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Countdown to Christmas 2017

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SideOrderofSprouts Sun 25-Dec-16 21:58:16

365 to go fgrin

flapjackfairy Sun 25-Dec-16 23:19:25

Whoop whoop never too early to get organised!

Freshprincess Sun 25-Dec-16 23:23:38

Well I've lost the chocolate coins I bought this year. No doubt I'll find them in July, so you could say I've already started my Xmas 2017 shopping. fwink

bearsnumberonefan Sun 25-Dec-16 23:24:32

Woohoo already making some mental notes

HungryHorace Sun 25-Dec-16 23:25:59


Next year will be the year of the spreadsheet, I think. 😁

SideOrderofSprouts Mon 26-Dec-16 07:19:46


Spreadsheets are the way forward definitely!

I have already bought a present for dd1 for next year.

sansoucitherednosedcariboo Mon 26-Dec-16 07:58:38

You are insane.

SideOrderofSprouts Mon 26-Dec-16 08:13:59


And proud of it

flapjackfairy Mon 26-Dec-16 09:16:27

Not to be too smug but i bought quite a lot of stocking fillers in m&s a couple of weeks ago ready for next year as there were bargains too good to miss and this years all finished !
Going too far perhaps?? Shopping for next years before this one had arrived!!

SideOrderofSprouts Mon 26-Dec-16 10:24:02

Nah. I call it organised

MrsDilligaf Mon 26-Dec-16 10:37:22

Now....just a quick I put my sprouts on now for Christmas 2017? Or shall I leave it until January?


HungryHorace Mon 26-Dec-16 10:45:31

I think 1st Jan should sort it, Mrs D.

I can't really get the kids' stuff too soon as I've no idea what they'll be into then but I will look around for other people's presents throughout the year. fsmile

MsHybridFanGirl Mon 26-Dec-16 10:46:17

Do any of you save for Xmas? And if so how much per week? Park/similar or bank account?
Would like some tips to be more organised please. As have several family November birthdays also

flapjackfairy Mon 26-Dec-16 14:03:00

Definitely get them sprouts on asap. You dont want them undercooked!

clumsyduck Mon 26-Dec-16 14:05:37

I tend to save odds and ends as I go plus budget properly October pay day onwards so don't have to worry bout presents food etc or dip into January's money . Obviously if you can afford to do this deffo recommend .

Brightermornings Mon 26-Dec-16 14:06:09

I've already got £150 saved for Christmas 2017 😀😀

HandbagCrazy Mon 26-Dec-16 14:40:31

Yay. Am just working through the post-Christmas lull to work out what we can ditch next year and what we need more of etc.

I have realised my handmade presents went down very well so need to start making things here and there throughout the year in order to be ready as they always take longer than I think they will!

Will go shopping in the next few days for cards, wrapping paper and gift tags etc and possibly more decorations as long as DH isn't looking fsmile

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 26-Dec-16 19:30:15


We do a £2 tin every year (I cashed it up in Nov this year, there was about £180). I do a jar for 1p/2p/5p/10p
This year I have one tin for £2 and the small change because we can use the MetroBank coin changer (doesn't charge the 8% fee that the supermarket ones do) and put it in DH account there.

Since Sainsburys cut their Nectar points by 50% , my usual Nectar rewards were less (normally £300ish, this year was £190 ) I try to build up as many bonus points as possible though.

Our fake tree is going this year, it was a panic buy about 7 years ago and every year I hate it.

I'm avoiding the sales at all costs but my DD is forcing my shopping tomorrow <<sigh>>

fshock that you haven't got the sprouts on yet, mine are simmering over a bain marie ready for the pomergranate and unicorn tear jous (dealing with amateurs here.... <tsk> )

Mummyreindeerlegz Mon 26-Dec-16 22:18:40

I'll be saving £75 a month into a savings account. I'll be aiming to have a good spreadsheet with a tight budget per person. This year I've realised it's been chaos.

chocolateworshipper Mon 26-Dec-16 22:42:15

ooooh - that £2 coins in a tin idea is great - might have to nick that (the idea, not your tin) fgrin

TheWoollybacksWife Mon 26-Dec-16 23:02:41

Marking my place for when I can join in properly. DMum still here (home tomorrow) and I get the hmm face if I'm "doing the online" while I'm supposed to be entertaining the family.

sansoucitherednosedcariboo Tue 27-Dec-16 04:53:31

The most depressing aspect of this thread is that it's all about consumerism. Spending money, saving money: money, and fucking things.

Oh, and sprouts. Overdone sprouts, ironically,

Guitargirl Tue 27-Dec-16 06:37:20

Ooo, shiny new thread!

I am still feeling pretty Christmassy (although my feet are killing me). We are in Disneyland Paris, got here yesterday and staying till Thursday.

DCs very excited - they are ooing and aahing at the rides, I am ooing and aahing at the Christmas lights fsmile.

FrogTime Tue 27-Dec-16 06:55:58

Oooh, Christmas again! fgrin

I'd love to save some money each month, i think I'll definately try the change jars as well as about £50 per month. That'll probably do me as we don't buy for a huge amount of people. Would love it for just one year not to rely on my credit card to solve the problem blush

flapjackfairy Tue 27-Dec-16 08:05:56

Sans i dont see what is wrong with trying to save money on things that have to be bought anyway? That is like berating people for changing energy suppliers to save a bit over the course of a year!
And as for sprouts ! I dont really think anyone will be boiling them on the hob all year (just think of the gas bill ha ha ). It was merely a lighthearted bit of banter.
As you are offended by this should you not just avoid these type of threads!

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