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  • spud30
    spud30 Posts: 16,872 Forumite
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    lennymfo wrote: »
    I'll bring some in jan at the next meet and we'll all get pithed in Keren's room!

    I probably wont be able to stay overnight, so getting pithed wont be an option for me unfortunately :cry:
    Is it better to aim for the stars and hit a tree or aim for a tree and land in its branches :think:
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  • System
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    spud30 wrote: »
    I probably wont be able to stay overnight, so getting pithed wont be an option for me unfortunately :cry:
    Doh:sad: You really should go and get some help about your sky remote withdrawal problems!
  • spud30
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    lennymfo wrote: »
    Doh:sad: You really should go and get some help about your sky remote withdrawal problems!

    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

    If I come, DH and the kids will come with me, so we will have to be back to look after the dog :rolleyes:
    Is it better to aim for the stars and hit a tree or aim for a tree and land in its branches :think:
    Loves being a Wonderbra friend :kisses3:
  • Catw0man
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    This is our first Chirstmas as DFWs too. With saving for the wedding I really want to spend as little as possible. I absolutely love christmas though - the shopping, the wrapping, making the christmas cards, putting up the decorations, and I love unwrapping gifts!:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
    Anyway this year, we have decided to spend much less on everyone. I have been doing surveys etc like mad to save vouchers to pay for the presents - fortunately we have no kids of our own, but we do have 4 nephews and a niece.:o
    So far I have £50 of Boots vouchers from pigsback, hoping to get another £10 very soon. I also have £41 on my advantage card, I'm going to use my vouchers on the Christmas shopping night where if you spend over £50 you get an extra 1000 advantage card points, which will boost my total by another £10!!! Plus £20 for Debenhams and £10 for WH Smith from shop and scan. I've got a £5 amazon voucher too - though won't get much for that:o

    :rudolf: :xmassmile :snow_laug :santa2:
  • SarahNeedle1872
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    OH and I were discussing Xmas earlier, and he told me to 'write a list'... so now I'm looking for inexpensive things that he can get me......
    He's already given me a list of things he wants..... clothes, shoes mainly, but nothing esp cheap.... Unfortunately he's 6ft 7ins and size 13/14 shoe, so its hard to find things that will fit properly.... I think TKMaxx is gonna have to be an option for clothes, but shoes is hard!

    Sarah x
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  • skint_spice
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    lennymfo wrote: »
    I always make 12 pints of Moose Milk for Xmas, it doesn't cost much and is enjoyed by most people. I use 2 '6' pint milk cartons. Here's the recipie I use:
    3 pints of full fat milk, half a bottle of rum, half a bottle of Kahlua, half a carton of cornish ice cream and a pot of double cream. I also add cinnamon to give it that festive smell/flavour. You can of course choose to omit some of the ingredients and use the cheapest Rum you can find.

    Sounds fantastic Lenny but is that just any rum or does it have to be a certain type - never usually drink it but I know you get black, white etc...
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  • moanymoany
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    Surfbabe wrote: »
    Hi Everyone
    just reading the posts on Christmas Presents and Christmas in general. I make all our cards and have cut the list of people we send to drastically. We don;t send to anyone that we see on a daily or weekly basis, just those whom we keep in touch with at birthdays and Christmas.
    On the subject of presents - I buy items from World Vision - they start at £5, you can personlise the card, can usually find something that is relevant to the person you are buying for ie; I bought the cook set one year for a family in Africa for my sister-in -law who is a school cook. I added a 99p bar of Fairtrade Chocolate and everyone was happy.
    I refuse to go shoppping for all the tat that appears every year under the guise of gifts for him, her, the dog etc - they are always overpriced and of no particular use at all. Get the children to make peppermint creams, biscuits etc, package them nicely (boxes available from all sorts of places - or make your own papier mache containers). Lots of things you can do.
    !


    Surfbabe, If you google a bit, you can get diagrams that print onto card to make boxes.
    Try 'about.com', they have mountains of ideas for gifts.

    So many people who have posted on this thread are DFWs. In theory it should be simple to say - sorry folks, only token pressies this year as I/we are working like stink to get ourselves out of debt- but it isn't. I can't help but wonder if the people on the other end of the ott gift giving are paying for the gifts with a credit card, already well filled, that won't be paid off by next Christmas.

    I am very impressed by the ingenuity and hard work of the posters, that is going into Christmas. We faced up to it and bit the bullet many years ago. It wasn't easy, but later we discovered that the suggestion of pressies of £10 cash and only for children was gratefully received as my sil fell on hard times a year later.

    Merry Christmas Everybody!!:xmassign:
  • chardonnay_2
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    My son would love Point Horror books and they are available on Amazon.co.uk at 1p plus 59p pand p, but I don't have a credit card and am having difficulties getting my prime card rechargable. I can also get some nice Elvis things for a really cheap price, but same problem. He adores Elvis and loves the Point Horror range.

    is your prime card a prepaid credit card - could you not try another type?
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  • Catw0man
    Catw0man Posts: 859 Forumite
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    My son would love Point Horror books and they are available on Amazon.co.uk at 1p plus 59p pand p, but I don't have a credit card and am having difficulties getting my prime card rechargable. I can also get some nice Elvis things for a really cheap price, but same problem. He adores Elvis and loves the Point Horror range.

    I used to love Point horror books and had a fair few, I must look and see if they're in my mum's attic, if they are I could send you some if you're interested, they're no use to me anymore, and I'm sure my mum would be happy to get rid of some clutter. I'll have to have a rummage first though to check they're still there:D
  • System
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    Sounds fantastic Lenny but is that just any rum or does it have to be a certain type - never usually drink it but I know you get black, white etc...
    Dark Rum is the best option. Although you can use Dark and white.
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