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Enjoy a Straightfordable Christmas

Posted on 18 December 2014

Our tips for a straightforward and affordable Christmas

Wouldn’t it be nice if Christmas was just that bit more straightforward and affordable? Or should we say, straightfordable?

“It’s Chrissssstmassss!”

So here it is… Merry Christmas… everybody’s having fun. Office parties are in full swing; the tinsel’s been freed from the loft and Slade’s never out of earshot. It should be time to celebrate but instead we’re working harder than one of Santa’s elves, the list of presents is growing rather than shrinking – and the Christmas dinner isn’t going to make itself.

That’s why we’re serving up our Straightfordable Days of Christmas. Over the coming days we’ll be giving you more tips than you can fill your stockings with. Here are just a few to get you started:

1. Find new homes for unwanted presents

Just what you’ve always wanted? No. Then swapping your presents or giving them a new home could work a treat. No money wasted and no future jumble gathering dust.

2. Family secret Santa

Rather than buy for every member of the family, why not buy one big present, a game or activity day perhaps, and get them bonding again. Or put names in a hat and do things secret santa style.

Santa carrying a big present - SunLife

3. Family photo and newsletter

Snap a Christmassy family photo and remind everyone what you look like. Or go the whole hog and create a family newsletter or video to share the year’s news. It’s fun, it’s free and it’s a chance to be just a little bit smug as well!

Photo of Santa - SunLife

4. Skype call

Don’t say it with a Christmas card, say it in person on Skype. Open your presents in front of your rellies down under, or sing a carol to your granny – all in real time.

Santa Skype call - SunLife

5. Make your own presents

Whether you’re nifty with the knitting needles, or a dab hand with the cookie dough, making gifts will save you cash and give you a warm glow. If you like these tips, you’re going to love our Straightfordable Days of Christmas. So make sure you join us on Facebook and Twitter to get your daily straightfordable Christmas fix.

From all of us at SunLife, we wish you a very happy and straightfordable Christmas.

Here's the information that you need to know about who we are and the other companies that we work with in order to provide our products and services.

Who are SunLife? 

Phoenix Life Limited trades as SunLife and is the provider of the Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, SunLife Insurance and the life insurance policy payment option for Funeral Plans. Phoenix Life Limited’s registered office is at 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 1016269). Phoenix Life Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 110418). As part of SunLife’s commitment to quality service and security, telephone calls may be recorded.

SunLife Limited distributes financial products and services and is a company limited by shares, registered office: 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 05460862). SunLife Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 769427).

You can contact us by post at SunLife, PO Box 1395, Peterborough, PE2 2TR or by phone on 0800 008 6060.

If you choose to add Funeral Benefit Option to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan the funeral services are arranged and provided by Dignity Funerals Limited. Dignity Funerals Limited is a company registered in England and Wales No. 00041598. VAT registered No. 486 6081 14. 4 King Edwards Court, King Edwards Square, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP. Telephone No. 0121 354 1557. Fax No. 0121 355 808. Part of Dignity plc. A British Company. Dignity are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority but are registered providers with the Funeral Planning Authority.

Who provides the Funeral Plans?

The funeral services are arranged by a funeral director selected by Golden Charter Ltd. Golden Charter Ltd are not required to be authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority in relation to funeral plans but are registered providers with the Funeral Planning Authority.

If you choose to pay for your funeral in one go, with a single payment, you will have a contract with Golden Charter. The funeral services will be arranged by a funeral director selected by Golden Charter Ltd.

If you choose to pay for your funeral with a life insurance policy, the policy will be provided by Phoenix Life Limited, trading as SunLife. The funeral services will be arranged by a funeral director selected by Golden Charter Ltd.

Who provides My Smarter (ISA)?

My Smarter (ISA) is provided by Scottish Friendly Asset Managers Limited. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register, registration No. 188832. Member of The Investment Association. Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ.

Who provides the Will writing services?

Hugh James is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Number:303202).

The information contained on this website is based on Hugh James' understanding of the law of intestacy in England and Wales only as at April 2014. The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is significantly different. This is for information purposes and is not intended to be legal advice.

Who provides Family Life Insurance?

SunLife Family Life Insurance is provided by Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register (registration number 110002). Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ. 

Who provides SunLife Pet Insurance

SunLife Pet Insurance is arranged and administered by BDML Connect Limited. BDML Connect Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 309140). Registered in England and Wales Number 02785540. Registered Office: 45 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2QB.

Who provides SunLife Home Insurance

SunLife Home Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.

Who provides SunLife Car Insurance

SunLife Car Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.