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    • budgeteer
    • By budgeteer 30th May 11, 3:08 PM
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    Preparing for Christmas 2011
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    • 30th May 11, 3:08 PM
    Preparing for Christmas 2011 30th May 11 at 3:08 PM
    I know it's already almost June and many of you are all set for this years Jolly Holly Christmas , but I can't see a thread for those, like me, who are lagging a bit behind on our planning.

    I am opting for a Christmas that is frugal, fun and meaningful - rather than 'stuff' driven, and hoping to think in terms of some kind of budget and general menu plans now.

    For instance, I'd like to practice a bit of fudge-making, cake-baking etc which can be made as gifts for others as well as for ourselves. Can I find some new to us family games in the CS. No youngsters in our family now, but we still love the games

    PS I apologise in advance to all those peeps who HATE this kind of thread.
    VERY sorry too, if there is already a thread for Christmas 2011, but it didn't come up on a search
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    • lushlifesaver
    • By lushlifesaver 30th May 11, 3:16 PM
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    • 30th May 11, 3:16 PM
    I was just thinking about Christmas this morning actually. Mainly thinking that I should get a move on whilst I still can and get some stuff made and in to the freezer as it is now painfully low as well as putting some money by and beginning my gift lists.
    I live at home with my parents so I'm quite lucky in that I have time and resources to put in to family time like Christmas as the others aren't in to the whole planning/decorating excitement whereas it's one of my favourite times of the year!
    I'm aiming to make Christmas as cost neutral as possible this year so have been saving loyalty points and now that I've had to cancel my (working) summer in America I am going to put some of the money I had saved for that and a little of the insurance money once it comes in towards making this year amazing =)
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  • chella71
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    • 30th May 11, 3:19 PM
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    • 30th May 11, 3:19 PM

    Golly think I might have to go and hide under the bed!!

    P.s. if I could just sneak back and nibble a little fudge occasionally

    Chella x
    Last edited by chella71; 30-05-2011 at 3:19 PM. Reason: spelling
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  • pompeyfaith
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    • 30th May 11, 3:20 PM
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    Planning for Xmas leave it out lol November is quiet soon enough.
  • CH27
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    • 30th May 11, 3:20 PM
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    • 30th May 11, 3:20 PM

    It's not even June.






    I've got £200 squirreled away towards it already
    • budgeteer
    • By budgeteer 30th May 11, 3:24 PM
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    • 30th May 11, 3:24 PM
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    • 30th May 11, 3:24 PM
    Planning for Xmas leave it out lol November is quiet soon enough.
    Originally posted by pompeyfaith
    Now, Now. This is why there is an apology in my PS. You either love it or hate it. But for those who love it, it's never too early to prepare
    • budgeteer
    • By budgeteer 30th May 11, 3:29 PM
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    • 30th May 11, 3:29 PM
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    • 30th May 11, 3:29 PM

    It's not even June.






    I've got £200 squirreled away towards it already
    Originally posted by CH27
    You've been a good little squirrel
    • aplaceinthesun
    • By aplaceinthesun 30th May 11, 3:34 PM
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    • 30th May 11, 3:34 PM
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    • 30th May 11, 3:34 PM
    Thanks for starting this, within the last hour we have been talking about how soon christmas will creep up. Am hoping for some ideas and inspiration from joining in with you all and hope to make it as nice, but as frugal as possible, this year!
    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 30th May 11, 3:44 PM
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    • 30th May 11, 3:44 PM
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    Bizarrely Im another one who was making lists this morning adn thinking about Christmas.

    I have already logged a list on the computer about who I have to buy for. Im hoping though to try and make a few bits and pieces this christmas though as now I have a new addition in the form of my (presently) 10 month old daughter - she was only 5 months last Xmas so didnt really get it but this year she will be a bit more alert as to whats going on.

    Along with the added bonus that we have just managed to get ourself into a 3 bedroomed council house which is beautiful compared to the council flat we were living in so I'm excited to try and get that decorated too! so have been browsing on ebay etc for a few bits and pieces.

    Im looking forward to joining in here. Hoping my making can get underway as realistically I cant shop until after the summer holidays now as my little boy is 7 and very clued into whats going on! so for now I may get him to sit down and make a few bits with me in the holidays but I think a lot of fore planning is key for em at the minute and looking for ideas.

    Hoping this can be a relatively cheap christmas without losing any of the magic

    x x x x x x x x
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  • CH27
    You've been a good little squirrel
    Originally posted by budgeteer

    I intend to keep squirreling
    • budgeteer
    • By budgeteer 30th May 11, 4:30 PM
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    Bizarrely Im another one who was making lists this morning adn thinking about Christmas.

    I have already logged a list on the computer about who I have to buy for. Im hoping though to try and make a few bits and pieces this christmas though as now I have a new addition in the form of my (presently) 10 month old daughter - she was only 5 months last Xmas so didnt really get it but this year she will be a bit more alert as to whats going on.

    Along with the added bonus that we have just managed to get ourself into a 3 bedroomed council house which is beautiful compared to the council flat we were living in so I'm excited to try and get that decorated too! so have been browsing on ebay etc for a few bits and pieces.

    Im looking forward to joining in here. Hoping my making can get underway as realistically I cant shop until after the summer holidays now as my little boy is 7 and very clued into whats going on! so for now I may get him to sit down and make a few bits with me in the holidays but I think a lot of fore planning is key for em at the minute and looking for ideas.

    Hoping this can be a relatively cheap christmas without losing any of the magic

    x x x x x x x x
    Originally posted by sammy_kaye18
    Many congratulations on your new house
    • toddles*
    • By toddles* 30th May 11, 4:33 PM
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    As I have a newborn in September, Xmas shopping and planning will not be happening in the run up to xmas so I have been planning it for a while now. I have been to lots of NCT sales, carboots, etc to buy my DD pressies. she will be 3 at xmas so will not care in the slightest that the toys are not brand new.
    I also bought loads of decorations and few pressies for friends in the Janurary sales. I have all my xmas wrapping paper 10p a roll from the sales.
    my OH and I dont buy for each other, unless its something we would really like, (meaning we never buy for the sake of it).
    all I need to do really is some menu planning, but hoping that we get invited to my mums this year for the actual meal

    but I will still be making my ususal Christmas cake probably in August before baby comes.
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    • psso
    • By psso 30th May 11, 4:35 PM
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    Bugeteer,sorry to tell you, you`re a bit slow off the mark.

    Was off shopping yesterday and passed one of the local hotels. They`re advertising their` bring a party to our Christmas party` on a huge banner outside the building. They`re obviously getting geared up already .

    I was just thinking the other day I`ll have to get my thinking cap on for knitted pressies and bits and pieces for the grandkids seasonal school fayre. Lots of snowmen and santas maybe.
    I have to start early as like a lot of others, cash is limited so buying things bit by bit is the only way to do it for me.

    I`m putting away £1 a day, when I remember so should have a nice wee fund building up for the extras. Wrapping paper was bought in the sales in January so just need something to wrap in it now.
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    • budgeteer
    • By budgeteer 30th May 11, 4:39 PM
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    As I have a newborn in September, Xmas shopping and planning will not be happening in the run up to xmas so I have been planning it for a while now. I have been to lots of NCT sales, carboots, etc to buy my DD pressies. she will be 3 at xmas so will not care in the slightest that the toys are not brand new.
    I also bought loads of decorations and few pressies for friends in the Janurary sales. I have all my xmas wrapping paper 10p a roll from the sales.
    my OH and I dont buy for each other, unless its something we would really like, (meaning we never buy for the sake of it).
    all I need to do really is some menu planning, but hoping that we get invited to my mums this year for the actual meal

    but I will still be making my ususal Christmas cake probably in August before baby comes.
    Originally posted by toddles*
    Wow, you're doing well
  • youngmummy
    ohh i love xmas,,, its a wonderful but expensive time of year, when i have the spare cash will start buying things for OH and LO from june. most of the things for my LO are 2 for 15 pounds at ar**s. already have planned what we want to get him but keeping my eye out on gu*t**e and e*ay oh and am*zen as many get them cheaper i havent got any money saved yet, exept for my sealed pot ... we are trying to get the garden sorted at the moment once that it done i will concentrate on the financial side of xmas just preparing for it at the moment. how is everyone else doing x

    just write out my list of people to buy for for xmas 45 people and the total is £1150!!!
    i was going to buy each couple a tin of sweets £5 when on offer any cheaper alteratives if not i will stick with the tin of sweets
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  • SparklyClean
    Yay! THankyou for the thread. My mom thinks I'm nuts planning Christmas already!

    Have got a few presents for my 2 DDs, they were on offer, and something for my sister.

    Am planning some HM pressies so want to get started on them,and would really love to do some fudge making/chuntneys/jams and that sort of thing this year. I'll have probably eaten it all before Christmas though
    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 30th May 11, 5:52 PM
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    Now, Now. This is why there is an apology in my PS. You either love it or hate it. But for those who love it, it's never too early to prepare
    Originally posted by budgeteer
    I love Christmas, but it's still May I haven't even planned my summer holiday, so plenty of time yet

    I'll move this to the Special Occasions Board for now.

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  • NiceGuyEddie
    This thread http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2943918&page=13 is a good place to have a look OP. It'll slowly crank up a gear as we get closer to Christmas, come Sept/Oct time it'll be v. busy
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    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 30th May 11, 8:02 PM
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    i was going to buy each couple a tin of sweets £5 when on offer any cheaper alteratives if not i will stick with the tin of sweets
    Originally posted by youngmummy
    Could you not bake or make something yourself?

    Truffles
    Peppermint creams
    fudge
    shortbread

    are all easy to make and require little effort or fanciness and then you could wrap them yourself in cellophane bags as gifts. Might save you a few quid

    x
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    • Wee Pilsbury
    • By Wee Pilsbury 30th May 11, 8:20 PM
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    Hi all

    It's amazing how quickly it creeps up on you - i swear I looked at the calendar a few weeks ago and it was only February where does time go?

    I actually did some Christmas shopping on Saturday - I bought my one and only brand new(ish) nephew some toys from Argos - using the vouchers I've managed to save from Shop and Scan and Valued Opinions. Best of all, I got another £5 voucher from Argos for spending over (just) £50.00 .

    This year, for the first time, I've even managed to persuade the family to have a cost limit on presents for the adults (£15 max) and just to buy for the wee ones. That will certainly help my budget and I'm sure everyone was at the very least secretly glad we all agreed!

    So, now my challenge is to get the best presents possible for £15 per person including any that I make. Should be easy for the first time in donkey's years
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