Santa’s coming!! πŸŽ„ Six months till Christmas don’t get caught out

For those of us that celebrate Christmas, it happens once a year, on the same date – so why, for many of us, is it such a shock on our wallets.

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I am not here to tell you how much to spend on your loved ones, I am not here to tell you about how I cover Christmas on 20p and a roll of tin foil – I just wanted to share the fact that if you tuck away a few quid now and each month till December it will be less of a shock.

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A few years ago, it dawned on me that I was buying gifts for friends, their kids, all and sundry.

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The silly fact was, is that they were buying for us too – we would happily swap bottles of wine (adults – obviously) and trading bits of plastic tat for the kids, so I decided to be brave and tell my friends and family that I no long wanted Christmas gifts, and, in turn I would not be buying for them – to my surprise, it was well received due to the fact that for example I was spending Β£20 on a gift for my mum and she would spend the same on me, we’d rather keep the Β£20 for something we wanted to spend it on – sorted…. (I do still make sweets and small gifts for birthdays).

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I save Β£100 per month, in a separate account, and that covers Hubby’s and our kids Birthdays, Christmas and my car MOT and Service, which is helpfully just before Christmas πŸ™„

To start with, it was hard for me to save that much, going part time, it was a lot of cash, but it makes it SO much easier to know I have that money to use when I need it.

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It is our daughters 21st this month, so that is a big one, but I have saved for it, they know that normally I have a set budget of Β£100 each for Birthday and Christmas, which is more than generous. Hubby and I normally buy something we want together, a short break or a Β more expensive meal out etc

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It is my 50th this year, friends have celebrated theirs with far flung holidays, very expensive designer handbags etc I just want a family meal (that I don’t have to cook) and anyway, my birthday is just before Christmas, and I never enjoy going out over that period – far too many office Christmas parties going on (miserable git aren’t I πŸ˜‰) I’d rather buy something for the house as it is my ‘Happy Place’

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So, if you take my advice, think hard about those gifts you buy in auto pilot, set a strict budget, you don’t have to buy the whole food shop to make people happy – write a simple meal plan for the festive period – if you have friends or family staying, don’t throw your hands up on horror when they ask if they can bring anything- say yes…. ask them to bring wine or dessert or ask for vouchers for your favourite supermarket to help out – they won’t mind – honest – and if they do, I would wonder why I was hosting them πŸ˜‰

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I make treats and sweets, have a look at some of my HamperΒ Treats

Please share your tips with me 😊 How do you spread the cost?

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

4 thoughts on “Santa’s coming!! πŸŽ„ Six months till Christmas don’t get caught out”

  1. We only buy for my 2 sons & daughter-in-law and our 8yo niece. Everyone else gets home made jam, chutney, wine, beer, liqueurs or truffles and my three brothers get a small Christmas cake.

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    1. That sounds lovely – Homemade are the best gifts, I think it really shows you care and means you can make stuff they actually like 😊 I have made liqueur but not brace enough for beer and wine

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  2. happy christmas to you xx i have for the 20 ish years i have been married cut down christmas every year i am very careful with the food i buy only as much as we will enjoy not enough to last until june, we buy less gifts for folk and buy small for each other maybe put toward an experienc or dinner out and not at christmas as toooo busy. We spend way too much on the kids but save something each month to soften the blow the last couple of years we have made good use of aldis cheap christmas veg and i buy lots of cards /paper/decorations on the sales and keep to use the next year.

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    1. I know it’s early, but it’s only 5 paydays away 😱 This Year we are paring right back – the kids will still get stockings though, mainly underwear, batteries and earphones as they always need them πŸ™ƒ

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