development agency working in 50 countries with people of all religions and none.