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Watch our last episode of Shop Talk where CarrieMumsnet discusses surviving the Christmas shop with Ruth Langsford. NOW CLOSED

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 05-Nov-13 14:00:43

Last week MNers were asked how they get the best deals on Christmas food and present shopping.

Watch episode 4 of Shop Talk now for tips on savvy seasonal shopping.

Barclaycard Freedom Rewards, in association with Mumsnet, created a new weekly online chat show, Shop Talk, and this is the last episode.

Here's what Barclaycard have to say about the show: "This is the final episode of Shop Talk, a weekly chat show where weve tackled the big shopping stories that you're talking about. A different presenter has hosted each show, and for our last show it was Ruth Langsford. Two panellists, including shopping blogger Emily and Carrie from MNHQ, joined Ruth to discuss surviving the Christmas shop and stocking filler saviours.

With regards to the Barclaycard Freedom Rewards credit card, Barclaycard say: Freedom Rewards is a credit card designed to reward you for the way you already shop. Collect Freedom Rewards points everywhere, and double at UK supermarkets and petrol stations, to turn into vouchers to spend at our huge range of high street and online shop.
If you loved Shop Talk and want to see the highlights from all four shows watch out for them here from Monday 18th November.



KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 19-Nov-13 16:05:25

Thanks for all your comments and tips.

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custardcream1000 Sun 17-Nov-13 22:04:04

Firstly I allocate a budget for each person so I know what I can afford. I start looking for presents from August so I have time to find the best deals and think carefully about what I want to buy each person.

There is nothing worse than last minute shopping. I find it often results in overspending, stress and buying presents for the sake of it.

Happy xmas everyone smile

dragon60 Sun 17-Nov-13 21:03:04

Shop all year around. PIck up bargains in the Christmas sales for the following year. It is never too early to start.

FrenchieMum2Be Sun 17-Nov-13 17:22:26

I have a budget and set list of people to buy presents for. This helps keeping the budget on track, also we put money away each month to pay for Christmas a instead of waiting for December to pay it all. Well that's the plan anyway!

Widgetg Sun 17-Nov-13 17:14:26

I always intend to start christmas shopping early but usually never actually achieve it... But this year I'm pleased to say I bought my first christmas present at the beginning of September and have slowly been getting a few present here and there since then. I have nearly all presents bought and wrapped now which is great, much less stressful than other years and I've managed to get some great offers too!

tiddles12 Sun 17-Nov-13 15:36:59

I tend to buy things from charity shops or in the sales that I think people would like. I also use MSE forums and MN forums to seek out bargains and loo for gifts on ebay.

igu04366 Sun 17-Nov-13 15:21:54

I do occasionally buy some smaller Christmas presents on the spur of the moment throughout the year if I see a good deal, but generally shop around for the best price on my family's main presents. I will compare online prices with those in the shops as it can sometimes be cheaper in store.

In relation to Christmas food, I always just buy this from my usual supermarket but I tend not to go crazy as I don't want food going to waste.

jennyn8545 Sun 17-Nov-13 13:28:13

We have a rough list of what the boys have asked for. From the end of august onwards we start buying to spread the cost.
For main presents or more expensive/ sell out items i usually compare prices online and then go with the best deals, As they say every little helps !

Juicyjo Sun 17-Nov-13 08:46:02

I'm always on the lookout for bargains throughout the year, and take advantage of offers, like 3 for 2, too. I have to admit that I'm not quite so organised with the wrapping of them though! Also, make sure you keep a list of what you've bought, if you buy through the year, or you'll end up like I did a few years ago...forgetting what you've already purchassed, and finding that you've got two presents for some people and none for others!

chrriss Sun 17-Nov-13 06:21:53

OK so I start my Xmas shopping in the January sales (best bargains). Hot UK deals have some great saving throughout the year. I see what I want and then 'mega shop bot' it to see if I can get it cheaper. I prefer to shop online and always look for discount and promo codes and 'free delivery'. I'm not adverse to asking the website for free deliver or discounts too! Lastly go through a money back site for that extra bit of savings! Check returns policy, gifts purchased early need to be able to return after Xmas if not wanted!

carriecakes Sun 17-Nov-13 03:50:18

When it comes to Christmas shopping,
I start very early on,
I normally start on Jan the 1st
I know some think that's wrong!
But I have four kids to buy for
so careful I must be,
its even harder these days,
(Thanks to lack of money!)
So first, I grab the bargains,
from the sales in january
Its amazing what you can get
Bargains, there are so many!
I also use the Charity shops,
My kids don't really care
if their toys been played with before,
as long as its now theirs!
I also make sure I budget
kids don't need too much,
its the memories you make with them
that give the magic touch,
The last thing that I do
is to swap the things our kids don't use,
Us mums and dads we all meet up
and swap toys. clothes and shoes!
This can be amazing, and
save you so much dough!
Just bag up all your kids old stuff
call your friends round and
then go!
But just remember if you're poor like me
that its not how much you spend,
its about the time you have at Christmas
Altogether, in the end. :-)

sydroo Sun 17-Nov-13 02:57:03

I have to say I'm awful at planning, I tend to have a vague idea of what people would need, I don't like buying presents like Santa socks that will either never be used or, given away to a charity shop in three years time when the sock draw is full.
I do all my Christmas shopping in one go, usually at the end of second week of December when shops start reducing prices and introducing buy one get one free offers and take advantage of lat night shopping when it tends too be less crowded.

baconbap Sun 17-Nov-13 00:11:33

I keep an eye out for presents all year round. That way it's less stressful and the cost is spread out

pattiesplum Sat 16-Nov-13 23:21:16

I start shopping for presents in September looking something I hope friends and family will love.

Sticking to my budget is important so I am always on the look out for good buys and attend a few auctions where new/returned goods are auctioned and get some really excellent bargains. Usually manage to get most of my presents this way which means I can buy a "better" present than I could afford in a shop etc,

beehummingbird Sat 16-Nov-13 23:01:10

I just keep an eye out for gifts and deals in general from November onwards.

Also it's worth using the Amazon Prime trial in December, so that any gifts you order will get to you quicker.

piggypoo Sat 16-Nov-13 22:40:32

I work out a budget for each person, then use loyalty points that I've earned through the year, and will use buy 2 get 1 free offers and combine that with points booster vouchers, that way I save quite a bit of cash. If I have to use my credit card, I make sure that I am getting 0% interest and rewards while I spend!

hbakfam Sat 16-Nov-13 22:30:06

Buy things in advance gradually rather than buying them all at once

sjw01 Sat 16-Nov-13 21:50:13

I use my tesco clubcard vouchers for the majority of the kid's presents that i've built up through the year - and for everyone else we always set a £5 limit each so the spending doesn't get out of hand!

shellhughes27 Sat 16-Nov-13 21:14:17

The best advice I can give is set a budget and stick to it shop around price compare and remember loved ones wont care about the value its the though that counts. Prepare by buying all year round to avoid a huge debt.

louisexxx Sat 16-Nov-13 21:12:20

I make a list in January and then keep my eyes open during sales etc for things that I know my family would like. This also helps to spread the cost over the year. That way I can afford to get my family meaningful presents I know they will love while not going into debt at Christmas.

lindyloo50 Sat 16-Nov-13 21:09:07

I do surveys etc all year and save up points and swap them for Amazon vouchers which saves a fortune on Christmas prezzies. So yes I do most of my Christmas shopping online though Amazon. If theres something someone wants in particular, I check TopCash first to see if I can shop through them saving more money.

yclark Sat 16-Nov-13 21:04:12

I start my christmas shopping in the January sales. Boots always have some fab bargains when they drop their prices to 75% off.
Christmas cards that need to be posted I always make use of Funky Pigeons 50% off offers that they do near to christmas, they have some fab cards to choose from that you can add photos etc to and buying more than one card at a time means you also get free postage with them.
Over the year I will use cashback sites whenever I can for purchases like insurance etc and any cashback received goes into a separate account for other christmas presents that haven't already been bought.
Tesco clubcard points are good at christmas time too on their boost and can be doubled up on certain items to save even more either in store or on direct.
This year nectar are doing a double up promotion on various items including frozen desserts which i will double up £10 worth to buy £20 worth of desserts to put away for christmas. I will also combine it with an £8 off £30 spend and save coupon and a £5 brand match coupon meaning i will have £20 of desserts plus another £13 extra to spend on bits that are needed before having to put any real money towards my shop.
My turkey will most likely be a turkey crown from either aldi or lidl as they are looking to be the cheapest. Turkey crown is favoured over a full turkey as no-one eats the legs in our house so less wastage. Veg are also good value from either lidl or aldi.

smit23 Sat 16-Nov-13 20:56:45

Get it over and done with by the end of November! Have some idea of what you're going to buy everyone, or you'll end up spending more than you want to!

sweir1 Sat 16-Nov-13 20:33:55

i shop around all the time using the tinternet

jl81 Sat 16-Nov-13 20:33:14

lists, write ideas down then selectively research them. Buy when I know fully what I want

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