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    • skintmumof3
    • By skintmumof3 11th Nov 09, 8:32 AM
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    best old style money saving christmas hints and tips
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    • 11th Nov 09, 8:32 AM
    best old style money saving christmas hints and tips 11th Nov 09 at 8:32 AM
    hi
    i thought with christmas just around the corner it would be handy to have some os christmas money saving hints and tips thread.
    especially as most of us are having to pull in the belt this year......

    well here is one of my favourites.
    i love making the clove oranges to hang either on the tree or place around the house.
    just get one orange and wrap a ribbon cross ways around it. then just place some cloves to cover the orange. very simple and effective and they smell lovely.
    hth
    skint
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    • Muppet81
    • By Muppet81 11th Nov 09, 9:08 AM
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    • 11th Nov 09, 9:08 AM
    Use simple brown paper and parcel tags to wrap pressies. If you have a Christmas stamp and a gold ink pad use this to make it pretty or cut angels out of doilies and stick onto parcel. If delivering on the big day itself, just decorate with a sprig of holly.
    Inexspensive and has a nice old fashioned feel.
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    • 11th Nov 09, 10:41 AM
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    • 11th Nov 09, 10:41 AM
    My two hints:

    1. be careful when getting caught up in the home-made is cheaper idea - it may be lovely, individual, thoughtful, taste/look better etc. but it may well be more expensive. Card-making is one example where people can end up spending loads more money than they realise.

    2. Do a Christmas Menu plan - including all the things you only cook at Christmas, the extra cakes etc. and actually sit down with the recipes and write your shopping list. Several years ago I assumed what I would need following years of doing Christmases and ended up with four pints of double cream and six bars of dark chocolate leftover because I'd changed my mind about a few puddings but hadn't made a list! Made a heck of a fondue though!

    • Apricot
    • By Apricot 11th Nov 09, 2:44 PM
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    • 11th Nov 09, 2:44 PM
    Homemade decorations can be really lovely and cost very little. Traditional things like coloured paper chains are really nice hung up in place of tinsel. Very attractive tree decorations are small match boxes wrapped up like presents with paper glued on to look like ribbons and a thread attatched for hanging. Cookies on ribbons are lovely - if you want to eat them better make them a bit last minute! Use a drinking straw to make a small hole near the top prior to baking for the ribbons. For a very natural look to the tree slice oranges thinly, skins and all, into round slices and dry them out on your oven's lowest setting for a few hours - then thread them on ribbon or string. Gather pine cones in the woods, dry them near a radiator for a while (days, weeks) - dot them with glue and sprinkle with glitter - garden centres charge a lot for these! They look lovely piled round the bottom of the tree.
  • Mum on a mission
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    • 11th Nov 09, 4:05 PM
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    • 11th Nov 09, 4:05 PM
    Cards and how many you can end up sending seems a place to look at from an OS point of view. The cards cost, and so does the postage.

    Places were you might usually send cards to several people - make one fab one and hang addressed to all. I usually make a small donation in lieu of the saved cost but that bit is not compulsory!

    Are actual physical cards necessary - would an e-card be better? There are some lovely free sites, and children seem to love the process of "building" an e-card. Or a nice long newsy letter instead?

    We're getting to grips with skype, and trying to introduce it to friends and family. We can then share our wishes "face to face" however far apart we are and maybe so many cards will not be as necessary for us anymore.

    But there will always be people to whom a card means a lot - perhaps relatives & friends who are alone, a first Christmas in a different way to usual. Those cards will always be needed but sometimes we just get into I always send a card to - maybe time to reflect first and redo the card list?

    just a small thought,

    Moam
    • maman
    • By maman 11th Nov 09, 4:15 PM
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    • 11th Nov 09, 4:15 PM
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    • 11th Nov 09, 4:15 PM
    Various ideas use ribbon: tags, decorations etc I always save the hanging 'loops' from inside jumpers etc, useful and stops them poking out and annoying me!
    • Jevvers
    • By Jevvers 12th Nov 09, 12:35 PM
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    • 12th Nov 09, 12:35 PM
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    • 12th Nov 09, 12:35 PM
    Last year for a table decoration I got all the satsumas/ clementines which we had bought anyway (all on a two for one) and put them in the bottom of a clear tank vase then I put holly sprigs above them. Looked v stylish and cost pence AND we could still eat the oranges when we dismantled it after the meal
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  • InfamyInfamy
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    • 12th Nov 09, 12:51 PM
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    I always try to make a new decoration for the tree each year...like a little stocking embroidered with one of our pets names etc. It is also a nice reminder when the pet is no longer with you.
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  • SallyForth
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    • 12th Nov 09, 1:02 PM
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    I think one of the best way's is not to be 'woo'd' by what the Supermarkets think we need to have in for Christmas Day! lets face it, we need something nice for brekkie, the items for the Chrismas Dinner, maybe something for a light supper in the evening (Everyone in our house is too full for much else). A few chocs, some drinks and that about it. The stuff the shops have you believe you should buy in, is staggering really.
  • scrimpingbadger
    Got this one out of a Cath Kidston catalogue (I never buy anything - just copy the ideas!): slice up an orange and dry in the oven on low. Thread a ribbon through them and voila, a tree dec wot smells nice.
    Me and the rug rat might try that one..
  • _Layla_
    I'm making my own Christmas crackers this year, similar to ones I made in school many, many moons ago! They don't 'bang' but they look great. .

    Toilet roll tubes
    Crepe paper
    Ribbons/Glitter/Glue/Cotton wool for snow etc
    A little sweetie treat inside each one.

    Put a treat inside the toilet roll tube, roll the tube up in crepe paper (allowing enough on either side to twist) tie twists with ribbon, and decorate as you wish.

    Simples (And much better than paying stupid money for them!)
  • Peartree
    Cards and how many you can end up sending seems a place to look at from an OS point of view. The cards cost, and so does the postage.
    Originally posted by Mum on a mission
    In our large office, rather than everyone sending everyone else a card, we buy one large card. Everyone writes a personal Christmas message on it for everyone else and sticks 1 (or more if feeling generous) in a box. We then give the money to our chosen charity for the year (someone will take the money and then do it through Giftaid to get the maximum donation).

    We all save money and effort, a charity benefits, its very much in the spirit of Christmas, what could be better?
  • Mrs Thrify
    I'm making my own Christmas crackers this year, similar to ones I made in school many, many moons ago! They don't 'bang' but they look great. .

    Toilet roll tubes
    Crepe paper
    Ribbons/Glitter/Glue/Cotton wool for snow etc
    A little sweetie treat inside each one.

    Put a treat inside the toilet roll tube, roll the tube up in crepe paper (allowing enough on either side to twist) tie twists with ribbon, and decorate as you wish.

    Simples (And much better than paying stupid money for them!)
    Originally posted by _Layla_
    Layla, toilet roll tubes are a no, no. theese days after they have been in the bathroom. then you are putting food in them. You are not allowed to use them in any crafts because of hygine. You can cut down kitchen roll inners instead.
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  • _Layla_
    Layla, toilet roll tubes are a no, no. theese days after they have been in the bathroom. then you are putting food in them. You are not allowed to use them in any crafts because of hygine. You can cut down kitchen roll inners instead.
    Originally posted by julie_d

    I didn't think about using kitchen roll... would have been much easier than what i did which was buy smart price toilet roll and push the tubes out from underneath the tissue. My kids don't mind using the tissue without the cardboard tube lol.
    I wouldn't use them from the bathroom, I'm not THAT frugal but thanks for picking up on it, I didn't really explain that I had taken necessary hygenic precautions
    • northwest1965
    • By northwest1965 12th Nov 09, 7:07 PM
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    Cards and how many you can end up sending seems a place to look at from an OS point of view. The cards cost, and so does the postage.

    Places were you might usually send cards to several people - make one fab one and hang addressed to all. I usually make a small donation in lieu of the saved cost but that bit is not compulsory!

    Are actual physical cards necessary - would an e-card be better? There are some lovely free sites
    Moam
    Originally posted by Mum on a mission
    This year I have emailed at least 20 people (family) and told them i am not sending cards this year! Instead I am making a donation to a charity of my choice
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    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 12th Nov 09, 7:10 PM
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    This year I have emailed at least 20 people (family) and told them i am not sending cards this year! Instead I am making a donation to a charity of my choice
    Originally posted by northwest1965
    I only send cards to people I don't see that often - I don't see the point of sending a card to someone I see very day and can SAY Happy Christmas to!
    • Patchwork Quilt
    • By Patchwork Quilt 12th Nov 09, 7:16 PM
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    A bowl filled with spare baubles looks nice on a shelf.

    We always save wrapping paper throughout the year and reuse at Christmas, mainly because I dislike seeing all the presents wrapped in the same paper. We make labels from last year's cards. We do make cards with the scraps if I can find a cheap set of blanks/envelopes.

    This year, we have made our own cake (gluten free), pickles and chutneys. We will make shortbread and mince pies nearer the time. Boxes of pies might be cheaper but the temptation is to buy too many. I hope to be eating our own parsnips and sprouts from the allotment. We will be having a chicken instead of a turkey, because it is smaller and there is less waste.

    Also, I have been shopping in the sales since October to get one or two presents for less.

    After Christmas, I will buy our wrapping paper and some cards for next year when they are half price.
    • queen of string
    • By queen of string 12th Nov 09, 7:21 PM
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    I made a pile of these one year for tree decorations. use an unbent paper clip to hang them and, done in nice colours ( or draw on by rugrats) they look very effective.

    http://isorhythm.net/origami/cube.html
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    • Apricot
    • By Apricot 12th Nov 09, 7:25 PM
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    Home-made gifts can be great as well and they show you've thought long and hard about something special. I once made my cousin, who had just moved into her own place a recipe book, I typed up family recipes and found some internet recipes that I thought she would like and put them all together in a pretty display book which cost about 1.50 - two years later the recipe book is still a regular sight on her kitchen worktop. Another fab present is "a hug in a mug" - basically buy a mulitpack of cheap mugs, multipack of flakes, bag of marshmallows & hot chocolate sachets - assemble them in a mug and wrap in cellophane - tie with ribbon and maybe a bauble and voila! Great looking gifts for a minimal amount!

    Frugality doesn’t take the joy out of Christmas. In many ways, it adds to it. It’s a great feeling to find a perfect gift for only a fiver. Besides, when I think back to Christmases past, it’s not the gifts I remember, but the time spent with friends and family
    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 12th Nov 09, 9:16 PM
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    I made our Christmas table cloth from a length of gold & cream fabric from Dunelm Mill, I think it cost 8 to cover a long refectory style table & make napkins. It will pay for itself in 3 years but last far longer.

    I look out for Christmas themed dishes, plates etc in charity shops & car boot sales through the year - practical decorations. Looking carefully I've found Wedgewood & Coalport in among the drunken santas!

    For the past 20 years I've stuck to the same colour scheme for the tree - red & gold - so it looks elegant. Mind you, we also have the more traditional 'psychedelic explosion' look on the dining room tree with all the kids' decorations from way back....... it wouldn't be Christmas without them!
    Last edited by luxor4t; 12-11-2009 at 9:24 PM.
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