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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Letters to Saint Nick: Christmas on a budget



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 When the carved pumpkins wilt and turn into compost and the last firework has exploded into a million colourful sparks across the sky; little children with great imaginations and a heart full of dreams and wishes will choose their favourite pen and the brightly coloured paper with the curly edges to scribble a letter to dear old Saint Nick for presents chosen from the backs of catalogues or the latest cartoon craze taking over the nation.

And if like me, you still keep the magic of Christmas alive then as the last 't' is crossed and the final 'i' dotted you will be ready to trawl the internet and the supermarkets for all the Christmas goodies on the Christmas list.

And on Christmas day, as the clock strikes three on Christmas afternoon and family and friends from near and far, clamber into their living rooms with Christmas hats balancing awkwardly on slightly tipsy heads, stomachs filled with turkey, goose fat potatoes and two helpings of Christmas pudding and a toast is made to honour the Queen's speech we will be thankful for another year, filled with festive cheer and togetherness.

 The rest of the evening will be spent playing board games, watching an array of Christmas specials, eating way too many chocolates and struggling to put over excited children to bed and as that calm takes over the house, the realisation that the two months of planning is over and that all that is left is the glimmer of gold tinsel and the scrunched up wrapping paper shoved into the bins  alongside the brussel sprouts that no one liked.

On boxing day as you pick at the cold meats and contemplate tackling the sales from the comfort of your living room, it's only then with a bank balance verging on empty will you stop to really reconsider the cost of Christmas....


 If we had to stop, stop right now and really think about what we'd like for Christmas, is it a want or a need? If there was no December 25th would you be able to go without that swanky new coat or could little one go without that extra furniture for her doll house? Most probably and with the cost of everyday items raising ( 5p bag anyone? ha! ) I for one will try to curb my Christmas spending and not go to crazy whilst on Father Christmas duties, although I'm sure I won't beat one lovely lady I know who spends well over five hundred pounds on each of her children and grand children!!!


How are you budgeting for Christmas 2015?


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19 comments

  1. Nearly every year I say I'm gonna be organised and buy presents early so that I can budget better. But to be honest being last minute and stressing actually feels Christmasy to me!

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  2. I've already got all presents bought for the family and yesterday, when I went to Asda's during my lunch hour, I've got their ex display wooden dolls house for £15 and all the furniture for £7.50 (It's reduced to clear at the moment). I know my little one will love it regardless of how much I have paid for it. This will be her second Christmas and hubby and I are on a mission to not get caught up in the craziness of spending a fortune during this time of the year. She already has everything she needs: us ;)

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  3. I set myself a budget per person I'm buying for, but I've already gone over it eeeeek!! And it's only October! There really is no hope for me when it comes to Christmas spending

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  4. I set a budget per person for family members, and I try to start shopping for my kids early on and take advantage of any sales I spot...I find that helps keep the costs down considerably! xx

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  5. I just don't know how to do xmas on a budget. i never set a budget at Christmas and we just go totally bonkers on everyone lol. I used to try and set a budget until we had kids and now we just spend and spend on them. I wish I could stick to an xmas budget. x

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  6. I am terrible when it comes to Christmas and totally spoil my children, I dread to think how much I spend as I have never added it up but it will be over £500 each. I buy things throughout the year when I see them on offer and then forget I have them and go on a mad shopping spree in November but I just love Christmas and make sure that we only spend what we can afford and have never gotten into any debt. I totally agree that the best part about Christmas is not the gifts though but about spending time with family without work and housework getting in the way xx

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  7. I wont have much money for christmas so im doing the something you need, something you read, something you want etc which i read on a blog the other day. I managed to get some looking brand new books from a charity shop and will save a little each week to try and get a doll and some clothing items as well as a few santa stocking fillers! I usually shop way in advance but this year we haven't had the cash and I've been too unwell.... but christmas will me great... I will make it good!

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  8. I think this year I am gonna have to do Christmas on a budget, I'm broke! I'm sure it's possible though, Christmas shouldn't be about material things. x

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  9. I always go overboard at Xmas and it is because I love showering the people I love with gifts. This year I am broke so I want to budget my spending.

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  10. You are right. It is not good to overspend. You don't need expensive presents to make your kids happy. I always talk to my kids long time before Christmas and teach them how to make each other happy with little things on Christmas day.

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  11. Such a good post and get me thinking your dead right we should all look at our list and ask that question is it a want or a need?

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  12. £500?! I definitely won't be spending that on my son! I love Christmas and all the best things about it are what you described, the traditions and spending time with the people you love. That's how I want my son to think if Christmas, not just a reason to get a load of new stuff. Great post.

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  13. We don't really have that much money to overspend but we do find ourselves struggling for a while after Christmas. This year we are going to try not to overspend as the children have so much already, it is so ridiculous to keep doing this to ourselves!!

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  14. I can't believe you know someone who spends over £500 each on her children and grandchildren, that is crazy! With that being said, I only have the one child and have spent that on him before, but that's just one person! My son only has my side of the family, as his dad was a refugee and orphan, his parents we're sadly killed in the Sierra Leone 'Blood Diamonds' war, so unlike my nephews, who have two lots of families, my son only has one, so in reality, he gets the same as the other children, only just from me! I'm seriously worried about this Christmas, as I moved into a diabolical house that has seen me spending 1000s! x

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  15. I usually have a budget in mind for each person, but it will flex depending on what I want to get them. My family were always more restrictive on present budgets, while the OHs are more generous. Thankfully the older 4 nephews all get money, so we know that's a set budget to keep to.

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  16. Wow £500 that's crazy! My boys will be nearly 3 and nearly 1 years old with their birthdays in Jan so we don't go overboard as they don't need anything. I follow a moto I found on pinterest: 4 gift rule - something they want, something they need, something they wear and something they read. But only give a £45 budget each (plus any tesco/ boots points if needed) as we buy during sales through the year.

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  17. £500 EACH! Bloomin heck I think that is mental. I really don't go overboard at all, we also only buy for the kids in the family and not aunties and unles etc. Keeps costs down!

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  18. £500????? Oh my gosh! On each children and grandchildren??? That's insane! I'm not a nice example of Christmas Shopping Organization, I always shop on the last day 23 and 24 of December (I know, I'm crazy). This year I want to change that up! So I'm already organizing all the presents, how much it will cost and when should I buy them.

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  19. I find it hard to control myself at Christmas, I must admit. I'm like a kid in a toy store. Literally. But, when it comes down to it, the things I enjoy the most on the day are absolutely free. It's good to remind ourselves of that I think.

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