Total Spend this Christmas is...

(74 Posts)
mumtoone1 Thu 14-Nov-13 12:11:20

£850.00 according to my spreadsheet that includes 1 DS (including all stocking fillers) and 15 family members. I think thats quite good.

I was going to get DS a nexus 7 but then decided to get an ipad air for the 3 of us to share so thats included in the above figure.

Christmas food wise, my dinner has been paid with M&S vouchers I get for free every year and I'm saving up morrisons vouchers to give me a £40 christmas bonus to by remainder nibbles for Christmas/boxing day. I'll also have a £25.00 morrisons christmas bonus from my mother in law who has been collecting week 5 onwards for me which will go towards my new year eve spend.

I also still have £30 in M&S Vouchers to use smile

How you all getting on?

LittleMissGreen Thu 14-Nov-13 12:19:03

I have no spreadsheet, but on a quick tot up about £250 all in (although may have forgotten some stocking fillers, so say £300 for luck!)
But I only have 9 relatives to buy for, and the DSs made all their relatives something (included in above price) which will need posting abroad in a couple of cases so that will be quite a few pounds to royal mail!
Christmas food will be courtesy of Nectar points at Sainsburys.

LittleMissGreen Thu 14-Nov-13 12:19:42

Oh should say, that is 3DSs (so the 3 for 2 in Argos to get their main present came in very handy!)

curiousgeorgie Thu 14-Nov-13 12:30:44

I've just finished getting everything including wrapping paper...

£420 for theatre tickets for my whole immediate family was quite a big spend so our total is about £1400... But much less than last year thanks to the bargain threads, and we've bought more for DD1 and have a second DC to buy for this year. I think last year topped £2000 with friends kids really pushing it up.

DH is happy with it anyway wink

Luggage16 Thu 14-Nov-13 12:37:00

I recon we have spent about £650ish, still need xmas food and a day trip out but sainburys points should cover food so we are mostly there. That's inc mine, hubbys, 2 kids plus family members so don't think too bad and we have intentionally spent a little more this year. Some of this is things that were needed anyway like new work shirts for hubby etc too

wonderingsoul Thu 14-Nov-13 12:37:47

for 2 dc presents from me, stockings, my parents, 4 friends and thier kids. sister and her 3 kids. including stocking. £350.

which is alot but i did start super early and got some amazing dealssmile

Anotherdayanotherdestiny123 Thu 14-Nov-13 12:53:43

About £200 in total excluding food. That's 3 children and 10 nieces and nephews. We have a max £10 limit on family presents and don't buy for adults. Our children get lots of small things, big presents are for birthdays although my 11 year old is getting a phone on contract so initial outlay was one months line rental. £2000! That's nearly a terms school fees and probably why they only get small gifts.

curiousgeorgie Thu 14-Nov-13 13:04:03

I have a huge family... I'm very pleased at a £600 saving this year... But much better presents!

Marne Thu 14-Nov-13 13:05:49

About £1000 here, for 5 children and a few family members, hoping to use Tesco vouchers for some of the food so might be slightly less.

Around £1,500 I think although I daren't actually work it out. Hoping I will be just about done in the next two weeks though!

Altinkum Thu 14-Nov-13 13:32:27

around £2000, that's including all presents, (ds1&2 , 4 x nieces/nephews, 8 adults, food, drink etc...

ShatnersBassoon Thu 14-Nov-13 13:35:48

I couldn't be bothered to add it all up. It knocks the fun out of it for me. I can't even be bothered to add up how many people I buy for.

Suffice to say it will be more than I imagine, but within our means.

50shadesofknackered Thu 14-Nov-13 13:37:42

About £1500 when I finish, which u hope to do in next week or so. This doesn't include food tho.

gaggiagirl Thu 14-Nov-13 13:43:54

£140 here. Big family and one DD. I buy all year and stick to a budget. Sales help.

FairyJen Thu 14-Nov-13 13:44:17

I'm shock at these. Our total is less than £250 all in which includes a wii u bundle (eBay) for dd.

CreamyCooler Thu 14-Nov-13 13:49:38

£800, that's for 2 teenagers and 1 grown up son, DH, Parents, mother in law, small gifts for DB and his family, food, drink and trip to panto for DH and I ( DC didnt want to come with us this year). This amount doesn't include petrol to visit DH's family which will be about £60 and we don't bother with new outfits, p.j's etc.

Luggage16 Thu 14-Nov-13 15:18:33

It always makes me smile when people are shocked at how much and say they spend very little - everyone is in different positions with how many they need to pay for etc, whether they are hosting family things so need a lot of extra food, whether they do trips etc. The spread is huge because people have different priorities and different circumstances. This year we have spent more than usual but that's because I sold over £300 worth of outgrown toys and clothes and when I buy I buy good quality so bits tend to get played with for years and then sold on for a decent amount again afterwards (I have been known to make money on items when I have bought in a sale and then sold at a time when toys are selling for more, esp as we buy a lot of wooden bits).
£250 wouldn't go far in a family with 3 or 4 children who are hosting xmas dinner and want to visit santa for example. You really cant compare

NewChoos Thu 14-Nov-13 15:33:27

Sorry just did a similar post - didn't see this!
Mine will be approx £1400, I am going to try and whittle down next year. We are getting a new tree which will hopefully be a one off for many years.

CreamyCooler Thu 14-Nov-13 15:34:30

Luggage, I have made money selling Lego on ebay. Some of it definitely goes up in value.

Luggage16 Thu 14-Nov-13 15:37:00

Creamycooler its great isn't it! I have come to the conclusion that its is better value to buy better quality things and sell on again later than buy cheap and either end up having to replace it or it having absolutely no resale value once done with. I love selling things on as then I have totally guilt free spending money too smile

CreamyCooler Thu 14-Nov-13 16:19:30

My DS3 sold most of his soft toys to put towards a playstation 4 and we got to meet the lovely family who brought them. It's very comforting to think of them being 'looked after' with her...bit like Toy Story.

About £2500 blush

But thats me, dh, ds (5), dd (7) and 8 family members.

No food as we eat out Xmas day and boxing day. Normal food shop goes up to about £700 for the whole month of Dec (Im preg so cant drink boooo)

I LUFFS Christmas.

magentastardust Thu 14-Nov-13 17:00:52

Haven't finished mine yet but it will be quite a lot although strictly budgeted for.
We have 2 of our 3 dc's birthdays at xmas time as well so birthday parties and birthday presents have to be paid for too. Plus I have a xmas birthday too . I have to keep track and start going into December organising mode around the beginning of October!

Mittensonkittens Thu 14-Nov-13 17:08:02

Are we saying for everything? Food and presents and outings and decorations?

I think probably £1000 on presents
£200 on food
£150 on outings

So maybe about £1350? Probably £1500 realistically.

Bloody hell. Thank god it's only once a year. That's horrific.

hermioneweasley Thu 14-Nov-13 17:16:58

About £500 so far which includes mist presents and Xmas theatre trip Still ILs to buy for and food (which won't be much as we're not having any visitors). I reckon it will be about £700 all in. But that doesn't include whatever DP has spent on me!

ZombieMonkeyButler Thu 14-Nov-13 17:23:47

I am nowhere near having finished my shopping but would estimate somewhere in the region of £1500 all in. That's with 3 DC, a very small extended family and hosting one day with food & drink for my brother, sisters and their partners & DC.

CrazyOldCatLady Thu 14-Nov-13 19:00:36

We're hosting for 6 adults and 2 kids, buying pressies for those plus another 4 kids, and giving homemade scarves, marmalade and\or bikkies to various other people. My grocery budget goes nuts for the whole month though because I tend to treat us quite a lot, and also I'll be baking a load of stuff for a charity cake sale in work.

It looks like we'll come in around the €1000 mark, including the extra on the grocery budget and trips to see Santa and Christmas markets.

KungFuBustle Thu 14-Nov-13 19:09:14

DS's toys and DH brings us too about £150 on gifts. But I have used tesco boost and vouchers.

Food is about £70 (only three of us) plus £50 petrol for visiting.

We only do token gifts and stuff DS has made for extended family.

I would love a budget of £1000. With that I'd have a fancy dinner and spend more on decorations.

OneUp Thu 14-Nov-13 19:21:50

I think it'll be around £150 for presents, probably around £62 for the food shop (I've already started to put bits away for that), £30 for tree and decorations as we're just starting out.

About £242 total I think.

Kelly281 Thu 14-Nov-13 19:49:44

Present shopping will total near £1000 once finished. Food shopping will be a further £200 (m&s pre-ordered, plus nibble treats etc). Days out I imagine will total £150.

It's a lot, but it's my favourite time of the year so I always feel it's money well spent.

dementedma Thu 14-Nov-13 20:42:00

Haven't added it up but have saved a lot by using reastie's thread.
We have 3 teen/adult dcs so will spend about £200 on each of them. Then have mum and sis on my side who get decent pressies, and assorted siblings on both sides who get a token gift. Don't buy for oldest nephews and nieces any more, just the two youngest. Then we each have a secret Santa in work.
Add in stockings and then food for Christmas eve and Christmas dinner and we will spend over £1,000

mindlessmama Thu 14-Nov-13 22:01:44

It's amazing to see how different people budget for Christmas. I too am pleased it only comes around once a year!
we have 19 children to buy for (disadvantage to a big family - they are almost all nieces or nephews!) as well as 20+ adults. This doesn't include DH or DSs and me. Have suggested we do secret Santa for the last few years but seems to be falling of deaf ears...
Big bulk order from the book people for all of the children = £60.
Adult gifts found online clearance or sales and handmade bits = just under £200
Food shop will be covered by nectar points although I'm stocking up now.
Expecting DH, 2x DSs and My gifts will total to a couple of hundred. If I can get it all under £500 I'd be chuffed but think a few last min things will crop up (tree/ wrapping paper) that will make the budget shoot up.
See you in all the frugal money saving threads in Jan!

MabliD Thu 14-Nov-13 22:31:14

£600 including presents for DD, 2 nephews and 7 friends' kids, my parents, DH's parents and step mum, my sister and DH's 7 siblings, one adult friend and DH! Also includes food and a trip on the santa train, but not whatever DH decides to get me.

Nearly £200 went on DH's present, so the bargain thread really saved my bacon! Used a lot of reward points too (advantage/nectar).

sweetsomethings Thu 14-Nov-13 22:56:46

About £700 on my ds and £300 on relatives and food so £1000 all in .

Aarow Thu 14-Nov-13 23:42:12

£240 on decorations. We actually spent more than £1000 on decorations/tree/lights this but that was all because we lost everything todo with Christmas on Boxing Day last year (a house fire), and was buying back what we had through the insurance, meaning that it doesn't count as we didn't pay for them.

Of the £240, £10is on general decorations which we didn't have covered for insurance or wanted to buy more of. £135 on the 3DC, £25 on the soon to be baby, the rest on DH (£20) and then we have a rule of gifts under £3 on a secret Santa in the family, plus a few token gifts to the rest and bulk books for the kids, so about £50 total on the kids inside the family.

Then, £60 on the Xmas meal (the total cost of the meal split etweennthe families coming).

So £300 for food (the whole meal has been bought and will be delivered just before Xmas) and presents and decorations for us spent.

Then, to see Christmas markets and fairs, and to go ice skating, another £100.

So £400.

raisah Fri 15-Nov-13 03:47:10

£40 for hamper food & baskets as I don't celebrate it but have people who do that I buy for. grin|

My spending for Eid increases but nothing in the realms of whats quoted upthread. I buy my dc a set of clothes & one medium present and a stocking type bag of smaller gifts. We buy for the family kids but do food gifts for families, have a nice meal and visit family / friends. We focus on having fun rather than accumalating a big pile of gifts that I have no room to store decently.

Hurrah, someone else with a Christmas spreadsheet! My friends all laugh at me for having one grin

I have spent roughly £250 on presents for my 3 DC. By the time I have finished getting bits and bobs as stocking fillers it will probably be £300. Presents for the rest of the family and friends come to about £200, so a total of £500 on presents.

Food won't be a huge amount this year as we are at the inlaws' for Christmas Day. Maybe an extra £100 on top of our normal shop?

Allowing another £100 for outings I think it will be a total of £700ish.

goldie81 Fri 15-Nov-13 07:03:45

I'm thinking spread sheet is an amazing idea!! Think I will be doing that net yr! So easy with a phone to click and spend!

losersaywhat Fri 15-Nov-13 07:29:44

I think it will be about £1500
Roughly £800 on presents
£190 on Still game tickets
£500 on a puppy that we pick up on Boxing Day :-) cant wait. A wee pal for the dog we already gave.

Witco Fri 15-Nov-13 07:37:00

I haven't even thought about it all yet!

SlicedLemon Fri 15-Nov-13 08:00:15

I am with you Witco. I have just started to think about xmas. Yesterday I spent £20 on some Xmas gifts.

Shinyshoes1 Fri 15-Nov-13 08:06:17

I dread to think ... I'd say roughly £1800.00 that's
My 3 DC's
Confectionary and SOME food
Will probably spend another £200. On panto tickets the rest of the food and drink

Realistically it'll be around £2000.00 .... I do save all year though so it isn't money I have to find and I'm not getting in debt with it

archfiend Fri 15-Nov-13 08:10:39

Probably around £650 all in (I have a spreadsheet too - joy!). That includes food (topped up with various vouchers), presents for around 12 family members and friends plus us 3, and 3 December birthdays.

chanie44 Fri 15-Nov-13 08:15:31

I think my spend will be under £500, but I hunt out bargains so the value of everything will be higher.

Our children are 3 and 1 and don't need much anyway, as they will get lots from family.

StupidFlanders Fri 15-Nov-13 08:16:35

I would never dare tally up my expenses.

In fact your post just made me realise how much I've spent on's best I stop there.

Audilover Fri 15-Nov-13 08:18:48

About £950.
That's presents for 5 DC, family and our Christmas food shop is included in that amount.

MirandaWest Fri 15-Nov-13 08:21:41

Please let there be other people who don't have a precise cost for how much they've spent, don't have a spreadsheet and don't seem to be trying to get Christmas down to £3.50 and a satsuma.
I don't spend too much at Christmas but the thought of entering it all into a spreadsheet makes me feel a little sad.

Will probably get shouted down in flames for this but I can cope I think smile

Hassled Fri 15-Nov-13 08:24:45

A big fat £0 because I HAVE to get my act together and actually shop.

Day off today - I am going to break the internet with my online shopping. Will maintain a spreadsheet of sorts as I go to ensure fairness between the DCs - some are much easier to buy for than others. I just have to remember to name the file something really boring so they don't go snooping.

hyenafunk Fri 15-Nov-13 08:33:51

Probably about £600 on 3DC presents. £200 on decorations (we buy a real tree&wreath every year which is £80 and this year I got materials to make my own garland, new window lights because we've used ours for 3 years now and fancied a change, lights for the tree in the front garden and a few new baubles and tree topper). £60 on Santa steam train day out. £60 on all five Christmas jumpers and eldest DC Christmas pudding hat because other two have the ones from last year. £90 on Christmas. duvets and PJs. £40 on baking stuff like the Christmas cake decorations, Christmas cookie. cutters etc.

All together just over a grand. Just have DH presents to get and his to me, 4 family members we buy for but I'm going to bake them something and give them a homemade Christmas card with photo of DC on which they always love. Food wise I've saved for the £40 Morrisons voucher and have got about £50 of saver stamps so will have to put about £40 towards the Christmas shop for the champagne most likely.

About £1200 which for 3 DC I think we've done really well grin.

Ive spent about £750 so far, that's for 3 dc, and my family, ive still got to get my dh and he's also got a special birthday over Christmas. I will probably spend around £250 on food and drink as we have family over on Christmas eve and Christmas day. Luckily ive saved all year otherwise everyone would be getting a selection box and a card smile

Bumblequeen Fri 15-Nov-13 09:38:36

Wow! Some of the budgets on here. As someone said we all have different circumstances.

We will probably spend an extra £100 on food shopping. Dc1's present may be between £50-100. Dc is a new born so will buy something small. We have a tree and decorations from last year.

We only buy for parents, nephews and nieces otherwise it just adds up.

ethelb Fri 15-Nov-13 09:48:23

About about £120 so far but need to buy 4 more presents and tickets to in-laws (about £45ish) and contribution to food and booze.

So £350ish in total?

chanie44 Fri 15-Nov-13 10:09:03

I think our spend will be under £500 and that includes all presents, food and activities.

Our children are per-schoolers so don't don't need much present wise.

I take advantage of offers and freebies to make my money go further, so my £500 spend is probably more like £700 is I paid full price.

bakingaddict Fri 15-Nov-13 10:10:14

2 grand for our family of four (DC's 2 and 6) and buying presents for 7 other people.

That also includes £500 for sales shopping btw as me and DH don't actually want much in the way of big presents this year

ThreeMyselfAndI Fri 15-Nov-13 14:08:54

were just over the £2000 just now thats for presents for 3dds, myself, dh.

around £200/300 for both parents, 1 set of grandparents and a sister and nephew.

no food or drink as were going to my parents, panto paid by mum.

still to get new decorations though.

NannyPlumForPM Fri 15-Nov-13 15:20:15

Miranda I'm with you! No flame shooting here grin No budget, no idea of how much I've spent (other than DH says TOOOOO MUCG - but he says that when I start buying xmas magazine)


GlitteredPinecones Fri 15-Nov-13 16:28:21

Jeez, I daren't even begin to add it all up! I have a spreadsheet, but it's just for what I've bought, for who and it's all colour coded to show if it's been bought/arrived/wrapped/not wrapped etc. I wouldn't dare add in the prices though. I don't have a budget.

It'll be ££££ though blush

We're also going to the theatre twice in December, a few days away for our anniversary which includes shopping and Christmas markets etc so will have to spend money on lots of nice food and mulled wine grin then after Christmas, we're going on holiday.

Luckily we don't need to buy food other than the stuff I'm making for gifts.

AnnagrammaHawkin Fri 15-Nov-13 17:06:53

We set ourselves a budget of £450.

So far, £480 has been spent on food. 17 people are going, but one won't be weaned (mine), so only 16 technically. For our family of four (not including the non ester), we are paying £75 (kids count as 1/4), as we split it equally.

Then, we have £375 left. We have £150 set aside on trips out, so £225 left. We have £100 for our two DC, and £20 on our third DC, so £120 total (so £105 left). We have a spending on kids only rule, so apart from my DC, I have to onl spend £50. So £55 left.

The £55 is to be spent on decorations and small stuff like cards.

MrsPear Fri 15-Nov-13 18:56:41

About 200 for my 2 boys, 110 on new decorations, 120 on relatives, 100 on dh, 140 food. So 670 but need to check!

M0naLisa Fri 15-Nov-13 23:56:43

so far £1.98

on two books lol

jester68 Sat 16-Nov-13 19:09:22

I will have spent £600 this year total when I have finished my partner. This includes our 2 children, Brother 1 and his partner. Then gifts each for Niece aged 13, nephew aged 9 and niece aged 1.

Then Brother 2 and his wife. Plus gifts for niece aged 8, nephew aged 5 and nephew aged 3

Brother 3 and his partner plus nephew aged 11, niece aged 9, nephew aged 2.

Then my mum and her partner, my 2 lots of Aunts and uncles.

My partner will probably spend another £250 between me, my stepson who is 23, his mum and her husband, his dad and his wife, his sister and her partner plus his niece aged 15 and nephew aged 10

So all presents will be done for £850 which is for total of 34 of us.

Probably another £300 on food/drink/extra wrapping paper/trips to Santa etc.

So altogether £1150.00

CrotchStitch Sun 17-Nov-13 01:19:29

Not really a clue TBH smile
We don't buy anything but essentials during the year so we do splash out (when we can) at Christmas. There's DH, DS(9) and I plus my DPs on the day this year.
Also buy for DHs two adult DCs and their respective spouses plus 3 GCs. GCs are overrun with presents and we are the designated Animal gift voucher givers so DiL can buy them nice clothes in the sales which in one way is sad, but as I hate to see the mountains of plastic they receive another part of me is pleased we are spending our money on something of use smile
Couple of friends plus DSs 2 teachers and 2 music teachers and that's it smile

NoComet Sun 17-Nov-13 01:50:55

£600/650 ish but it's not really easy to add up because DDs have blamed various things this month that do/don't count as Xmas presents and DD1 is off on a very expensive school trip, and wants an iPhone next August so I'm trying to cut too much adding bits and I've no idea what piece if geek DH will claim.

everydayaschoolday Sun 17-Nov-13 11:23:16

£838 (spreadsheet calculation!)
5 kids (2dd's + 3dsd's), 11 adults (family), 1 niece, 2 nephews.
Just presents.
Not inc food, panto tickets, cinema trip, etc.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sun 17-Nov-13 12:15:33

I haven't worked it out yet but we're going away which is costing £600 for me and DS and I've just, this minute, bought his main (and only) present at £150 (have spent the best part of two weeks debating whether to get it or not!!).

I'm now going to go and rummage through the things I've been buying over the last few months most of which I've probably forgotten about and duplicated to work out how much I've spent.

staverton Sun 17-Nov-13 12:21:28

Luggage - where do you sell your toys? eBay?

traininthedistance Sun 17-Nov-13 12:33:40

I think about 350-400 for presents, including parents, sisters and partners, last surviving gran, DNiece and DNephew (both under 5), DH, 1-yo DD, Mil and various family friends etc. who get small gifts (under a tenner normally). I normally spend 20-30 pounds on each person/couple so not a huge amount, we don't do massive gifts as a family and sometimes make stuff instead (one sister is a chocolatier so she often makes us stuff).

DH 50-100 pounds, best friend the same, DD has a few small IKEA toys to unwrap and her Christmas outfit (mean mummy I know, but she isn't old enough to know what Christmas is about!)

Will probably spend another 150 or so on additional Christmas food in December, petrol to see family etc. I have loads of decorations already but normally add one or two more.

Got loads of Xmas wrap and cards v v cheap in the sales a couple of years ago, but I always forget to think of those as expenses. The cost of the stamps this year though now they've gone up, oh my! Thinking we might cut down dramatically on the Christmas card sending next year onwards.

traininthedistance Sun 17-Nov-13 13:04:19

Oh forgot real tree & wreath as for various reasons we didn't d one last year.... Might not this yr, or just get small tabletop size pot one to save it from cruising DD's clutches!

AlwaysInBed Sun 17-Nov-13 19:43:55

£240 completely. We have £120 spent on presents for the 3DC, £60 on presents for other people (we have a children only thing) and £20 on going to out to places. £40 on Christmas dinner and food for the week because we are splitting it between us three families (my ILs and my DPs stay) so the total is technically £120, but comes out a lot less. We are also given new decorations or wreaths etc; as our Christmas presents from my DPs, so we get new decs each year, without paying.

HappyAsEyeAm Sun 17-Nov-13 21:28:19

I dread to think. We can afford it, but whatever I have spent means that we haven't saved that amount. If I included everything, like nights out, clothes to wear on those nights out, things like Christmas pyjamas and jumpers and all that kind of stuff for the DC etc, I would need to sedate DH.

spottymoo Sun 17-Nov-13 22:12:57

£1400 and still going
Presents for dd & dss,dh & me
9 adults 3 children's
Trip to the panto & cinema
Food shopping but not Christmas Day as were at pils
Still have cards a tree and a few more decorations to buy.

It's also dh and mines birthday in December so that's extra all = an expensive time but I wouldn't have it any other way we love christmas ������

Luggage16 Sun 17-Nov-13 22:28:06

sell bits on local for sale boards, amazon, car boot sales, and locally to friends with similar interests (I dont make money on them though!)

DoesZingBumpLookBigInThis Sun 17-Nov-13 23:14:10

including food definitely over a grand.
but we have 6 kids and 18 nephews/nieces - and 2 of our kids, 3 nephews and my sister also have their birthdays in December.

very expensive month

FakeAngel Mon 18-Nov-13 10:44:10

About £800 altogether I think. That includes presents (me and DH only buy for DD and each other), food, outings etc. It's a lot but I save all year and buy stuff through the year. I also save all my Clubcard vouchers, Sainsburys points etc and have a Tesco stamp card which I fill every year (£50). And we have a Christmas coin jar which we put our change into all year and change up just before Christmas - there can be over £100 in there.

Christmas is really important to us and we don't go on holiday, run a car etc so I don't feel bad about spending a lot. DD's presents are actually a small proportion of what we spend - it's more about days out, nice family meals and time together. I love it smile

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