This year Mummy is having to keep an eye on the pennies more than ever, and we are having Christmas on a budget.
With Christmas now round the corner, lots of shops have some brilliant bargains and offers, and it really pays to shop around.
We have asked some other lovely bloggers too for their top tips for saving money at Christmas.
First, here are some bargains we found in Matalan and Tesco for my big bro – great stocking fillers for a 12 year old boy.
1. Slippers – supersoft, plain navy. Nice an warm but cool too £3 Matalan
2.Penguin mug with chocolate sprinkly buttons, great for Hot Chocolate £4, but part of 3for2 offer Matalan
3.Sony Headphones. A MUST for every tween! Blue, pink or white – the only ones my big sis says are good. Only £5 Tesco – half price
4. Bobble hat – again, warm but so cool! Only £3 Matalan
Other great buys are Angry Birds lounge pants (pyjama bottoms) comfy and cool. Only £6 Matalan
And here is a great stocking filler idea for ANY Tween or Teen (or Blogging Mummy!)…
And, only 99p from Dunelm! 99p!! In S/M or M/L sizes
For a little tot like me, here are some fabby ideas to wrap up for Christmas
Gorgeous bobble hats only £3 Matalan, Christmas plate and bowl, £1.50 each Matalan and Mummy’s keepsake for this year, a little 2014 Photo Frame, it doesn’t say First Christmas, so it’s lovely for us littlies who are a bit older. £3 Matalan.
1. When shopping online use Top Cash Back, the completely FREE to join referral site. Mummy has earned over £350 with them so far. If you click here and sign up, we will get a very small referral fee
2. Take advantage of all 3for2 offers – most shops have them – but, do make sure they give you the right item free, you might have to put them through the till separately.
3. Start a new inexpensive tradition, which everyone will love every year. It could be an extra special hot chocolate watching a Christmas film, or one special date that the decorations go up, or the lights are turned on, with Christmas music and treats as well.
4. I am too young to know about how many presents I could get, and because there is a big age gap (10 years) between me and my big brother, Mummy is determined to give us a Christmas with less money spent, concentrating more on making memories, enjoying fun outdoors, and just doing and making things together. My big brother and sisters are excited about this too!
Debbie over at Johnsons Babies has some top tips:
Set a budget and stick to it.
Argos usually has a Toy 3 for 2 offer – especially great for buying Lego
Kate from Family Fever has lots of tips here
Pop over to Raising Emily for great post to see how to save for Christmas
Becky from 3 Princesses 1 Dude Top Tip for Christmas day - If you have family you can invite round for the dinner (2nd most expensive thing after pressies right?) share the cost of the meal out between everyone, that is what we do, someone buys the turkey someone all the other main bits and someone the alcohol! Works for us!
Ali from Mum in a Nutshell has another great tip - we make our own reindeer food with porridge oats (had to use ready Brek one year!) and glitter to put out on the door step Christmas Eve. I also buy all my wrapping paper in the sales & put it away with the decs.
What are your top tips?