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Busybuzzybumblebee Wed 22-Jul-15 21:19:49

I know it's really early but we're not exactly flush so I start really early, got a few bits this month. To add to it all my dc bday is early jan before the jan payday, so have to get both sets of pressies. Anyway it happened to come up at work and you'd think I'd just shat in the floor the horrified reaction. I thought it was normal to start early???? Or is it just me?

AdeleDazeem Wed 22-Jul-15 21:22:40

I too am poor so like to get things organised early. I have already started looking out for gifts for people but haven't started buying yet.

Seffina Wed 22-Jul-15 21:24:04

I've started thinking about it. I'd be shopping if I had the money too, that will come in a month or two though.

MrsHathaway Wed 22-Jul-15 21:24:07

You want the Christmas topic where everyone will sympathise.

I think Christmas shopping in July is horribly depressing. If you need to spread the cost, save up. Christmas already lasts as long as retailers can possibly string it out. Pressurising oneself to make things perfect by planning from the previous spring is just hideous.

Noseypoke Wed 22-Jul-15 21:24:29

Yanbu, my first present arrived today.

TruJay Wed 22-Jul-15 21:25:10

My mum and I started getting a few bits earlier this month for my dcs when we went to the Disney store and there was a huge sale. We don't have a huge amount either so if I see a bargain, I grab it, just sensible in my opinion, it doesn't really affect others so I don't understand the negativity surrounding it.
If you can afford to go out and buy everything two weeks before xmas that's great but I have to do it bit by bit.

glenthebattleostrich Wed 22-Jul-15 21:26:22

Your late starting. My sister and I compete to see who can start earliest!

I don't save because there's always another thing to spend savings on IYSWIM whereas buying bits DD will want whilst cheap works for us.

Damnautocorrect Wed 22-Jul-15 21:27:13

I start now as the sales are really good, I've got three or four so far. I also save £10 a week towards it.

MrsHathaway Wed 22-Jul-15 21:27:36

Oh we don't save in general savings; our bank lets you have lots of savings accounts for different things and we have one labelled Christmas.

ilovesooty Wed 22-Jul-15 21:28:18

Perhaps the horrified reaction was because it's a bit early to be discussing Christmas?

People can do what they like but I wish they'd lay off the subject until a few weeks before.

MrsHathaway Wed 22-Jul-15 21:28:34

I just ...

DM used to buy throughout the year, and it was painfully obvious because on Christmas Day you'd open things that were really relevant to stuff you'd been into earlier in the year but no longer liked. And you had to be grateful for it because at some point it had been a really thoughtful present.

<rocks in a corner>

ahbollocks Wed 22-Jul-15 21:29:05

I have just started! Yanbu

2old2beamum Wed 22-Jul-15 21:30:42

I am an old fart and I have started to get "bits" in. Having 5 with SN I cannot cope with December shopping.

glenthebattleostrich Wed 22-Jul-15 21:31:40

When I but early its things like Lego, clothes, dolls, prams etc. Stuff that's pretty much used throughout the year.

We do budget for a 'must have' item too. I didn't convince a friend to go halfway across London to get the last snow blower Elsa in the fucking world then courier it, oh no

Dolallytats Wed 22-Jul-15 21:32:19

Not unreasonable at all. We too are skint and have had to tell everyone we are only buying for the smaller children this year-have even had to tell the adult children that we can't get them anything. I don't like it, but that's the way it is.

The trouble with saving instead of buying presents (I've found anyway!!) is that I know there is money if I need to dip into it. If you buy a physical item there's no pot to take from.

Busybuzzybumblebee Wed 22-Jul-15 21:32:49

I dont sit around work excitedly talking about xmas, it came up as we were talking about the shifts for December etc.

ilovesooty Wed 22-Jul-15 21:33:26

Thankfully I have very little shopping to do.
I did book my Christmas holiday away at the beginning of February though.

FarFromAnyRoad Wed 22-Jul-15 21:34:06

Holy freakin' smoke - this is doing my head in! It's JULY for the love of mercy!

Anyway - 10000000% what ilovesooty said, with bells on

Perhaps the horrified reaction was because it's a bit early to be discussing Christmas?

People can do what they like but I wish they'd lay off the subject until a few weeks before

Honestly - if you're banging on about Christmas in Ju-fucking-ly then I'm embarrassed for you. Stop it!

Busybuzzybumblebee Wed 22-Jul-15 21:34:59

I agree, if we've saved say 70 for presents instead of actually buying them and a tire has a puncture there is the present fund gone and nothing bought

specialsubject Wed 22-Jul-15 21:35:58

logic of this escapes me...if money is tight, reduce presents! So the boiler conks out and you've no money but lots of plastic tat?

no presents for adults makes sense and we should all do it. Spend time together, share food. The planet and your wallet thanks you.

Totality22 Wed 22-Jul-15 21:36:46

I was initially horrified then I realised that I've got gifts for DS birthday in November already and I have a lot of DD clothes for next summer

ilovesooty Wed 22-Jul-15 21:37:46

So what if you have a punctured tyre and a load of presents but no money?

Busybuzzybumblebee Wed 22-Jul-15 21:39:28

Money is tight but not so tight that my school can't have nice presents for Xmas and birthday. He has a roof over his head and food on the table and if I choose to buy presents starting in July what difference does it make

Welshmaenad Wed 22-Jul-15 21:40:36

I don't shop this early but I make fucking spectacular hampers for the majority of my Xmas gifts and jam and chutney making is well underway!

Busybuzzybumblebee Wed 22-Jul-15 21:41:14

I am using an extreme, my point is there is always something else to spend the money on, so buy as you go. I am not looking to justify what I spend on Xmas, my question was when people start shopping, as thought loads of people started early. My budget etc is irrelevant

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