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What is your budget for Xmas this year? I lost my job so just buying for 2 nieces £5 each and my son £50 but he will probably be given that in cash from relatives and he is 1.5 so won’t mind if I borrow it.

Freebiesarefun
1 month ago
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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap1 month ago

Most get £10 but not sure about my kids and partner yet do far £40 each but have £80 Amazon voucher saved ready for black Friday still time for more vouchers though. I find voucher from survey sites make Christmas easier there are chats with sites on for future Christmas and birthday till you can get back on your feet

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Freebiesarefun
Freebiesarefun
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1 month ago

Yeh I have £80 amazon voucher saved so hopefully that will cover it

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig1 month ago

I have already got my sons Christmas presents in the cupboard. I was lucky enough to win a £50 ELC voucher so bought his presents with that. He is only 2 so still doesn't fully understand. We bought my mother in law a kenwood mixer earlier this year so she won't be getting anything as that was her Christmas present. Granny will get a charm for her bracelet and not sure about my parents yet but probably spend £50. Our presents budget for everyone will be £100, with a £20 contingency. Food wise probably £30 for Christmas lunch for the 3 of us. I never spend more than £300 at Christmas and that's for everything, presents, food, cards, gift wrap, gift bags, sellotape, gift tags etc

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap1 month ago

I get my paper gift tags and any decorations inc crackers in January save a little more

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig1 month ago

Imnotcheap we don't have crackers but I get mine in January too. Not that I've bought any for the last few years as I've still got ones from a few years ago

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap1 month ago

Think some of ours quite old mainly used for decorating we pull one each before Christmas dinner and all wear a hat MrsCraig

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig1 month ago

Imnotcheap it is normally just the 2 of us, well 3 now, for Christmas dinner so we don't bother. I don't actually own any Christmas decorations or a tree.

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beccatavender
beccatavender1 month ago

I'm not sure if you want Martin Lewis's programme but every year he does something about not spending £ you didn't have. Following that programme my family and I had a talk and we stopped buying for each other, which was a great relief to all of us. When my kid was that young I picked up a lot of toys 2nd hand and just sterilize them, as you pay a lot for the packaging and they are more interest in tearing the paper.

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Freebiesarefun
Freebiesarefun
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1 month ago

Love Martin’s website! Yes will have a look on fb for some v cheap toys

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davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

It is over 20 years since I came to the arrangement with my friends and family "No Christmas Presents Either Way". It saves them having to buy me something I don't want and vice versa. We just buy ourselves something we actually want. (But only if we want to).😀

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angelik
angelik1 month ago

I don't have a specific budget for Christmas, but I will be spending less this year than usual. I usually do my Christmas shopping instore, going to several different shops. But to avoid the crowds of people who won't be social distancing in store, this year I'll be shopping online and just getting a few presents for people.

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jdible
jdible1 month ago

People don't get yourselfs in debt I will cut our spending this year but our kids will still get the most spent on them along with my partner

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G0501
G05011 month ago

As we're not going to see my family for Christmas this year I need to bring up the subject that we don't do presents.

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Pjran
Pjran1 month ago

I like to buy our children things that they actually need in their homes rather than buying gifts. My son has already suggested a mattress but I will set a cap at £1000.

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MandeeMayson
MandeeMayson1 month ago

Pjran WHOA!! A £1000! is that just for a mattress or for everything!!! ..... that’s a lorra lorra money! Image

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EarlyWorm
EarlyWorm1 month ago

I’m so sorry you lost your job Freebiesarefun. It’s been a rough year for a lot of people. Christmas just adds pressure on people to spend, often what they don’t have, or more than they can afford.

I started doing a spreadsheet of my expected and actual outgoings for birthdays and Christmas a couple of years ago - and I average between £650-750 for a year. My two kids get £100 each for Birthdays and the same at Christmas. The rest of the money is spent on the remainder of the family.

My family mutually agreed on only buying for the children and that has eased the financial burden a lot.

I get most of my pressies in the Boots sale in January each year.

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Freebiesarefun
Freebiesarefun
Original Poster
1 month ago

Thanks I have some part time work but nowhere neat my previous salary

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AliceBell64468
AliceBell644681 month ago

I try and get bits throughout the year but haven’t done very well so far! I have a few small bits and may just stick to a few small bits for the nieces and nephews and maybe a hamper for my parents which I done last year also lol.

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EarlyWorm
EarlyWorm1 month ago

AliceBell64468 I was thinking of making hampers next year by collecting all the long life food freebies I get leading up until Christmas, then topping them up with a few extras. Trouble is, you never know what you are going to get in the way of freebies. Could end up with a right random mix.

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AliceBell64468
AliceBell644681 month ago

Yes they are definitely a good idea when your stuck for a gift. I think you have the right idea doing a spreadsheet so you can keep track and not overspend. Even hampers you think ‘I’ll just add this’ and by the time you know it you’ve spent a lot!

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry1 month ago

I never have a budget and I’m able to purchase what ever I need, it’s just knowing when to stop.

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beccatavender
beccatavender1 month ago

Agree I keep on seeing good deals and think so and so will like but as they are normally between £5-10 you don't think about it, until you find you haven't got much left in your account by the end of the month.

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RegularComper90
RegularComper901 month ago

I don't really have a set budget, but I do like to start early in the year.

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HayleyMcGill
HayleyMcGill1 month ago

I think everyone financial situation is different and it’s easy for people to get stressed at this time

Of year over money. I say you just buy what you can afford. Everyone remembers the memories made not the actual present they got.

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Getsome
Getsome1 month ago

You spend what you can afford its a simple as that.

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