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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 23rd Oct 07, 12:19 PM
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    MSE Jenny
    40+ Christmas MoneySaving tips
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    • 23rd Oct 07, 12:19 PM
    40+ Christmas MoneySaving tips 23rd Oct 07 at 12:19 PM



    Hi all, we've written a new 40+ Christmas MoneySaving tips guide to help you cut the cost of the festive season.

    Is there anything you'd like to see added? Do you have any top tips?

    Thanks
    for your help!


    MSE Jenny

    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 11-09-2012 at 7:23 PM.
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    • Wings of Ambition
    • By Wings of Ambition 22nd Sep 08, 9:39 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 08, 9:39 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 08, 9:39 PM
    I've always found that, with other events through the year such as birthdays and leaving do's, it's handmade stuff that gets more appreciation. So get down somewhere like Hobbycraft and be creative for a day
    • touch*my*food*feel*myfork
    • By touch*my*food*feel*myfork 22nd Sep 08, 9:50 PM
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    touch*my*food*feel*myfork
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    • 22nd Sep 08, 9:50 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 08, 9:50 PM
    Hi Jenny
    Your 'cheapest perfume' clicky under the 12 saves of xmas thread goes through to store cards, as the info above the perfumes - do you have the correct link please?
    Many thanks
    2014 wins - £100 john lewis vouchers/frankie and benny breakfast/kitchen aid toaster @ £169/garden hand fork and spade/Years worth of Tyrrells/after eights/cheese/£500/Belvoir OClock win
  • russellxena
    • #4
    • 23rd Sep 08, 4:00 PM
    Christmas
    • #4
    • 23rd Sep 08, 4:00 PM
    I've decided to make all my presents today! Sloe Gin, various chutneys & pickled onion! Nearer the big day Im going to make some truffles too!
    Yummy, saving loads of money so dont have to worry too much about the kids presents!
  • itsybitsygoth
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    • 3rd Oct 08, 10:29 AM
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    • 3rd Oct 08, 10:29 AM
    I like the idea of making the mugs filled with chocolates etc, I'm toying with the idea of doing a mini pamper kit- face mask, nail file, chocolates, minature bubble bath in a pretty mug.

    Anyone know where I can get the cellophane to wrap them up in?
    Overdraft- £500 PAID! Computer Loan- £292.67 PAID! Credit Card- £369.00 PCDL Loan- £6664.80
    • salduck
    • By salduck 3rd Oct 08, 10:32 AM
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    • 3rd Oct 08, 10:32 AM
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    • 3rd Oct 08, 10:32 AM
    itsy try the hampers threads on th special occassions board loads and loads of ideas and details of where ppl get their cello etc
    x
    Long time lurker- Sometimes poster! Always interested to read and hear others opinions!
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  • RustyFlange
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    • 3rd Oct 08, 10:45 AM
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    • 3rd Oct 08, 10:45 AM
    I like the idea of making the mugs filled with chocolates etc, I'm toying with the idea of doing a mini pamper kit- face mask, nail file, chocolates, minature bubble bath in a pretty mug.

    Anyone know where I can get the cellophane to wrap them up in?
    Originally posted by itsybitsygoth
    itsybitsygoth, most people who make up the hampers use a company called flower hour - http://www.flowerhour.co.uk/

    They also have an ebay store - http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Flower-Hour


    Hope this helps
    Raising kids is like being held hostage by midget terrorists
    • Passiflora Polar Bear
    • By Passiflora Polar Bear 16th Oct 08, 8:33 PM
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    • #8
    • 16th Oct 08, 8:33 PM
    Cellophane wrapping
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    • 16th Oct 08, 8:33 PM
    I like the idea of making the mugs filled with chocolates etc, I'm toying with the idea of doing a mini pamper kit- face mask, nail file, chocolates, minature bubble bath in a pretty mug.

    Anyone know where I can get the cellophane to wrap them up in?
    Originally posted by itsybitsygoth
    You can buy cellophane in many designs from florists for about a quid a metre (my florist was even more generous as he'd never been asked before- though I dare say that will change now!)
    P.s. Just to add that this cellophane is not recyclable- looks nice but horrible to the environment.
    Last edited by Passiflora Polar Bear; 16-10-2008 at 8:51 PM. Reason: Adding note about the environment
    • Passiflora Polar Bear
    • By Passiflora Polar Bear 16th Oct 08, 8:46 PM
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    • #9
    • 16th Oct 08, 8:46 PM
    Office Secret Santa tips
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    • 16th Oct 08, 8:46 PM
    Our office is organising a £5 or £6 secret santa - gifts to be opened at our Christmas lunch (which also costs!!) All this is unwelcome expense especially as I've just started working there practically voluntarily. I can make felt jewelry for a woman, but has anyone had the experience of buying secret santas for guys they don't know at all well?? :confused:
  • rubydoiwannabee
    Our office is organising a £5 or £6 secret santa - gifts to be opened at our Christmas lunch (which also costs!!) All this is unwelcome expense especially as I've just started working there practically voluntarily. I can make felt jewelry for a woman, but has anyone had the experience of buying secret santas for guys they don't know at all well?? :confused:
    Originally posted by Passiflora Polar Bear
    I had to do this last year...ended up buy a mug with 'i would rather be in the pub' on it. Was pretty stumped otherwise.

    HTH
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    • sandy2
    • By sandy2 17th Oct 08, 6:22 AM
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    I hate 'secret Santa'
    • rainmac
    • By rainmac 17th Oct 08, 7:27 AM
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    How about a pot of gold for a bloke Secret Santa - a bowl filled with chocolate coins and a scratch card or two. I've made these for my sons teachers and a couple of people for little Xmas gifts. You can choose how much to spend on it by what bowl you buy, how many coins, scratch cards etc. There are some pics on the gifts for teachers thread and crafty for christmas. My bowls were deep so I shoved screwed up tissue paper in them to bump them up so I could use less chocolate coins.

    HTH
    If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain
  • verity2
    Bluewater in Kent has a free Santa this year with Gift and you can book a slot on line so no 2 hour queue!!
  • Aaagh
    I hate 'secret Santa'
    Originally posted by sandy2
    Me too. I joined one for a baby club I was in on line, bought a gift (an Anne Geddes calendar, which I thought was nice and appropriate to the group), paid the postage to send it off (not recorded as I'm an MSE) and then got slated because she said it never arrived.

    Never again.
    • nuttywoman
    • By nuttywoman 13th Nov 08, 11:17 PM
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    nuttywoman
    Me too. I joined one for a baby club I was in on line, bought a gift (an Anne Geddes calendar, which I thought was nice and appropriate to the group), paid the postage to send it off (not recorded as I'm an MSE) and then got slated because she said it never arrived.

    Never again.
    Originally posted by Aaagh
    How awful for you, and what a horrible woman!
  • iturner2
    You can buy cellophane in many designs from florists for about a quid a metre (my florist was even more generous as he'd never been asked before- though I dare say that will change now!)
    P.s. Just to add that this cellophane is not recyclable- looks nice but horrible to the environment.
    Originally posted by Passiflora Polar Bear

    Cellophane is made from cellulose (wood etc) and is compostable, so put it in the compost and help your garden if you have one.
  • jsg2
    I think that the following section -

    Bah humbug! Delay Christmas

    Well, delay it for a few presents at least. Don’t feel forced into giving huge presents in time for Christmas. If the gift is likely to be one that’ll be reduced in the sales, eg, a new flat screen TV, computer or dress, why not simply send an IOU note with a promise to buy by mid-January.
    should include a reference to the fact that VAT goes up to 20% in January - so delaying purchases until January this year may not neccessarily be the best policy...
  • morgansmummy1809
    Last year i bought some blank calendars online (which were reasonably cheap but i am not sure where from) and i printed out photos of people in my family, cut them out and put them pictures on the month of that persons birthday, for any months that there werent any birthdays i just put pictures of all the family with a theme of that month .... eg everyone dressed up for halloween in october, opening xmas prezzies in december etc etc.
    Jazzed it up a bit with glitter and they looked lovely. My family loved them and said that it was the most thoughtful prezzie they got. It did take some time for me to do, but everyone loved them and it was well worth it.
    • tingly
    • By tingly 27th Nov 10, 8:20 PM
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    tingly
    Slightly off post, but definitely money saving. It occurred to me a couple of years ago that if you have to rack your brains to think of what to buy someone, the chances are they dont need anything anyway, otherwise it would be easy ie. buying a coat for someone who needs one.
    so on that theme, non of my family now buy anything ,except for the kids, and if I do feel like buying something, i have found a homeless charity near me, who really do know what they need buying for them, coats, hats , bathing stuff etc.
  • SurfBowlSC
    Christmas shopping is almost complete.
    Just got 2 lego items to get for 5 year old and a netbook for 8 yr old daughter.
    Money already in place, so just a case of watching for price drops and grabbing.

    We make a point of saving a minimum of £50 per month for Christmas, starting from January each year. Ensures we can then get things as and when they are cheap and always know what's left to spend.
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