New Thrifty Gifty - Organised for Christmas and all ocassions 2010- Santas Challenges

edited 17 September 2010 at 9:42PM in Special Occasions & Other Celebrations
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  • mum2onemum2one Forumite
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    susan42 wrote: »
    Hey palema, your cards are great, i started making cards christmas 2008 and have made loads of friends through it.

    I was going to make hundred for 2009, ended up giving the 100 i made to a cancer charity and then made some more about 80 and gave them to the scouts and then had to rush to make some more.

    And great idea posting to blog, i can photograph things and sho my mates in wales what i`m upto

    Thanks for the baileys recipe, cant wait to make some of these..

    Thats such a lovely gesture re the Christmas cards, guess we wont be asking what your doing every night! xx
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
  • mum2onemum2one Forumite
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    Kayleigh_N wrote: »
    Hello everyone can I join in to please?

    I posted a few times on the last thread but my internet went down for a few days and there was NO chance of me catching up again!! I was quite organised this christmas considering it was the first year I did it on my own but not quite as organised as I would have liked to have been.

    I spent most of my money before christmas so can't spend any on the sales :cry: so I'm including sale money for next year with my christmas savings.

    I hope everyone and a nice christmas and a happy new year

    Hi Kayleigh

    A big welcome to the new lovely 2010 thread, hope ur ok xx
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
  • lurkylurkylurkylurky Forumite
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    jamtart6 wrote: »
    Hat boxes out of stock here :(

    Anyone got any inventive ideas for my wrapping next year? I am RUBBISH at wrapping, I want everything to be in boxes next year, but some things don't come in boxes naturally so any ideas what to do? dont want to buy gift boxes in shops as they are so expensive. I know someone who saves cereal boxes but seems a bit naff to me? Any ideas?


    I'm not at all crafty so gift bags are the way to go for me - and easier to store. I picked up some nice bags in PoundWorld today for ... 50p along with some half price tissue paper which I use to cover the gifts in the bag. If I'm feeling really adventurous I might stick a few sequins/ribons on them.
  • mum2onemum2one Forumite
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    sylphraven wrote: »
    Mum2one, if I ever have a problem with service etc I'm sending you a PM to take up the case, I love how you argue it out (I wouldnt have the guts). How DARE they suggest your disability may inpair your judgement, how prejudice is that .... I think thats plenty of rope for them to hang themselves!!

    U'd be more than welcome anytime, my dd thinks its brilliant when I complain, as it usually involves money...... when we had a computer from Dixons it was 6 mths old, never mind the 12 month guarentee, we had heck of a time, the whole main parts of the base unit had gone, then their wasn't a recovery disc in the original package, we had to have a new one from France, it took about 7 weeks to get sorted, after the paper got involved, they sent me £90 of vouchers.......I had a new digital camera, dd had mine, so she was happy...

    The best was 2 yrs ago, in Tunisia, there was a group of us that sat together in the evening, got chatting to this one bloke, ended up writing a letter for him over his double glazeing, apparently he'd been argueing it for 12 months, a month later got an email saying they'd fixed the faults and gave him a goodwill gesture.

    With the exception of dd, she loves it, the rest of the family slope off.. xx
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
  • Re: hat boxes, no probs for letting you know *cant remember members name eek sorry* I bought them on Saturday and felt like sharing hehe! they are really lovely, mum has a set all set up in her room and they look gorgeous ... can't wait for my new room to put them into :):)

    Done some cutting out of gift tags from old christmas cards mum helped too so thought it only fair to share them.

    Also thanks to a member on here, I got a ahem, naughty ;) valentines/christmas present on love honey... only cost me £1.80 with a 10% code and after I placed order there was the offer of a freebie worth £4.99 - so popped that in and it'll be a nice lovely prezzie for myself ;) so for a whole £1.80 i'm delighted :P:P

    Sorted my craft box out - well what i've got in it anyways, because most of the things were getting ruined, so used some lovely tins and put little things in those, and put the papers/cards etc into polypockets... best i could do... so while doing that found some lovely christmas papers, and some peel offs i bought a few years ago, and will now think about making some christmas cards for those that will appreciate them for next year :):) that's next on the list....

    how is everyone else getting on this fine evening??

    emmy xxx
    2008 Wins: 2 x VIP tickets to Ministry Of Sound, Umbrella, Tea Towel, £50 Tesco Gift Card, Amplifier (worth over £1,100 alone).


    "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You" (Dr Seuss)
  • mum2onemum2one Forumite
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    Hi everyone... Happy New Year...

    I had such an eventful day - which is a total comparison to my usual boring life lol... Well got sick of not seeing anything but hills and sheep for the past 2 weeks and decided to take the trek of 70+ miles to Town. It took 3 hours to do a usual 1 and a half hour trip as cars were sliding everywhere, and there was an accident - no one hurt thankfully. Then on the way home, we couldn't get up one of the steep hills, had to get out and try and push, thankfully our neighbours were on there way home with a 4x4 and towed us over the hill and we managed to crawl home... another 3 hours.... crazy stuff this snow malarky... I think the novelty has well and truely worn off now...

    anyways....

    When I finally got to town went round the shops, the usuall, next, m&s, debenhams, and was rather disappointed......I did however, pick up a set of those boxes which are in the argos sale, they look beautiful, very happy with them, and i'm glad i picked up a set for mum, she was delighted...as well as the tea towels for £1.49.... i'm going to try and have a think of what to do with these for my mum's christmas.

    My biggest bargains of today came from good old tesco... went in there just to get a sandwich, and ended up coming out with some rather good bargains.

    The items included
    tea cup with biscuits, tea bag, and a teabag holder you know the thing you put your used teabag into?? 93p reduced from £5

    2 x cappuccino *spelling?* cups with a small grater, stuff to make the drink, and some chocs 93p reduced from £5

    2 x jam carousel's with 3 mini pots of jam 93p reduced from £5

    2 x pestle and mortar with salt and pepper inside 93p reduced from £5

    1 x hot chocolate set with 2 quite big cups, greens and black cocoa (a small tub full) and some G&B chocs for £2.50 reduced from £10

    1 x box set with 2 x special oils...??? vinegars... i'm sure balsamic vinegar was in there, tubs of salt and pepper, little tubs of different herbs like parsley, basil etc... for the grand total of £2.25 reduced from £12

    4 x 50 pack of christmas cards for 13p, reduced from 50p

    4 x rolls of wrapping paper 2 x 6m 2 x 10m for 25p each - reduced from £1 each

    2 x packs of silver bows 24p reduced from 97p

    There was a few other things, that I wish i'd taken my purse with me, there was a little basil oil dipping set for only 93p, and a little hot water bottle set with cocoa and chocs and whisk for £1.87...some hot chocolate mugs and some coffee mugs....To be honest I wish I could have afforded them all, they were such great bargains...usually I miss out on these kinda things, but I got stuck in lol..

    These things all have best before dates, which run out during 2010, but I have birthdays and mothers day early in the year and these would be perfect... but even though I could still open up the cups and replace the chocolates/biscuits etc to suit the receiver. I was so excited at actually getting some things so early on I had to share it with someone, even got the hubby in on the game, and HE CHOSE THE WRAPPING PAPER!!!


    Sorry for long post...

    hope you are all having a lovely night

    emmy xxx

    Hi Emmy

    Oh my heck that sounds like the journey from hell...... love those bargains may have to pop to our Tesco to see what they have left xx
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
  • lol yeah... and it's snowing again, we still have the snow from the week before christmas, it's just never lifting....

    I'd like to hear what everyone else gets in tescos.... i'm hoping when mum and dad go down town again i'll get a lift down and see what i can get.. :)

    emmy xx
    2008 Wins: 2 x VIP tickets to Ministry Of Sound, Umbrella, Tea Towel, £50 Tesco Gift Card, Amplifier (worth over £1,100 alone).


    "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You" (Dr Seuss)
  • mum2onemum2one Forumite
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    I've just wrapped and gift bagged my friends birthday presents, using wrapping paper and a giftbag i already had! Also picked up a war magazine, the good shiny tick type half price at 2.50 in WHsmith for my grandads birthday hamper :)
    That sounds a brilliant present, r u sure we not related that would be exactly what he would like.

    mom2one I didn't have much time to expand last night, I think the way you handled all those events was great! I don't know anyone who would have the guts to respond the way you did, you are my idol!
    Thank you, I'm terrible for complaining,
    Especially with the whole newspaper thing. I also hate restraunts/theme parks ect who try to tell me i cannot use my discount when i know I can, for example in Superdrug they said i could only use my NUS card on purchases over £10, when a week before I was told I could use it whenever! I did not leave without my discount! I say forget the new years resolution of no complaining, they cannot use your disability against you and you deserve the same service that anyone else gets!
    I totally agree with u re Students Union card, Superdrug are tight you have to spend £10, I get the look as thou to say ur a bit old (I'm 38 - with Open Uni), the worst is Shoe Zone, you have to hand your card over at the start as they have to discount every item seperately.

    Good for you holding out for the discount, we have to study hard, got to have some pleasures. It aint the exam!!

    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
  • mum2onemum2one Forumite
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    Hello Peeps,

    Sorry i havent been about in the last weeks or so but its been non stop here :rolleyes: Have i missed anything? I have got my A4 binder and started on the money challenge (thanks Mum2One) as posted on first post. I have a lot of financial planning to do this year as we are hoping for 2 x 2 weeks holidays away in Spain this year :D
    Any room in suitcase, gd for you, you deserve the holidays, I'm sure I speak from all of us, but we're keep you on the straight and narrow.

    I have brought a few half price gifts in the sales for Birthdays & Christmas presents for my family and friends so they have saved me some money for this year. I have found the sales a bit disappointing this year and am sure they have not been as good as previous years. I am waiting for the Boots 75% off sale to get a few more bits but have loads of points on my advantage card to pay for those so wont be using "real" money iykwim.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one re sales, keeping fingers crossed for Boots 75% sale.

    I also have brought with my- £1 a day for 100 days to spend in the xmas sales fund - my 3 daughters almost all their summer wardrobe from Matalan. Brought stacks for only £53. Ideal for holidays away and it doesnt matter if it get ruined as most pieces only cost 50p - £2.

    You've got some brilliant stuff for the girls, don't know if you have a Peacocks nearby they have a sale upto 70% off, some party wear, and a few bits of summer stock.
    Def agree the items incase they got ruined, I took dd to Primark b4 we went to Tunisia last yr, and sods law the "best outfits" she managed to get spaghetti bolognese down, the chuck on items she kept clean. You deserve a medal for shopping for 3 girls. xx
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
  • mum2onemum2one Forumite
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    saffstar wrote: »
    Chillin nutta - thanks for the link to the boxes, someone mentioned 'hatboxes' on here a couple of days ago but I couldn't find them on the Argos site - got the last set anywhere near me thanks to your link :)

    Incase its any good for anyone - link to the boxes

    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2602808/c_1/1%7Ccategory_root%7CGifts%7C14417351/c_2/3%7Ccat_15701083%7CPink+gifts%7C14417475/Trail/searchtext%3EPINK.htm
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
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