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  • oo how exciting we're on the newsletter! Hugs all! Havent posted as still denying that I've stuff to do! I REFUSE to get into any more debt but must start at least being innovative with presents! Made a test batch of chocolate fudge and its yummy so will do a further batch (& try not to eat the one I've done!!) close to the date & will get some boxes from ikea to put it in! Great idea whoever posted that one!
    My mum & cousin (2 "main" presents) are being made by a friend who does glass so just best friend, goddaughters & small ones to give. I learned last year that while I love shopping its just not worth it. People know I'm in debt and are understanding but I must start to get organised or it will be a rush job which will be more expensive! Keep at it pepys, we can do it!
    Nerd no 109 Long haulers supporters DFW #1! Even in the darkest moments, love and hope are always possible.

  • Lucy1982_2
    Lucy1982_2 Posts: 4,611 Forumite
    How sad am I. I've just worked out that I can get 20 piggypoints by getting OH's Dad gift from Amazon and about 7% cashback for OH's Mum's through Quidco....

    Just need to sort Mum and OH out and I'll be rolling in Cashback and piggypoints!!
    Current debt - £16,300 :(
    Debt at worst 17/03/2011 - £18,067.62:eek::eek:
    :ANot going anywhere else, ever again :A
  • Hi FF, I'd love to join this group! I hate buying for Xmas anyways, as I never know what to get, but this year is even worse as I'm trying to become debt free. It really is a time consuming struggle to find good value prezzies when u haven't planned ahead!

    I must admit to a bit of a cheat tho, as my DS is only 8 months old, everyone is getting pictures of him! I bought some nice frames cheaply, and he had photos done at nursery which are suprisingly good value.... Also stole a hamper idea from the Christmas thread for FiL...

    My big problem will be OH's DS1, who is 8.... OH mentioned the other day that he may get him a PS3 for Xmas :eek:

    Sarah x
    'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars' - Oscar Wilde
  • Lucy1982_2
    Lucy1982_2 Posts: 4,611 Forumite

    My big problem will be OH's DS1, who is 8.... OH mentioned the other day that he may get him a PS3 for Xmas :eek:

    Sarah x

    :eek: I agree with that!! I have know idea how expensive they are but I know my PS2 was £100 when I bought it in Jan (pre LBM) and it's just not the expense of the PS3 the games are stupid prices!! Good luck on that one.

    Although I do have a friend who got his 4 year old a Wii for this birthday :eek:
    Current debt - £16,300 :(
    Debt at worst 17/03/2011 - £18,067.62:eek::eek:
    :ANot going anywhere else, ever again :A
  • How about these ideas for keeping Christmas costs low?
    At work - we've agreed that the Secret Santa gifts are going to be either a) home made, b) recycled (ie something someone gave you that you don't want/need, or a gift-quality item you already own) or c) doesn't cost more than £2 - you can get great stuff from charity shops!
    At home - adults have decided that we'll spend no more than £10 on each other.
    YOu could also tell people that you're 'going green' and won't be overspending on cards, prezzies, decorations etc for the sake of the planet - and maybe even come clean and say outright that you're trying to save money because of the rise in the cost of living, fuel bills etc etc - credit card debts notwithstanding! And you're standing up against the power of commercialism!
    And if you're stuck for what to buy the people who have everything - check out the Oxfam Unwrapped catalogue, where you can pay for things like a few hens, or fruit trees, or a water pump or even a toilet for Third World people, and Oxfam will send your auntie a card saying what you've bought on her behalf. You could buy her a funky token gift as well. I did that for my mum's 79th birthday, and she was really chuffed with the idea!
  • MERFE
    MERFE Posts: 2,133 Forumite
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    Well I knew last year that this christmas would be very tight so I started planning then, I was getting maternity pay then and we got married in the summer so I knew it was an expensive year. I bought a few extra gifts last year and have them saved up, I also saved all last years Christmas cards that we were given and am going to have a craft day with the little uns closer to Christmas and make our cards out of the ones everyone gave us last year. I've been saving tiny amounts on my asda christmas card over the year which is at 100 pounds now and so alot of gifts will come from asda. We don't have to buy much extra food as we go to parents for christmas so its just presents. I've got some vouchers and money from ebay to get more presents with so hopefully I won't have to spend much money. I've been knitting scarves all year, gonna try fudge but def make some biscuits as token gifts. I've also managed to pick up a couple of freebie gifts for the kids but they are young so don't know any difference yet. Also got a couple of extra photos from the wedding at the time to give as gifts to our witnesses, gonna put them in a nice frame for christmas presents.

    Its our first DFW christmas and I'm hoping next year will be our first debt free christmas since before we could get credit!
  • Lucy1982 wrote: »
    :eek: I agree with that!! I have know idea how expensive they are but I know my PS2 was £100 when I bought it in Jan (pre LBM) and it's just not the expense of the PS3 the games are stupid prices!! Good luck on that one.

    Although I do have a friend who got his 4 year old a Wii for this birthday :eek:

    :eek: A Wii..... I wouldn't even be able to use a Wii and I'm 27!
    I think PS3s are about £400ish! And the games are £40ish each :eek:

    It is hard because he doesn't see his son very often, but hopefully he (OH) will realise that we can'y afford it.... I hate that kids expect so much, I really hope I can bring my son up not to expect loads of expensive presents! I have spent a total of £20 on him this year, and have told everyone else not to buy loads of things, and they can put money into his acc if they want..... how many toys can a child of 10mths at Xmas play with!?!

    Sarah x
    'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars' - Oscar Wilde
  • Lucy1982_2
    Lucy1982_2 Posts: 4,611 Forumite
    that's my attitude. I would rather give a little one an item of clothing for Christmas than toys.

    i got the same little boy a soft toy (little bear) when he was born, it was only cheap from Ikea and apparently he will still sleep with it occasionally.

    Hopefully your OH will realise it's not about how much money you spend.
    Current debt - £16,300 :(
    Debt at worst 17/03/2011 - £18,067.62:eek::eek:
    :ANot going anywhere else, ever again :A
  • I hope he does too!

    I bought DS a couple of toys cheap from work.... they are all a bit old for him, so hopefully they will last a long while..... His birthday is in Feb, and as he's growing so fast, he will just be geting clothes from me.
    'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars' - Oscar Wilde
  • Lucy1982_2
    Lucy1982_2 Posts: 4,611 Forumite
    My boss didn't get his daughter anything for her first christmas, they just put money in a bank account for her. Apparently between both sets of familys she had enough to keep her going!

    They knew it would be stupid so didn't bother, it's a bit different this year though, she just over 2 and knows sort of whats going on now!
    Current debt - £16,300 :(
    Debt at worst 17/03/2011 - £18,067.62:eek::eek:
    :ANot going anywhere else, ever again :A
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