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Tips for a Frugal Christmas?

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hey was just wondering if anyone had any tips,tricks towards a frugal Christmas? I no longer waste paper wrapping/packaging and have went the Japanese method of furoshiki wrapping where you use a scarf or fabric to wrap presents we are on our 3rd year of doing this and reusing fabric. I went to my local charity/thrift store and asked did they have any scraps available and got a huge bin bag full. saves the environment and also looks super pretty, What tips, tricks do you use?

KristinaHilditc
2 weeks ago
What do you think of this?
blacklabrador
blacklabrador2 weeks ago

I know it's too late for this coming Christmas, but in January most of the supermarkets are practically giving away excess wrapping paper, decorations etc.

I got some nice 3 metre rolls in Tesco for 10p each.

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap2 weeks ago

That's when I buy mine I also use for birthdays

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lilyflower
lilyflower2 weeks ago

Any money/vouchers earned from survey sites goes in the Christmas fund and I buy accordingly. I also made Advent calendars with freebies collected over the year.

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap2 weeks ago

I do that with vouchers but never thought of that for advent calanders might try that next year

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Pjran
Pjran2 weeks ago

Imnotcheap I have an advent calendar with small pockets that hold little gifts or chocolates. Certainly better than supermarket advent calendars.

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Chelsea0121
Chelsea01212 weeks ago

I stick to a budget and think of what people want and when can I get it throughout the year on any sales or anything like that. I usually save up any extras I make from surveys throughout the year and in January/February time I as much I can in the sales.

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KristinaHilditc
KristinaHilditc
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2 weeks ago

it looks to me i need to get into these surveys quite a few have mentioned them. i only do this site and matched betting.

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Lynibis
Lynibis2 weeks ago

I usually buy Christmas cards, wrap, tags etc in the new year sales when it is selling for pennies.

I am interested to know what happens to the fabric you use, so the recipients also use it again or give it back to you?

If they do not do either then I am not sure it is very environmentally friendly as paper is easily recyclable.

I start buying long life foods like pickles, stuffing, puddings, biscuits etc with my weekly shop so I really only need meat and veg come Christmas.

If money is tight explain to friends that you will only be buying for loved ones and ask them not to buy for you to avoid embarrassment.

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KristinaHilditc
KristinaHilditc
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2 weeks ago

the pretty scarfs the recipients use again so like two presents in one the fabric they can choose to reuse or give back i have had both happen. We use in our crafts boxes also.

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tara73ziva
tara73ziva2 weeks ago

I stick to a budget as well and I buy a lot in the sales in January to put away for Christmas, I buy through out the year to, and I save my nectar points for shopping

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly252 weeks ago

How about homemade gifts . With blackberries now in season, you could make jam? Biscuits and cakes are also always welcome.

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KristinaHilditc
KristinaHilditc
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2 weeks ago

we are off out today foraging to start these jams, chutneys etc. we always do handmade gifts to.

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap2 weeks ago

Last year as an extra I made a book of vouchers for my family with fun little activities

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KristinaHilditc
KristinaHilditc
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2 weeks ago

we did this also great idea as catered to person

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Pjran
Pjran2 weeks ago

Last year the whole family agreed from this year we would just buy a token gift £10 max. I’m glad we chatted and agreed.

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock2 weeks ago

Pjran this is such a good idea. I know people who send round lists of things they'd like, a bit like wedding lists. I can't see the point and not everyone can afford it.

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beccatavender
beccatavender2 weeks ago

My sister's and I have agreed not to buy each other gifts plus we have put a budget on what we can spend on the kids.

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didbygraham
didbygraham2 weeks ago

we have cut back on who we give presents to especially within the wider extended families. We dont bother at all with cards either. Having said that I am probably spending more on better presents for fewer people rather than saving any money!

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RegularComper90
RegularComper902 weeks ago

It's September. 😆

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KristinaHilditc
KristinaHilditc
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2 weeks ago

4 kids so need to start early to be able to afford the day

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sunny101
sunny1012 weeks ago

Stick to a budget for each of the recipients - home made all the way for someone on a tight budget. Contrary to anyone who always buys gifts, a handmade effort is always appreciated. You put more time in!

Chutneys, jams, fudge, bath salts, infused alcohol decanted into small bottles. Crackers with freebies that you've managed to pick up throughout the year. If they aren't appreciated then they clearly don't understand the word 'struggling'. Come back and tell us what you're going to try.

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cocolgooh
cocolgooh2 weeks ago

I make a lot of presents myself to save on money and to give the recipient something they like. I’ve made things like cookies, chutneys and jams, done portraits (pet or human), paintings, made bookmarks, sewn bags, etc. Some things can cost more to make yourself, but as you said using charity shops you can save quite a bit on the cost of materials too.

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry2 weeks ago

I have stopped buying presents and just have a lovely meal with the family. We still have a very enjoyable day with a lot less stress.

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KristinaHilditc
KristinaHilditc
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2 weeks ago

family ans those who spend it with is the most important

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SarahHorsfield
SarahHorsfield2 weeks ago

I only send Xmas cards to my daughters

I am thinking of parcel wrap this so it can recycled

But thinking from a post I just read I might just use the brown paper from Amazon parcel s

Also save padded envelopes you get sent I always reuse mine to send to others

But love the idea of using cloth materials but won’t get recycled as good

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lornaae
lornaae2 weeks ago

I don’t buy normal wrapping paper - mostly due to the wastefulness of it - and instead buy brown paper which is recyclable. I sometimes leave this plain or decorate myself (quick and easy to do with stamps or you could use paint, pens etc). You can get a roll of brown paper in Home Bargains for 59p. I also use paper tape as opposed to cello tape (again paper tape is recyclable where plastic tape isn’t). I don’t bother with cards, tags and bags - another perk of brown paper is it’s great to write on! 🙂

For presents, I buy most online and always use cash back sites (Quidco, Topcashback). Always worth shopping around and checking prices on different sites before buying anything. I prefer not to buy things for the sake of it so opt for vouchers/experiences in the place of gifts that people may not want/need. Alternatively making up a box/bag of their favourite things is a nice gift - for example filling a cardboard box with someone’s favourite sweets, chocolate, biscuits, toiletries, drinks etc is a nice gift you know will be appreciated and not go to waste 🙂

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lornaae
lornaae2 weeks ago

Also always look for discount codes when buying online too, sometimes you can use discount codes and still get cash back 🙂

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Johnny
Johnny2 weeks ago

Christmas presents look nice wrapped in newspaper, or you can use any spare wallpaper.

Just add some pretty curled ribbon, wool or string, and it'll cost you almost nothing.

I recycle Christmas cards, cutting out nice images to use as Gift Tags, and use a hole punch to create a hole for the string.

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ramtec
ramtec2 weeks ago

cancel it hahaha. I usually have a list of who I need to buy for and then throughout the year get them bits and bobs especially on these deal type forums, then it isn't too expensive and you can give some really good presents

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock2 weeks ago

Around this time of year I start collecting food for hampers and buy nice little hessian bags to put them in. A lot of the food is free or cheap from cashback apps.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 weeks ago

We only buy for family members. We set a strict budget and don't go over it. We recycle gift bags every year and we don't send Christmas cards. I save up vouchers from surveys sites and loyalty points and use them towards buying presents for our son. I only buy food that I know we will eat and there is never any waste. All of our decorations are 2nd hand from my mum, so I've never had to buy any. I don't have any Christmas lights on though as it makes the bill higher so I don't bother. I will buy my son 2nd hand items as it is cheaper and he doesn't know they aren't brand new as he will only be 3 this Christmas, plus the majority of his stuff is 2nd hand so he might as well get used to it early!

I've said it so many times, no point going into debt for one day! Spend only what you can afford.

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KristinaHilditc
KristinaHilditc
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2 weeks ago

yes yes yes!!

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stuartsmith544
stuartsmith5442 weeks ago

I do wombling so I make easily at least £50 to £100 every 1 to 2 months to spend on amazon , paypal and into my bank account .We then work out what the bill is for the presents and normally I can halve the bill of what the kids want .

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KristinaHilditc
KristinaHilditc
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2 weeks ago

what is wombling please?

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stuartsmith544
stuartsmith544a week ago

KristinaHilditc Wombling is picking up receipts which people have dropped on the floor . I used to do it mainly for Asda as they had a promotion called APG where if Asda wasn't 10% cheaper they would give u a coupon to spend money in the store . That ended a few years ago but I still carried on doing it . I pick up the receipts and have many numerous apps that I take photos of the receipts and you get awarded points which then convert into Amazon codes which then we tend to use them for our childrens birthdays in April and May and then Christmas presents. With the apps as long as you follow the rules you are fine to do the receipts . I also womble at Sainsburys and Tescos and gain nectar points and clubcard points . I got enough on Tesco a few years ago before covid came along to get a family rail card pass and 5 merlin passes .

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KristinaHilditc
KristinaHilditc
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a week ago

stuartsmith544 oh wow thats a great way hadn't heard of it before then googled after you said. we wouldn't be able to do it as we shop local with farmers,greengrocers, grass fed animals etc so don't use supermarkets. great idea though and love the term wombling lol

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PinkElephant26
PinkElephant26a week ago

stuartsmith544 which apps do you tend to use? I used to use shoppix (I think) a long time ago but you could only upload a small amount every week and it was taking forever, I haven't seen any other receipt apps though. Thanks

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TiaTia
TiaTia2 weeks ago

I buy my cards and wrapping paper in the sales for pennies, pick up bits and pieces throughout the year when I see good offers. I only buy food and drinks that I know we will use, as long as everyone's happy that's what matters most to me.

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Glitterandgold
Glitterandgolda week ago

Limit who you buy for, Set a price for those you do & stick to it. Food: Buy exactly what you need. So many people overspend on food needlessly at Christmas & alit just gets wasted. Skip on things such as Christmas Eve boxes etc.

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wonderingsoul
wonderingsoula week ago

old christmas card fronts used as lables to save some money or time, sometimes charity shops have good gifts you can give and buy part of a turkey not a full one if you wont use it all

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