The savvy 68-year-old has a busier festive season than most, as he spends it entertaining local children as Father Christmas.

From hosting parties to giving out gifts on a Santa train ride, there are no lengths Dave won’t go to as he makes sure everyone has a merry old time.

I wanted to reward him for being an excellent Sun Saver and for all his good work in the community, so I paid a surprise visit to Dave and his wife Liz at their home in Stafford.

I took him a brand new Santa suit and lots of goodies for the kids — and while I was there, I asked him for his top tips for curbing Christmas costs . . .

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Top swap

LIGHT up the room with this vintage table lamp from Aldi, and save some dosh instead of buying the Octavia table lamp in copper from

SAVE: £19.01

Reader's saving tip

DAVE Martin from Glasgow says: “To save me having to buy expensive shaving creams I just use own-brand conditioner.

"You get the same smooth glide!”

  • Send your tips to and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if your tip is used. Please include your name and town.

Deal of the day

STOCK up on festive veg with the fresh six offer at Co-op.

Pick up Brussels sprouts, parsnips, carrots, potatoes, swede and broccoli for £2.84. Usually £4.83.

SAVE: £1.99

Cheap treat

HAVE a cheeky tipple with Baileys Chocolat Luxe on offer in ASDA. Was £18, now £12.

SAVE: £6

My Sun Savers fiver

LYN Van Corvorden from Southend says: “I’m putting my Sun Savers fivers towards an RAC membership for my grandson’s first car.”

Send your Savers fiver stories to and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if your tip is used. Please include your name and town.

Shop and save

PICK up a bargain in the British Heart Foundation Christmas sale. You can get this Jingle Bell Reindeer Doorstop. Was £12.99, now £6.99.

SAVE: £6

Hot right now

BUY one perfume and get a second one half price at The Perfume Shop.

Play now to win £15,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle.

Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £15k monthly Raffle. And for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you get a GOLDEN TICKET for our £80k Raffle, which takes place every three months, with the first one at the end of June.


There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect. So the more you enter, the better your chances.

To take part go to or open the Sun Savers app. Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.

Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £15k Raffle.

Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.

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Your paper could be worth £15,000

YOU could win £15,000 in our Sun Raffle, just for reading the paper!

Whether you’re saving up for a big Christmas, planning your next holiday or just in need of some extra cash, The Sun could have you covered.

Every month we’re giving away £15k to one lucky reader in our Raffle.

To enter, download the Sun Savers app or sign up at Then, opt-in to each month’s Sun Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the codes printed daily inside the paper – scanning in the app or entering online. Today’s code is on page 20.

With every code you enter you’ll earn a Raffle ticket into that month’s £15k Raffle. There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect per month. Start collecting today as the next chance to win is Monday, December 31.

Not already a Sun Savers member? Join today. It only takes a minute to sign up – just search “Sun Savers” in the app store and download the app, or head to sunsavers T&Cs apply. For full T&Cs see

Fancy a free fiver?

YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.

Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.

Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have ­collected 28.

This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.

For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.

We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.

Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone. Or go online and enter your code at

To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.

With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.

TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.

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