Christmas Spends 1


Written by Kayleigh | BabyPixieAndBeauty


Christmas is the best time of the year, for me anyway. I love the Christmas inspired drinks that come out, the festive cheer in all the shops and work places, the cute little outfits I can dress my toddler in (just me?!), but I don’t like having to buy presents.

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Actually that’s a lie, I love buying presents, I hate not having the money for them! If you’re anything like my sensible mam, you would have saved all year, put a little bit of money aside each month, bought things in boots to get the boots points, and similar things in other stores so that when Christmas comes around there is a lovely, stress free shopping trip buying amazing things for all of the family and somehow just knowing what everyone wants.

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If you’re anything like me, you will have done none of that and will now be panic saving in November. Having a toddler who is 15 months old means that all of my money goes on nursery fees (I have to work, I wish I could just win the lottery!), a mortgage and all the cute things I buy her all of the time because I have an inability to walk past anything cute. For example, just last week I was walking past Next, okay okay I was going into Next because I can’t go into town and not go in!, and saw the cutest little turtle neck top for Emily. Did she need it? No. Did she want it? Probably not. But I bought it anyway because it would look so adorable with her little jeans. I just can’t save money. Having a child just takes up any spare cash you used to have, or at least it does in my house!

So, what do I do in the run up to Christmas? I buy all of my extended family wine, usually the wine in the offers in the supermarket (no-one ever said I was a good niece 😂), I think the wine is on offer in ASDA at the moment 6 for £24, so twelve of those takes care of them.

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My parents and sister are a whole different story. My sister always wants something expensive, but I have discovered Amazon. Whatever she wants from the stores, I can usually find on Amazon for a lot cheaper, I was dubious at first but everything I have bought previously have been legit. I also love boots 3 for 2 offers, I can usually find something for my sister, mam and cousins in here and to be honest there are some good bargains! It makes it look like I’ve spent more than I have and been thoughtful too (unless they also shop in Boots and have seen the prices). I also buy all of my makeup from Boots, so like my mam I do tend to accumulate points, last year I managed to have about £60 worth of points thanks to watching out for triple points weekends and other offers which increase the points you get (worth watching out for!)
For Emily’s presents, I tend to watch out for anything that I want for her coming into an offer, which does occasionally happen! I’ve signed up for emails from Mothercare and various other places so that I am always made aware of any toy or clothes sales occurring.

I would suggest that my mams technique is the best as she doesn’t have the last minute panic that I do, but who doesn’t love finding a bargain!!

What do you do at Christmas?
Xxx

 

Written by Kayleigh | BabyPixieAndBeauty

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  • Becster

    I need to take a leaf out of your mam’s book and start saving! I’m also tempted by all the cute stuff that we don’t need/want so you’re not the only one there! And yup, also guilty of the panic saving/buying in November. Although this year I did pick up a lot of the toys on a 20% off weekend in Smyths. One part of me thinks it was genius and the other part is now thinking where the hell did I store them all!