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  • pinkladymel
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    • 10th May 09, 1:28 PM
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    • 10th May 09, 1:28 PM
    What's this thread about?
    • Does your partner disown you for mentioning Christmas earlier than November?
    • Do you love creating lists but have to keep it a dirty little secret?
    • Do you long to be organised for special occasions but need a little help on the domestic goddess status?
    • Do you love bargains and long for more ideas on how to get the most out of your money?
    Then come and join us!!

    We are all crazy about Christmas and being organised for special occasions so it's nice to have somewhere to share this with.. without feeling like you are insane

    We aim to be completely organized for special events but as cheaply as possible so that when the special days come around, there are no worries.. just happy memories and a feeling of smugness

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    We currentely run the following things, but you can take part in as little or as many as you like:


    On the 25th of each month we gather together to celebrate and share Christmas preparations, counting down the months until the big day.
    I souce inspiration and ideas to share with you and we all share and reveal our ideas and work so far.

    We also have a challenge set each month to help guide you in the right direction towards getting the smaller occasions organised and remembered! (mothers day etc)

    Mays Rudolph Day:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.html?p=21847677&postcount=606

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    Christmas Money Pot:
    We are currentely saving all of our loose change etc in a SEALED pot to be opened together on:

    Saturday OCTOBER 10th

    You may open your tins whenever you wish (Obviously) But I thought it would be fun to open ours as a group on the day everything kicks off (Organized Christmas starts, Boots catalogue is out etc)

    Ideas for this include:
    • Emptying your change every sunday from your purse (Coppers and silvers)
    • Filling it as and when you can afford
    • Making a new years resolution (Swearing or dieting for example) and putting in 50p each time you break it.
    • Everytime you receive a two pounds coin put it in the tin.
    • Filling the tin with your earnings from surveys or smaller Ebay sales.
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    Organized Christmas

    There is a reason it is spelt with a 'z' and that is not because I am American or illiterate Each October we begin the countdown to Christmas together by pledging to follow:
    http://organizedchristmas.com
    If you click on the main page, at the top there is a list of plans to follow ranging from being organised to completely clearing the house.
    Last edited by pinkladymel; 25-05-2009 at 1:04 PM.
    • jamtart6
    • By jamtart6 10th May 09, 1:36 PM
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    jamtart6
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    • 10th May 09, 1:36 PM
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    • 10th May 09, 1:36 PM
    Thanks Mel! Have asked for other thread to be locked will link this thread to end of old one

    Being Thrifty Gifty again this year


    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 10th May 09, 1:40 PM
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    Anglea
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    • 10th May 09, 1:40 PM
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    • 10th May 09, 1:40 PM
    Hi Mel,

    I started using the Organised Christmas website this year as I have been very forgetful over the last few years and wanted to get myself sorted.

    Even with a new special occasions folder full of cards, I still managed to miss a birthday this month and as for the home made presents I was hoping to make- forget it!

    I've made lists to cover every area of the house, garden, special occasions etc as my main focus this year is on organising the home although I prefer to be thinking about Christmas and making the decorations. I've made a lot of these already and will leave them for the finishing off stages later in the year.

    I used to be able to do all this naturally, without any prompts but I think it's because my family situation has changed and I'm lucky if I know what day of the week it is, let alone if I'm supposed to be making, sending, organising anything LOL
  • pinkladymel
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    • 10th May 09, 1:43 PM
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    • 10th May 09, 1:43 PM
    No probs Jammy!

    Hiya Anglea I can absolutely relate to everything you just said! I thought I was organised last year and then as soon as one event slipped through the net I just let it all fall apart and tried to get on with it as the occasion came. This year I am picking up bargains as I see them but more importantly, I am trying to declutter and organise my home READY for the organizedchristmas countdown so that I have loads of time to sew and bake in the glow of fairy lights. It can't be all bad, right?
    Self Certified Christmas Addict
    • focus888
    • By focus888 10th May 09, 1:47 PM
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    focus888
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    • 10th May 09, 1:47 PM
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    • 10th May 09, 1:47 PM
    Can i join this thread aswel? im not quite certain what the difference is between this thread and the one jamtart created but i think they are all things i want to improve on. being more orgainised, thrifty and getting ready for xmas
    Saving for Xmas 2017 - #65
    365 Penny challenge - #16
    How Much Will You Spend in 2017 - #16
  • pinkladymel
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    • 10th May 09, 2:05 PM
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    • 10th May 09, 2:05 PM
    Can i join this thread aswel? im not quite certain what the difference is between this thread and the one jamtart created but i think they are all things i want to improve on. being more orgainised, thrifty and getting ready for xmas
    Originally posted by focus888
    YAY!! It's great to have you come join us from our original thread Back in t'olden days me and Jammy run two seperate threads. Hers is aimed towards being money neutral (so it's all about money and how to get it, saving it etc) and mine was aimed towards being organised for all occasions. Jammy has now decided she would like the threads seperate again so here we are.

    Sorry to cause any confusion
    Self Certified Christmas Addict
  • mary43
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    • 10th May 09, 2:07 PM
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    • 10th May 09, 2:07 PM
    Just posted on the other thread...............:confused: but as I don't do these 'money neutral' things I think this is where I should be.
    I try and be as thrifty as poss. for birthdays and christmas and last year did well with shoe boxes and baskets of stuff I'd got dirt cheap at boot fairs and charity shops -unwanted pressies that had been handed in etc.
    Even had some left over,plus a few 'unwanted pressies' of my own or stuff I didn't need/want anymore.......so I've been picking up little bargains everytime I've been out.

    Just come back from boot fair -spent princely sum of 5 on 3 plants for the garden and some silly bits for christmas pressies..........all 20p and 50p so bargains all of 'em.
    Think I'll have to start sorting out my spare room of hoarded stuff so I know what I've got and don't get the same thing again..............lol
    Mary

    I'm creative -you can't expect me to be neat too !
    (Good Enough Member No.48)
  • pinkladymel
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    • 10th May 09, 2:13 PM
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    • 10th May 09, 2:13 PM
    Do you ever upload pics Mary? I think TBH that you're a moneysaving for occasions veteran and we need your guidance LOL I love carbooting, glad you got a great haul.

    I am loving the idea of regifting. I have loads of smelly sets that are absolutely lovely but I have enough to last the next 5 years
    Self Certified Christmas Addict
    • focus888
    • By focus888 10th May 09, 2:20 PM
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    focus888
    I am loving the idea of regifting. I have loads of smelly sets that are absolutely lovely but I have enough to last the next 5 years
    Originally posted by pinkladymel
    I did this last year didnt know i was being thrifty thought i was just being cheap. But its good because i wasnt going to use them all and it meant saving money.

    where else do you go hunting for bargains? i dont noramlly go carbooting
    Saving for Xmas 2017 - #65
    365 Penny challenge - #16
    How Much Will You Spend in 2017 - #16
  • melissa75
    Hello ladies can I join too???? I'm not as organised this year as I was last, but I've bought a few toys this week from amazon that were reduced to put away for my brats. Also there's a code available for free delivery from the lego shop if you spend over 30 quid, so I'm thinking of getting a few bits for youngest son while the offers on for his birthday. And for those of you that don't know - my third son is due in July so I'll have a baby to plan around too for xmas!
  • pinkladymel
    Focus888 I am always on Hotukdeals looking at the latest bargains and trying to get all of the things for family that I know can go away in my Christmas cupboard. I wait up till stupid 'o' clock every year and do the Boots 75% off sale too. I love to go to Home Bargains and check out loads of cheap things for hampers.

    Ohhh Mel you are here!! *does a dancey dance* That is SO cool I have got to check the Lego shop out now because Lee would freak if I got him another Star wars ship for his birthday but it's hard to sneak one out of Toys R Us when he is there LOL What did you get from Amazon?
    Self Certified Christmas Addict
  • FreebieRocker
    Can I join too? I'm always looking for things like this, although I only recently found this website xD
    I go to carboots when I can to get gifts and go to warehouse shops to get things cheaper than retail price. I also look on eBay a lot.
  • chocolate.orange
    :confused: Now i am very confussed

    I thought that money saving was all about being money neutral ?? Therefore should be on the other thread ?

    Organised is about what you have done to get organised eg bought this and made that
    Money neutral is about saving,making money and doing what you can to make Christmas and other events as pain free walletwise for everyone
    :confused:

    Im not sure where to post now ???

    I dont really do money neutral because because of my love of spending.. But i do survey sites and want to start selling more on ebay. I have a sealed tin too for later in the year and collect 2 to go into bank to fund my christmas spends through the year. So surely this is money saving ??

    As for organised. I have a book with gifts i have bought, lists of who i need to buy for. Lists of birthdays i need to buy for. Gifts that i need to make for occasions... So surely this is the organised bit ??

    Just feels to me as if this thread is a continuation of thrifty gifty..But with a change of name

    Would it not be easier for people to keep the moneysaving and money neutral bit together ?
    Then keep what you have done to be organised here ?

    Sorry if i offend anyone.... Just not sure where exactly to post, as i find the thread title very confusing
    furrypig says:my name is Choccy and I am addicted to nose free stamps as I want to save them all and give them noses!!!
    About me. Im Choccy or Chocolate orange depending on where i am.Yes occasionally i am a total looon who spends too long online,but no where near as much as her spendy elves do ..
    • mhagster
    • By mhagster 10th May 09, 3:25 PM
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    mhagster
    No show without punch.........here I am!
    For those that don't know me....I am Money saving Mhagster.....superhero bargain hunter! I love a bargain, I totally adore Christmas and all birthday celebrations of my family and easter and Halloween. I have a cupboard where all my celebratory stuff lives, along side my beautiful wrapping papers and ribbons. I like my gifts to look beautiful when wrapped.
    I am fairly organised for this Christmas already. I love to feel smug come December when everyone is running round like a daftie and I am all sorted! i love to decorate my home, although do not decorate too early....unlike some( PLM) you know who you are!!! I love to cook for Christmas and last year I did dinner very cheaply by buying reduced food in Supermarket and freezing.

    I am a bit crafty, I make my own cards but now it's on an as and when basis rather than having a stock to chose from when I first got into cardmaking. Would like to have more time to do cards and scrapbooking but always seem to have other stuff to do.....and kind of have to be in the right mood .

    Hopefully familiar faces will join us here and any lurkers will join in too...go on , we don't bite !!!
  • mary43
    pinkladymel

    Do you ever upload pics Mary? I think TBH that you're a moneysaving for occasions veteran and we need your guidance LOL I love carbooting, glad you got a great haul.
    Can't do piccys as I don't have the hi tech stuff (scanner, digicamera) so you have to use your imagination with anything I come up with........lol

    I started giving away unwanted stuff when I was decluttering the other year........bells rang in my little head that if I put it in the charity shop someone would pay 1 so why not re-use it myself and pass it on (have to make sure it doesn't go back to the person who gave it to me....lol)
    Both teenage grandchildren have more than enough and I can't afford the sort of things they might have on their 'wish list' so they get a shoe box (all nicely covered) full off odds and sods........some useful, some silly.Same goes for both my sons,old as they are. They love a surprise and boy do they get one.............Last year oldest on (now 41) said I'd lost the plot but loved it all.
    I try and concoct a lot of stuff off the 'crafty for christmas' thread (can hardly callmy bits 'creations') and if I can re-use something round the house and turn it into something else then I've done even better.

    Last year I set a target of 5 per person...........have to admit to going up to 10 on a few but, well,it was my first year at target setting.
    Make my own cards too..............gives me pleasure (call it occupational therapy) and I know a box of assorted would be cheaper but I've found people like the fact I've spent a bit of time just for them.

    So..............thats my ''moneysaving for occassions'' in a nutshell...............lol

    Oops -didn;;t realise Id waffled on so much...............lol
    Mary

    I'm creative -you can't expect me to be neat too !
    (Good Enough Member No.48)
  • pinkladymel
    Hiya Freebie Rocker and welcome to the thread, we are always on the lookout for bargains so you are welcome here lol I love warehouses too

    Chocolate Orange Money Neutral is about making money from nothing and getting gifts with the money to effectively be getting them for free.. Money saving is about getting things as cheap as you can and finding bargains. I hope I didn't offend anyone with my title and I hope you are not upset. Jammy has decided she would like her thread seperate again and I had to comply with that. My thread was always about getting organized and part of this was that we used to share our bargains together and fill our cupboards.

    Mhagster Oh no the nutter has arrived You are our resident superhero? LOL What reduced things did you get today then.. come on brag away LOL

    Mary I love the way you alter things found around the home into gifts.. my favourite last year was the mash tins you covered in paper. Unless I am talking rubbish LOL!!
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    • mhagster
    • By mhagster 10th May 09, 3:56 PM
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    mhagster
    will brag shortly.....heading out for my Sunday bargains soon!!
  • pinkladymel
    Got to bath the kids LOL see you later
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  • FreebieRocker
    Thanks for welcoming me I feel warehouse deprived at the moment as I havent been to one for about 3 weeks xD
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