DP thinks I'm mental!(80 Posts)
Started this years Christmas shopping last Saturday (few reduced decs to replace broken/6 rolls wrapping paper for a quid/cards for school and us/couple of stocking fillers/new snow blanket to replace tatty old one) spent about 4 quid on the lot
So on Saturdays list for this week I have more stocking fillers & am going to mooch around & see what else is on offer cheap.
Plus I was going to get started on the odd little bits of crafty/making I do do for Christmas.....
Please tell me I'm NOT mental & I'm NOT alone in having started already.........................................
No way are you alone!
I bought Xmas dried flowers in Tesco on Sunday, already spying out the best deals on wrapping paper and already tried to order my first pressie. Was oos unfortunately
(Bargainous Unicorn necklace from Tesco)
so glad it's not just me!
I'm going to get stocking presents done by end of Feb, then we're moving so once we move the 3/4 'main' presents each and clothes bits will start
Not been in Tesco or Asda yet...will be on Saturday to see what I can pick up. Wasn't impressed with Wilko this year (last year) though, not much to start with & barely reduced any of it by last Saturday. Usually my one-stop-shop for reduced Xmas paper/cards
Sorry but your DP is right you are mental!
I am not at all jealous of your super organisational skills, not me!
My best shopping day is the last Wednesday of January!
Boots 75% off sale
But how do you know what your kids will want next year? I wouldn't have the faintest clue where to start!
oooh, I never normally shop in Boots (like to mooch and look at all the bits I can't afford but not actually shop), but if it's 75% off then I think I may just pop it on my calendar
stockings are always the same bits....vests/knickers/toothbrushes/matey/socks/choc coins/maybe lypsyl this year since dd2 (3yo) pinches mine/couple of xmas themed bits (magic growing trees or something like that) and then a couple of individual bits when we get near
clothes are still picked by me so can do dresses/pj's/jumper/trousers each without worrying about that
As to main presents..dd1 who is almost 6 keeps banging on about 'her own laptop' so may look into a kiddy tablet of some kind for her & dd2 likes my camera (gift from mn xmas appeal a couple of years ago & gets loads of use) so possibly a kiddiezoom
And then other stuff will be things they spy through the year/don't stop waffling about
They're pretty easily pleased really....dd2 got a tea set in a tea pot and creative cakes lego this year. First two gifts she opened & it took until very late afternoon to convince her to open something else to see what it was she was that busy with them
I have bought some bought some wrapping paper (66% off in BHS), and some half price Doctor Who Character Build sets and Sanctuary gift sets (half price in boots).
Usually I buy for DS throughout the year as his interests don't change and it helps me to spread the cost but this year I have set up a weekly standing order to a savings account instead and will start shopping nearer the time.
I like to be prepared and I don't like to pay full price for things. Nothing crazy about that!
Dd is 14 now, but I do lip balms, funny tissues, comb, all sorts.
Also did tree and table pressies for family, I got Top Gear silly putty for the men, "put your own photo in a keyring" thingies, a bird house with fudge blah blah
Toiletry sets for dd friends, just tonnes of bits.
Those wine gift sets they do in BHS went down to £3 in the end! Glass and mini bottle of wine and choco, I get all sorts.
I always used to buy cards and wrapping paper in the sale - not organised enough now.
DM followed my lead one year, and they had an enormous flood which ruined everything, so not much of a saving there!
I have just this second had a very similar conversation with my DP .
I think his parting words were "can you at least wait until she has played with this years toys before you buy any more"!
I've bought a few bits, but haven't had time to go out to any shops. Have bought some craft/make your own decoration kits.
DD will be 3.5 next christmas, so I have been looking at playmobil sets - what the cheapest prices were this year for them, and putting them on to camelcamelcamel to track. That way I won't miss a bargain.
Have bought her first present - they had a playmobil set reduced to £5 the other day, that was a really good bargain, but it has finished now.
BHS will be getting a visit as well then. Would be nice to get other people a 'proper' present without spending a lot.
We have an agreement with the adults in our family that £5 max per adult & whatever they want on the kids. There's 5 kids so far between us and BIL (and his various ex partners) so we thought it better to concentrate on the kids & grown ups tend to get littler bits and bobs to open
Ooh Boots 75% off QOD
Is it selected things like Christmas stock and gift sets then?
On line or instore?
I've never been to it (but now that I know about it.....)
That'll be the 30th ?
Excellent, completely forgot about the boots sale til you just said, have put the date on the calender
I don't think you're mental
I was hoping to get wrapping paper, nice stockings, wooden advent calendar and maybe a make your own cracker set. I'm not very well at the moment though so can't get into town. Useful info about the Boots sale, thanks. DH used to work there so we'd get even more money off, those were the days!
I am thinking of a few ways to be more organised this year. Eg the stocking fillers - we have settled on some things they will get every year (toothbrush, flannel, vests/socks/undies) so I can get them earlier although I wouldn't do it now as I don't know what characters they'll like.
YourHand - we got some dr who bits too. The Daleks were very well received and are now patrolling the toy castle defending the treasure also built the tardis which despite my concerns seems to be pretty sturdy.
I got some, great bits in boots last year, but I am hesitant to wait till 75 off as all that is usually left are Dove things and royal jelly things in our store. Although I did fine a fab soap and glory hand tin last year, lurking at the back! Bonus!
I have already bought paper, tags, a few table decorations and some stocking fillers, same a sprevious poster, the things that they always get- bath fizzes, stationery, notebooks etc
I've bought quite a few gift sets in Boots 50% off. Wrapping paper and cards in primark down to 50p a pack!
Is the Boots 75% as late as the 30th this year? I remember it being around my bday last year which is mid month
I would love to do this (with wrapping paper etc that is always knockdown from Jan) but where the heck do you keep it all year??
I'll be hoping to grab some of the 75% off bits in boots for the ladies and gents (and DC's too if I can) and I store them in the underbed storage if I can. I need cards too but have enough wrap and ribbon to last years!
OP, No you are not mental. Its good economising to buy your wrapping paper, cards and decorations in the sales isnt it?
I have spent the last 3 Christmas days waiting up until midnight waiting to go shoppping on the boots half price sale stocking up for next years pressies, this year they started early though so missed out on some good stuff but still spent £65 and saved well over £70 .
I've also started making baubles and snowflake decorations to sell next christmas at local craft fairs. I did think i was the only one to do this though, and im even off to hobbycraft later to pick up some saes things so ive got them all in ready to make and get crafty with. Dp does think im slightly mental on that though!
I don't buy actual presents but I do buy actual Christmas stuff like wrapping paper, advent calendars, cards etc. Got lovely Xmas mugs last year and it was so nice to bring them out to use this winter! Will be on the hunt in the next few days.
NaiceDude You mean you don't have a Christmas cupboard?
A great idea to pick up craft kits, lip balms etc - not for Christmas, they'd make great gifts for birthdays too.
Also if you pick up gold/silver/brown paper wrap you can use all year for gifts.
I've done this the past few years and been so glad I have when it comes to December. This year, I have bought 4 lancome mascara sets from Boots with 1/3 off (think they were £13 each)and half price perfume sets from fragrance direct. This way, I can get my family much nicer presents than if I left it to December- have lots of sisters/sister inlaws. Last year I bought the marc jacobs dasiy set for £25 in the sales and the exact same set was for sale this Christmas for nearly £50. It's my lovely childminder's favourite so she was absolutely delighted. I also buy cards, gift wrap and gift bags. Then I stash it all in a big box beside all the Christmas decs. in the attic.
By the way, my husband thinks I'm mental too but this is the man who says on christmas Eve, 'what have we got for my mum, sister etc.?' so I just remind him of this and he soon shuts up!
Hmmm I think you are a bit mental. Christmas isn't that important that you need to start planning/buying a year in advance. I suppose buying cheap wrapping paper/cards/decs is sensible but presents? Sorry that is weird.
Message withdrawn at poster's request.
I used to but have been so skint in the months following christmas I have done the sales for next years presents. Ive really felt the pinch this year and wont be buying as many presents next year. If I can it will be just for our children (4) and close family and fewer friends.
I don't think i'm capable of getting anywhere near organised enough to do this!
Plus, I'm not a fan of Christmas shopping (I hate it in fact!) so the idea of finishing Christmas and starting again... I need at least 11 months off!!
Sorry, I think, looking back on Martin money saving site, that its the 3rd ish weds in jan.
18th jan 2012
Thanks QOD can't wait. Like a good Boots scuffle
it all goes in the blanket box that serves as my debside table here, noone thinks to look there for anything!
i tend to find if i stock up on xmas bits through the year, when we actually get there there's only dp and the food/booze to get and fhats pricey enough as it is.
sorry about dodgy post, never mn'd on mobile before and none oc my letters seem to be doing what i wsnt
I've stopped buying presents in the sales in advance because they always look a bit second rate when a year has passed and I come to wrap them up. There are always so many bargains around in the run up to Christmas, it's not worth the hassle of storing them for a year and realising they are not quite right.
My weakness is 70%, 90% bargains towards the end of January - anything Christmassy and generally stuff I wouldn't dream of paying full price for.
I always used to do this to save money/time so I always had enough presents for birthdays/Christmas by picking things up in sales throughout the year. I used to love the Boots sale! But I've stopped now, as storage is more of an issue, finances are less of a problem, and I like getting people more personal gifts rather than whatever happens to be on sale.
I picked up some gifts for my nieces earlier in the year but ended up giving them other things for Christmas because they seemed to be interested in certain characters so I bought them something related to that instead. I still have a box full of random 'gifts' that I picked up in sales in the past few years that I've never quite found a suitable home for!
I always used to get cards/paper in the sales, but now have a bit of a backlog as I've almost stopped doing cards (use email/FB instead) and probably won't need to buy any for a few years at least
Dont worry not just you
just been shopping and bought
christmas tree baubles
new santa stop here sign
broblem is i alway forget that ive bought them lol
I bought some wrapping paper from sainsburys at 70% off as it is really good quality and some of it was plain so I can use for birthday presents instead.
Also bought dc some make own fart putty for £2 each before xmas for socking as I saw it but wasn't looking for it.
I always buy through out the year.
I live in awe of you, ladies.
Every year I vow to get organised but still ended up doing the lot in the week before Christmas
Have got a few bits from Lakeland and dotcomgiftshop but haven't actually made it to the shops yet!
Message withdrawn at poster's request.
I love the fact I'm recognising some of you from the pre christmas bargain thread
we must all be tight wads . I got some wrapping paper 70% off yesterday and also a few bits from dotcomgiftshop I think thanks to pies links a few days ago.
I have a book I write everyone I buy for birthday and xmas and then as I buy stuff I write it by their name with the cost. DH and I do online surveys etc to earn vouchers that pays for a good chunk of stuff nearer to xmas.
Picked up a few 75% of Xmas decs today plus 2 rolls of silver wrap which I can use generically. Rude not to at 60p! Also 1/2 price Prestat boxes of choc for Easter/Mother's Day. Just remember to check the BBE dates.
right 18th January (is that a Friday?)
I will sharpen my elbows in preparation.
Think it was 18th Jan last year so should be Wed 16th this year.
I'm thinking ankle ramming with the pushchair
I can see the point of buying cards/paper/christmas decorations - but have never got round to actually doing it myself ! However I could not begin to even think about Christmas presents as a previous poster has said my kids change their mind weeks before Christmas having done their lists in October /early November so goodness knows what I would buy them a year in advance.
Also we have 3 DC's and 3 Birthdays all in Jan and Feb too much for my mind and money to figure out birthday presents let alone christmas !
Presents is a bit much, but decorations, paper and cards is perfectly sensible.
If you buy them before twelfth night they get put away in the right places.
I keep a spreadsheet. A new one for every year. There are tabs for birthday, Christmas, miscellaneous, what I need to make and when, etc. All bought presents go into "the presents box." MrScout's immediate family (parents, sisters, their husbands, kids, etc) is quite large and we do get something for all of them (I'd love to do kids only but it seems a bit mean when only one sister has them). And for my side of the family we have to be ready by November 1st so I can load all of the gifts into the suitcases, ready to take home for Thanksgiving (to be left for Christmas).
This year I bought a present for my Mom for 2013 even before we had Christmas 2012. But that's because I delivered her presents in November and won't see her again until this coming November. It wasn't much but a Christmas CD I know she will like and that they won't have at home.
I have also bought all of my wrapping paper for 2013, most of the cards, and loads of Christmas crafts for SmallBoy and I do/make as his presents (he only gives a token gift to both sets of Grandparents and his Godparents).
I have got some things too OP! I bought some lovely books from The Book People sale, books I was actually thinking of buying for my dc's anyway so have put them away. Each one was only £2 such a bargain. I also got some Xmas lights I had my eye on in John Lewis but they were too expensive and actually look generic enough to use all year round, so pretty. I usually get all my gift wrap, cards and little xmassy things such as stocking gifts, small decs and father Xmas letter kits in the Paperchase sale. I even bought some sweet bunny slippers for the baby for next year in the right size from the debenhams sale. All unintentional shopping I was just browsing online.
I haven't bought any presents but have bought wrapping paper, cards, a couple of decorative things and some bee-yoooo-tiful posh crackers that I'm actually itching to open now .
You're not mental imo I do this every year, mainly to spread the cost. Have managed to get DD and DN a scooter for £2.99 each from sports direct (think these have sold out now) socks, knickers and a few other bits from the Disney store that she would normally have in a stocking but has cost me half the price!. Have also bought some hello kitty wrapping paper from Asda for 38p
I bought Xmas cards today, naice ones, for 50p
Ooh where from QOD? I thought I was doing well with 50p Primarni ones
Got some nice wrapping paper in M&S today, 49p a roll had been £3. They only had one design though, but it is a nice one!
I'm struggling to find nice cards and paper in most places. They have either all gone or they didn't put them out this year.
Went to asda on the 27th and thought I would get some bits then but there was nothing out . Surely they couldn't have sold all of the christmas stock by boxing day so I think they must be keeping some back for next year.
I've got 8 rolls of wrapping paper reduced to 50p each, a toiletry set for my uncle reduced to £1, some stocking bits for dsc, dog stockings
the kind with toys rather than treats reduced to 10p each
I will pick things up throughout the whole year as and when I see them.
I wouldn't buy presents but I have been buying up Sainsbury's stocks of gold, silver and red tissue paper at 49p a pack, plus glitter pens, ribbons and anything else that will liven up DD's craft box. Shiny wrapping paper is particularly sought after for crowns, pirate treasure, etc and DD doesn't care if it's embossed with holly leaves!
I've also been buying cheap books, especially non-Xmas sticker/activity books. Not as presents but for DC during the year as reward/bribe/treat when sick etc. book of 1000 transport stickers for £1 in Sainsbury's, which I'll tear sheets from to keep in my bag.
My naice cards are from <cough> Chavda
But we'll nice!
Me too, OP! Have bought DS's birthday presents (he'll be 2yo in the summer), and cards and wrapping paper from Paperchase and Waitrose. Paperchase never very cheap, but I love their kids' paper. Was gobsmacked to see wrapping paper for 70p in Waitrose, nice stuff too, and matching tags.
I also got some basic-but-good-quality arty bits in ELC. Stocking fillers for next year if they don't get used in the meantime.
Also got some non-Christmas chocs in Waitrose - large tubes of Smarties for 34p. They won't last to next Christmas but I can decant them a few at a time for the DCs as the odd treat.
Have also been buying next year's Christmas jumpers/pyjamas etc for the DCs.
Was gutted to miss out on the Asda Little Tikes Cozy Coupe offer - wanted a new one to replace our battered second-hand one but not going to pay full whack.
OP, rather than £5 per adult in your family, why not each draw an adult's name from a hat and if you would have spent £50 on ten adults, spend £50 on that one person and everyone gets a better present that way?
We do this in DH's family now and it works much better than lots of smaller stuff you didn't want anyway.
I bought a few more presents today and even managed to finish present shopping for one of my friends at home. When you see what she likes for 75% off RRP you snatch it while you can -- so two Tatty Teddies plus TT gift bag for just over £6. Nice! And the singing Pluto I spied for £20 before Christmas which was reduced to £10 on-line and in the shop rang up at £5.99 at the till (AND it was the only one left in the shop). Result! My Mom is going to be so excited by it (Mom loves Pluto and he's hard to find).
Sainsbury 70% off sale today ! Pizza express mug, cuddle mug x 2, marmite egg cups, wh bag and make up bag set and nandos salsa pot set all from £1.50
Secret Santa sorted and some friend pressies during the year :D
70% off you say
<rushes off to sainsburys.com>
I bought 6 tubs of sweet mincemeat 1.3 kg sell by date oct 14 at 30p each - was texting my mum asking how many she wanted - they weren't obv reduced just on an end of aisle ...
I have started practising some festive cooking - didn't get around to any before or during Xmas so I've just tried a few things. I am terrible at stuff like that so I thought I'd start now in the hope of being more confident by Xmas this year.
Bloody hell and I can't get to sainsbos till tomorrow.
Wait rose wrap at 40p per roll and gift tags at 10p per pack of 10 today. Also Stocked up on some choc coins for party bags for dd's birthday in a few weeks at 25p per bag. Loads of Xmas choc and puddings also further reduced which i passed on. Monsoon had girly accessories at 70 % off so bought a few items for dd's birthday. Being frugal and waiting for 70% off rather than 50% off but seems to be less stock this year than previous years.
I was in Debenhams and saw some tablecovers and napkins.
Original price £95.
They had white for a large table 50% off
Red but only medium.
The cream was 50% off then reduced again to £28.
I searched for a large enough cover before Christmas (got a white on) so I bought the cream damask with 8 napkins.
DH was . Doesn't understand.
But when I set the table nicely he'll be "Oh that's pretty"
Went to the big asda last night (my local still hasn't put anything out) and they have the last of the christmas stuff reduced right down.
Got the extra wide rolls for 37p, the 10m kids rolls for 25p and the nicer foil ones for 50p.
Also had hello kitty 10m rolls for 37p - loads of those.
Had some decorations and bits, all really cheap now.
If you are not dieting they have loads of the biscuits and chocolate reduced too.
not managed to get to asda yet, both kids been poorly. Back to school and nursery monday so will have a scoot into town to see if there'sanything useful still about
I'm really gutted I've not been well enough to get out to the shops. Possibly a good thing as I've not spent any money...
I have set up a separate "Christmas 2013" wishlist on amazon though, and have stuck a few things on there. They are things I'm a bit concerned won't be available nearer the time so I may get them soon. I am still lusting after the chunkichilli (recommended on here) stockings but they are £22 each so £88 for the four of us. Was really hoping they'd be on sale now Xmas has passed. Also looking for a wooden advent calendar and some nice child friendly tree decorations (everything I looked at in the shops was really tacky/flimsy) if anyone has any suggestions please?
We've also agreed to invest in better storage for our tree (25 years old and going strong!) and decorations, and wrapping paper - will be getting some Really Useful Boxes for that.
Bugger I need to go to Asda too now, not long back from sainsbos, got four packs of cards and five rolls of paper
and nandos pirisalsa set all with 70 percent off
fuzzpig, Johhn Lewis online had lots of reduced felt type tree decorations in Clearance. Not sure if they'd still be in stock.
Also cox and cox 75% off. Expensive P&P though.
Also dotcomgifts for wooden advent calender, mine has come yet so not sure of the quality of it.
Ooh will have a look thanks. Actually have a £10 JL voucher to spend
I bought 2 stockings from M&S (£3 and £2 ) for the DC for next year.
Even though next year they will be 14 and 11.6 yo, you never get too old for a stocking do you?
fuzzpig if you register with camelcamelcamel you can link your Amazon wish list to it and it will email you when prices go down on any of the items. You do have to be quick sometimes though as it is amazing how many times and how quickly Amazon do change them.
Thanks for info. I might wait a bit although they seem to become unavailable quite a lot. I did accidentally overpay my credit card though, so I could use that perhaps.
I am frequently astounded by price changes on amazon too. It often seems to happen as soon as I save something in my basket (as opposed to a wish list). My paranoid/cynical side keeps thinking that somebody just watches to see if somebody adds things to their basket and then puts the price up! Not tiny changes either, things like DVDs that change from £7 to £20, WTF?!
Fuzz pig, I was told that the number of hits they have on a certain item, the more the price changes. Might be rubbish though....
I bought 2 jars of Sainsburys mincemeat (the 400g jar) for 10p a jar.
Use by date Oct 2014 so loads of time.
Bog standard (not basic but not Taste the Difference) but I can add some grated apple and brandy to it.
They had bigger jars and the large tubs too.
Very excited by my sainsburys bargains today, spent about £9 and got loads
2 bags of bows
Hat and scarf
Kitchen wipe board
2 boxes of biscuits
Pizza express jar
Big tub of mincemeat
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