Saving Up For Christmas

A lot of people will want to buy certain gifts for people soon, so to make sure it's affordable I thought we could start planning early!

There is a saving for Christmas challenge thread here:
It's never too early to start saving up!

What about using Black Friday deals for Christmas gifts?
It can be a good idea, as long as it's a proper deal. Read about how to spot a deal from a dud:

Could it be better to join a Christmas saving club or collecting stamps?
Read more info here:

Anyone got any Christmas gifts ideas yet? It's better to know sooner rather than later so you can look out for great deals!
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    edited 10 September 2018 at 9:40PM
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  • I absolutely love Christmas, countdown for me starts in September!

    I have a few bits in already, really need to go through my present stash then write out a list of who I have to buy for then look out for the bargains.

    I might go & write a list of who I need to buy for now actually!

    Have you started planning or shopping yet?

  • kdalwayskint
    kdalwayskint Forumite Posts: 767
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    I never used to start shopping for Christmas until after my birthday, 30th October. I made a small start last week :)

    I used to try and save as much as I could when I was a single mum. These days I do the save a pound a day for Christmas challenge on the forums. I think this is the 3rd or 4th year it's been running, and it takes the pressure off, I'm so glad I do it trickling out of my current account into my savings account, £7 a week. I hardly notice it but definitely feel the benefit at the beginning of December :)
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  • welshbabe88
    welshbabe88 Forumite Posts: 176
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    Pretty much got all of my bits - apart form the money to go to some - get most of my stuff in Jan or through the year. Also written by cards and bought next years.
  • PasturesNew
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    I don't need to save up ... 3-4 days before Xmas I'll take £20 out of the bank, buy my food/drink/treats... then head home to shut the doors for 3-4 days.

  • frugalmacdugal
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    too late to start saving now, you should've started in Jan, bought stuff then in the sales and stocked up.

    Start saving now for next Christmas.
    Y'all take care now.
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