Buying Christmas presents in the sales throughout the year is a fantasic way to save money, but this year we decided not to do that for our older Children.
This is because our older Childrens wants change so much. Last Christmas James loved ‘hot wheels’ toys, this year he loves robots and hasn’t touched his ‘hot wheels’ toys in months. We wanted buy him a few things we know he loves for Christmas, so we waited until late in the year to ask.
3 for 2
We managed to buy 6 of the childrens presents one 3 for 2 offers at Tesco saving over £65. The other presents we bought using an £100 Argos gift card from a faulty return earlier in the year. In total Christmas has cost us around £250.
We have also buy other small essentials to open on Christmas Day, like underwear, PJs, dressing gowns and slippers but I have counted those in with our clothes budget, rather than our Christmas one.
I love to buy matching clothes for the children, its my financial indulgence. I try to find ways to match them, let them wear clothes they love and save money which can be challenging.
Last year we bought the eldest two girls new coats and they were slightly on the large size to fit jumpers underneath and also to get some wear out of them. We bought them on offer from Debenhams.
This year I decided I would like to buy my youngest the same coat. It took about 5 weeks of searching twice a week and a little bit of patience, but I found the same coat on Ebay in excellent condition.
It cost me £12 including postage, so around the same as I could have bought a new coat from a supermarket chain. The advantage of buying branded is that I should be able to resell on Ebay next year for at least £5 if its still in good condition.
I have a box full of childrens clothes and shoes that need sorting through and selling. I plan on selling the shoes and small bundles of matching sizes (especially branded goods) on Ebay and everything else on our local Facebook selling groups. This will be a challenge for me as I usually donate all our old clothes.
I discovered Matched Betting at the end of november, and thought I would give it a shot. My aim is to make £200 in December
Continue Meal Planning
Create a Christmas Menu
A few weeks ago I created a new meal planner to help me plan our weekly meals, its free to download here. I want to create a Christmas menu and shopping list in similar style to help us organise and save money on our festive shop.
Make a Christmas Tree Wall Decoration
I spotted this photo on Instagram and I love the simplicity of it. I have white paint and some lights I think will work so I am going to try!