7 (enjoyable) ways to save up for the silly season.

It’s never too early to start saving money for the holidays… Even if they feel like a distant dream! Here are seven ways to save that you’ll actually enjoy.

Christmas is coming, sooner than you think, and with it come all sorts of expenses you’re probably now wondering how to prepare for. Let’s face it – 2020 hasn’t been the kindest year for most of us, and with the holidays looming on the not-so-distant horizon, we could all use a little bit extra in our pockets. 

Saving a little bit on everything you already buy (right now!) means more money you can use for something else – like Christmas gifts, time off work, and perhaps the fancy Christmas crackers with the *good* jokes.  For Manchester Unity members, a $43 yearly membership can get you discounts on a variety of things, such as building supplies (DIY weekend, anyone?), automotive services, electronics, vehicle hire, accommodation, eGift cards, movie tickets, health products, and more. The movie ticket savings alone will pay for your membership!

Here are seven reasonably painless ways to save money now so you can celebrate later, including three chances to win a $100 eGift card (click here).


1. $9 movies (membership paid for!))

We love going to the movies, but when it costs over $50 to take the family, not to mention adding on popcorn, it’s a rare treat! With a Manchester Unity membership, you can get $9 movie tickets – a maximum of 4 per year per member – so you can see all the new releases at your local Event, Hoyts, Reading, Lighthouse, and State cinemas. Maybe you can even squeeze in a date night?


2. Discount card 

Do you have unfinished projects around the house? A car that needs to be looked at? Or is your fridge on its last legs? With your Manchester Unity membership, you can access great savings from several well-known nationwide retail suppliers – Beaurepaires, Big Save Furniture, Bunnings, Dulux Paint, OfficeMax, PlaceMakers, Repco, and more. We’ve also recently added a huge 20% discount on baby gift products at The Baby’s Room! Don’t let the costs of a broken-down car spoil your Christmas! 


3. Lower your power bill

Turning lights off when not in use, switching appliances off at the wall, and line-drying clothes instead of tumble-drying are all great tips that will save you some money across the year. With your Manchester Unity membership, you can save a whole lot more when you switch your main residence to Powershop. You’ll get the first weekend of power each month free for your first 12 months. That’s a lot of savings! 


4. Save on tech

Whether it’s time to replace the washing machine, you need a new phone, or your children have finally reached that age where they are required to have a device for school, your membership with Manchester Unity could save you hundreds. Shop at Noel Leeming or JB HiFi and receive preferential pricing and discounts on whatever it is you may need. 

5. Get cheaper health products

Paying for your family’s medicines and health products can all add up, especially during the change of seasons, when colds and flus make us miserable. Get a member-only, 10% refund on natural health products at NZ Online Pharmacy – it offers an extensive range of natural health products as well as traditional medicines that are not found in many other pharmacies. Plus you’ll get free delivery and discounts for buying two or more of the same products. (Prescriptions can also be ordered online but unfortunately won’t include the 10% discount.)


6. Discounted eGift cards? Yes, please

Go beyond traditional gift cards with eGift Cards and save 3%. Recipients can redeem your eGift Card at their choice of participating NZ retailers – Farmers, Michael Hill, Mitre 10, Whitcoulls, JB HiFi, and Dominos Pizza, and NZ online retailers Mighty Ape, iTunes, and MagShop. Can’t pick the perfect gift? Just select the eGift Card amount, and your recipient can choose what they want. Recipients can split your eGift Card amount over multiple retailers and purchase instore and or online. It’s gift-giving made easy! (Click here for your chance to win 1 of 3 $100 eGift Cards)


7. Entertain yourself

Want even more discounts on dining, activities, shopping, and more? Enjoy thousands of discounts when you purchase a digital membership to the Entertainment Book (available in selected regions only) and receive $10 cash back as a member with Manchester Unity (RRP from $69). Or choose the Super Saver App, which is available nationwide for just $49 (RRP $105). Receive valuable and exclusive offers from restaurants, leisure activities, retailers, accommodation, and much more. 

Let Manchester Unity help make life affordable for you and your family. Sign up as a member and not only do you gain access to these exclusive discounts, members can also book affordable holiday homes across six stunning New Zealand locations from as little as $37 a night. With so many ways to save money, you’ll certainly find value in your Manchester Unity membership – and have some extra funds in your bank account to make Christmas even more special.


Manchester Unity are giving away three eGift cards worth $100 each. For your chance to win, click here and enter your details. Make this Christmas one to remember! (terms and conditions apply)

For more information on member-only discounts, holiday homes, and more, please contact Renee on .
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