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Watch “HOW TO STOP SPENDING MONEY 💸 (15 tips to stop impulse shopping + save money with minimalism)” on YouTube

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Watch “HOW TO STOP SPENDING MONEY 💸 (15 tips to stop impulse shopping + save money with minimalism)” on YouTube

HI ALL ITS ANOTHER DAY OF BLOGMAS.

DAY 12:

I’m starting this blog whilst waiting to help take my son to his school church service today, it is amazing how you can use such little time to do bits and bobs, Thank the lord for APPS AND SMART PHONES!

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This time of year we can spend, spend, spend, and be anxious at the same time because we are getting into debt as we do so. yet we have all these gifts to buy and birthdays too, like in my world, yet how can we save money and stop spending so we have more of it, without being out of pocket?

Please watch this video below about How to stop spending money, with 15 tips to stop impulse shopping and save money with minimalism.

This video is by Home Happy Life and they do great content like the video above.

I do believe you should treat yourself but if you are doing it 3 or 4 times a day, or you can’t just buy the one item and you feel that guilt where you know it will damage your self esteem and effect your relationships, which in turn leads to regret, then it isn’t a treat at all.

TREAT IS AN ITEM THAT GIVES YOU ENERGY NOT DESTROY IT! SO RATHER THAN BUY, INVEST AND CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO SEE HOW YOU CAN STILL TREAT YOURSELF WITHOUT SPENDING.

A treat doesn’t have to be a materialistic thing it can be anything,

Tips to treat yourself with less spending or even for free

 

So I hope this helps you with trying to not impulse buy, stop spending and save, and if you have other tips then please share if you wish. All comments can be shared below.

To keep ups to date with my blogs then you can follow me on WordPress.com and I will be blogging some more, I will be posting one more today on my site:

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

All my Blogmas posts for this year can be found on my main site:

https://www.carriesrealworld.com/

To visit my other sites I write blogs on please check out these following links below:

https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

https://sportsandfitnesspassion.wordpress.com/

I hope you have a good rest of the day and many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Watch “LIFE-CHANGING GIFT WRAPPING HACKS” on YouTube

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Watch “LIFE-CHANGING GIFT WRAPPING HACKS” on YouTube

BLOG NUMBER 2 FOR BLOGMAS DAY 15! PLEASE CHECK OUT MY OTHER BLOG I JUST WROTE ON MY HOMEWARES PAGE ON CARRIESREALWORLD ABOUT STORAGE IDEAS, BECAUSE ASWELL AS USING ITEMS TO STORE THINGS IN YOUR HOME, THEY CAN ALSO BE GREAT TO USE AS GIFT BOXES AND HAMPERS TOO, AND YOU MAY ALREADY HAVE SOME ITEMS IN YOUR HOME THAT YOU MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT, (see link below):

https://www.carriesrealworld.com/homewares/storage-ideas-for-the-home

To carry on with the home and Christmas gift theme, I wanted to share this video below of some gift wrapping hacks by Emily Norris, who does some brilliant Youtube content.

I love a hack and would often dread gift wrapping because I would lose patience and stick the sellotape in the wrong place, and they would end up looking like a total mess.

Gift bags are great and I do reuse these when they are given to me, but following these hacks below has helped me this year, and there are different ways to wrap gifts rather than the traditional old fashion way, which can create extra purposes for gifts of today. 

So check out below and give them a go.

 

 

If you too have any hacks to share about gift wrapping or any hacks that will help me and my readers at Christmas because we can often get behind, then please share your comment below if you wish, and you can follow me too, by pressing the option below after this blog.

Please see links to my other blog sites where I will also be posting blog for this blogmas and what ever is in my mind:

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https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

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HAPPY SUNDAY!

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Why Pottering around helps me get other things done and save me time. BLOGMAS DAY 7!

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Why Pottering around helps me get other things done and save me time. BLOGMAS DAY 7!

What is that yes its still blogmas, its day 7

HELLO AND WELCOME TO BLOGMAS DAY 7!

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ MY OTHER BLOGS FOR BLOGMAS THEN PLEASE CHECK OUT MY SITE https://www.carriesrealworld.com where you will find all my new and recent blogmas posts. 

Welcome to Blogmas

 

In today’s post I am sharing more details of how else I like to save time, because my other post relating to this one How I save myself time and money, seemed to go down very well.

Here is why Pottering around helps me get other bits done and save me time. 

Well basically  “Pottering around”  is one of my “favourite things” to go around the house without really thinking about it too much and just going with whatever I think or feel needs doing, because it stops me from being lazy and doing nothing.

PLUS IT USES UP TIME I HAVE SPARE AND DO THINGS THAT CAN TAKE TWO SECONDS AND I DON’T NEED TO DO AGAIN FOR A WHILE. 

There is no system or method to it, its just putting things away, sorting things out and just having a general (no speed clean) but at a calm and steady pace and I often surprise myself of just how much I can ACCOMPLISHED.

Amazing how pottering around can save you so much time

 

 

 

DO NOT GET ME WRONG I AM NOT TRYING TO GLOAT OR SAY “LOOK AT ME” AND MAKE YOU FEEL THAT I AM THE PERFECT INSTAGRAM MOTHER WHO HAS THE PERFECT HOME AND PERFECT CHILD. 

That will never be the case, it’s just that sometimes if you allow yourself to just do things as you see them, without worry, thinking too much and planning, it is surprising how you can still be productive without having to put it down on your to do list for the day and make the most of the time you have, that will help you to have more time to do other things in that day.

Last Wednesday I came home from dropping my son off at school and checked my watch and I had twenty minutes before an appointment I had arranged with my Keyworker.

This person has been helping me with my anxiety and I would recommend getting home help if you have it in your area, through the NHS if you are suffering with Mental health.

Here is what I did that day as I pottered around:

  • put the washing up away from breakfast into cupboards and draws where they belong, which lead me to cleaning the sink, that was on my to do list that day
  • cleared our laundry we had done the day before that was dry and took this upstairs
  • put the clean clothes away
  • then tidied the cushions on the sofa in the living room
  • Tidied any toys on the floor that my son had left that morning
  • Put items together that I need for my blogs and to do other bits I planned on the computer
  • Then sorted out a warranty that needed to be cancelled, to then go through my notebook to see if there was anything else I could do within that time.

I even potter around the house in the mornings before Henry goes to school.

A quick time saving tip# if I know I am cleaning upstairs the next day I will take the polish and cloth with me when I go to bed the night before, leave this beside my bed so I can then before Henry goes to school, clean upstairs without needing to go downstairs to get these cleaning items, to potter around so I can have a day to do other bits and bobs. 

TRY IT. SAVES SO MUCH TIME!

Continuing on about last Wednesday before my appointment with my Keyworker. I could have done some more of my items on my to do list in my notepad, prior to pottering around, but some tasks like blogging for example I know will take some time and didn’t want to be half way through a post and then have to stop, as I most likely will forget what I wrote and then this could then lead me to take longer on a blogpost, not having time to do other things I had planned that day.

Another quick tip# circle or highlight all the items on your to do list that take no longer than 5 minutes, and they say do the longer things first, but for me this doesn’t help me save time at all and if you have appointments during the day you can’t always do the longer jobs first.

I don’t worry about that.

I do all the little jobs to then focus on the bigger jobs. 

I even pottered around today after we (my husband and I) went to town to have our weekend coffee and get some bits we needed to clean our house. This allowed me to put the items away that we just bought upstairs, which then lead me to want to create some bits for my son to help him with his learning that I had been meaning to do for a while and meant I could tick off another item on my to do list, that I had been meaning to do for a while and then do other things.

WEEKENDS ARE THE BEST FOR POTTERING AROUND!

I find that the weekends are perfect for me to do some pottering around because I do have more time to catch up on tiding and get ahead for Monday and the week ahead.

WITH POTTERING AROUND YOU JUST GO WITH THE FLOW AND CLEAN AS YOU GO!

So if YOU don’t like to necessarily do a speed clean because you find you get flustered and you want to clean but still take your time then pottering around is

THE BEST THING!

Pottering stops me from procrastinating and doing nothing.

If you to are a fellow potterer and you have another method of saving time or a hack. I love hacks. Please share in the comments below.

To read more of my blogs and to visit my other sites I share blogs on, please check out the links below, as well as the link I shared above to my site carriesrealworld.com.

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

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Enjoy the rest of your Saturday and I will post for day 8 tomorrow, but until then many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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10 Great Christmas Hacks

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10 Great Christmas Hacks

Welcome to Blogmas

BLOGGING EVERYDAY UNTIL 25TH DEC

Yes it is Day 4 of Blogmas and I have already written one post today on my website:

http://www.carriesrealworld.com 

Sharing some Gift Ideas and Offers and be quick as a lot of the items are on limited sale and running out of stock.

Anyway in this blog I am sharing 10  Great Christmas Hacks. I love a good hack and so I hope these will save you a lot of time and money.

  1. Instead of using a Christmas stocking or wrapping paper, why not use a pillow case or even a single duvet cover. That’s what I am doing for my son this year and if you can sow why not sow their names on it or tie with ribbon with a label. As a kid this is what we were given as a stocking and can save you a lot of money on wrapping. Or you can use luggage bags, there are some I share on my first blog I wrote today (see above) on Groupon which would be great to put some little gifts in, and then they can use it as a luggage bag or storage aswell.
  2. Use clothes tags like I have done, which you get when you buy products and clothing and will do this, this year aswell and cover with craft paper and stickers so you don’t have to spend any money on a single label. Or like I have also done bought a box of 80 Christmas labels, for items and cards that need to be sent into the post, or even better print some of your own. I did that one year, can’t at the moment as printer not working, but can save you heaps.
  3. Rather than buying different types of wrapping paper for girls and boys, why not buy a huge roll of brown paper and if you can draw, draw some lovely picture on it to do something a bit different or use stickers. Write a little quote or a personalised message. And don’t be afraid to use other paper, I have some patterned wrapping paper not necessarily Christmassy but doesn’t mean I can’t use it and will just turn it into festive wrapping with stickers and ribbon, or even use washi tape if you have any.
  4. If you don’t want to get any more new baubles for your tree and do something that can get kids involved and they like crafting get some stencils which you can print free online or if you have programmes like Microsoft publisher for example and create some stencils, have them cut these out and make some stars, pictures of Santa Clause, baubles and use glitter, colouring pens, crayons to decorate, use a pin or a hole punch to make a hole, if you have some ribbon or string, tie that thorough the hole, make a knot and there you have your own created decor for your tree. You can also do the same for other decor, like create if you have a load of photos that your are not sure what to do with, make a collage, on paper with stickers, cards and craft paper, etc and use a frame out of paper or card too, and then you can get some good sticky removable wall stickers that you can stick the collage with on a wall and them easily remove and there you have some Christmas home made decor. Or like I have done with a frame upstairs, is have it on a windowsill for display.
  5. Not sure if this is really a hack but we do it when we buy a chicken or a joint of meat for our Sunday lunch and really saves us a lot of time at that is cook your turkey or whatever joint of meat your having the night before,and then all you have to do is bake the baked potatoes and vegetables.
  6. Use any pillow cases and duvet covers that aren’t being used as storage bags to keep your Christmas decor dust free and in a safe place where they won’t get broken, attack a label once filled and store in a cupboard ready to use for next year.
  7. One thing I have done is have everything for the dinner table already on Christmas blanket, like the napkins, with knifes and forks and spoons, take each corner of the blanket or table cloth carry it onto the table, straightened the cloth on the table and then laid out the place mats, coasters and utensils required without having to do it all bit by bit and you can do the same when tidying it away into the kitchen, saving yourself having to pick up little bits of food that can drop to the floor and then its just put all cutlery and table wear that can be washed in the sink and cloth if reusable into the washing machine.
  8. Any baubles you do have left over that didn’t make it onto the tree this Christmas why not make them to give a bit of extra decor into a pretty basket or you can even use a bowl, you can even use some dried fruit or pine cones and place onto a shelve on top of a your dashboard or on your dining table and you have your own free centerpiece. Check out my example of the one I created which I have done since last Christmas and it helps make the table glow even more.

9. If you want to decorate the banisters but you don’t want to buy a reef and spend too much then why not use some scarfs or thick ribbon, and attach some very cheap fake flowers.

10. If you want to create some hampers but you don’t necessarily want to buy loads of baskets and shredded paper, then why not use your own shredded paper if you have a shredder at home, or cut up some paper or you can even use cotton wall balls, and cover with some spare fabric, like cut up a blanket you no longer use for example, and use a storage box you no longer need and then you just buy some cellophane which isn’t expensive at all and then there you have your own hamper. The contents of the hamper doesn’t have to be a lot either. If you have any hot chocolate sachets that still got a while to expire that you haven’t used, a mug you no longer need but it is in good condition, if you have a bag that that has never been used, you can be as creative as you like and for example when making my sons own Advent Calendar this year please check out my last post on this site THE FIRST BLOG FOR BLOGMAS! Make your own Advent Calendar and bring romance back this Christmas!

I used some items that were from some previous Christmas crackers which had never been used. So there are so man things you can do to save yourself time and money, but still have a very merry Christmas.

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So I will post some more blogs, not sure if there will be another today, but keep checking my sites see below and there will be many more blogs to come:

https://www.carriesrealworld.com/

https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

https://sportsandfitnesspassion.wordpress.com/

If you have any hacks for Christmas that I haven’t mentioned that you would like to share with me and others who read my blogs on this site, then please leave a comment below.

You can keep up to date with all my blogs by following me on WordPress.com

Many thanks for reading and have a great rest of the day,

 

Carrie X

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THE FIRST BLOG FOR BLOGMAS! Make your own Advent Calendar and bring romance back this Christmas!

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THE FIRST BLOG FOR BLOGMAS! Make your own Advent Calendar and bring romance back this Christmas!

HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE FIRST BLOG FOR BLOGMAS! If you didn’t know I will be posting blogs on one or more (seeing how it goes) of my blogging sites for 25 days from today until Christmas day.

THAT IS A WHOLE LOT OF BLOGGING BUT I AM SO READY SOOO LETS GO

The first blog post I wanted to write was about Making your own Advent Calendar and bring romance back this Christmas!

I made my son’s own Advent Calendar this year and yes I spelled Advent wrongly which I realised after sharing on Instagram, so I will add the D whilst son is a sleep tonight and hopefully he’ll my son will be none of the wiser.

You can make it as snazzy as you like and can be very cost effective way to save on Advent this year. I didn’t want Henry to just have chocolate because he eats that everyday and we want to cut down on his chocolate in take as too much is not good for them and I got the idea from watching a video by Louise Pentland about Advent Calendars and ideas for it.

I got my boxes from Amazon and it came as a huge bundle with string and came as 80 boxes so I will be using some for putting some Christmas Presents into, and will have some left over for next year.

Here is a link so you can see these boxes on Amazon along with the stickers:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07QYL44F1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07YWG7CZW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07R4Y2WKR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

A GREAT WAY TO MAKE A SAVING!

The stickers I bought separately. but again these came from Amazon too and again I have a lot left over so can use them for my planners, to add to my gift wrapping, there is so much I can do.

The items inside are some gifts my mum had from Christmas crackers from last Christmas that had not been used, I bought some packs of little cars, bikes and trains to go inside. Yes they were for 3 years + but I know Henry still loves playing with such things and so will get so much joy out of them.

These you can get from a local toy shop or stores such as Poundland.

I have added a few chocolates inside a few boxes, which were ones we had left over from halloween and my husband loves to get boxes of Roses, Quality Street and Heroes when they are on offer so used some of these and also included some experiences. These were a bus tour around London with mum and dad to see the lights at Christmas, which we have booked via Groupon.

This was with 56% off. A day at a zoo or farm and a visit to Battersea Park to play football and walk along the river during half term, because he really enjoyed that when we did that during Autumn’s half term.

You can put in what ever you want and whatever budget you have. I even used the paper hats you get in Christmas crackers to put inside some of the boxes, as Henry loves hats at the moment.

 

LET YOUR CREATIVITY GO WILD!

 

To Bring romance back this Christmas then instead of waiting for your spouse to do it, because lets face it not everyone has romance in their body and have no idea that you want more romance unless you say, create it yourself.

Romance is like the word success IT CAN BE WHAT EVER YOU WANT IT TO BE!

  1. Create them an Advent Calendar with promises you will make to them each day, example “I will stop assuming you know what I am thinking and will communicate better so you know what it is I want”. I often forget that Elv much as he is good at a lot of things, is not able to read my mind, and thankful that he can’t, but then I get annoyed because he didn’t do something that I had in my head. He can’t see what’s in my head unless I say, so one thing I have and will continue to work on is to not assume but say. You can make Promised, like to make them lunch everyday for work if you don’t already, take them to their favourite restaurant for a meal, and make a note of each promises so you remember too.
  2. Set a date in the Diary and plan a date night before Christmas without the kids. I love my son to the moon and back, but we all need that time to ourselves, alone and with our spouses, partners and loves ones, without being interrupted because your child wants a particular programme on the TV. Once you set a date stick to it and you don’t have to necessarily have to go out, out, but like me and my husband did yesterday. We were supposed to be watching football at our local club in Leatherhead, but the game got cancelled so instead we picked up some Fish N Chips and chilled and relaxed and watched some football on the TV instead.
  3. Good old fashioned breakfast in bed. I often and no I am not saying I am perfect because I know I am not, I will whilst I make a cup of tea and do my son’s brekkie will make Elv some toast, or even scrambled, fried or boiled egg on toast and take it upstairs so he can eat it with a cup of tea whilst watching some Saturday or Sunday morning TV.
  4. Use your days off and weekends to do something a bit different to the norm. Check out Groupon, Virgin Experience Days, Red Letter Days, etc for different offers on meals and experiences. Give that to your love one as part of their Christmas Advent Calendar or Christmas gift.
  5. Create a play list or a CD with all the songs that you and your spouse/partner/girlfriend/boyfriend love to listen to and marks certain parts of your’s and their lives. Example for us: A Groovy Kind of Love by Phil Collins, because this was our song that played when I walked up the aisle to marry my husband.

If there are other things you would like to add that I haven’t of how to bring romance back into your  life this Christmas then please share. You can leave a comment below.

I will be posting again tomorrow on one of my other websites to continue Blogmas, so please see links to my other sites below:

https://www.carriesrealworld.com/

https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

https://sportsandfitnesspassion.wordpress.com/

Enjoy the rest of Sunday!

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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BLOGMAS IS HERE! POSTING EVERYDAY FROM TOMORROW 1ST OF DEC TO THE 25TH DEC 2019

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BLOGMAS IS HERE! POSTING EVERYDAY FROM TOMORROW 1ST OF DEC TO THE 25TH DEC 2019

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YES, YES, YES! For the first time ever I am going to be doing Blogmas, where I will be posting a blog either on this site, on my main site https://www.carriesrealworld.com or my other WordPress sites (see links to these below):

https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

https://sportsandfitnesspassion.wordpress.com/

This will be everyday from tomorrow the 1st December to the 25th December, Christmas day.

I am not going to lie I am pretty apprehensive about it as there will be days where tiredness or busyness of doing other things may get in the way but even if it is sharing a video, about an article or book, etc I am going to post.

Already this morning as I have been preparing for this year doing Blogmas we have had a few strops, my son, me and my husband but the one thing that I love about my family is however much we may moan to one another we always laugh at the end.

Today it is Saturday and I have had a productive morning with doing a home workout whilst catching up on some Youtube, working on my blogs and giving my son his breakfast, and soon I will be getting mine and hubby’s breakfast on too.

So I am ready for the day, we are off to the football whilst my son spends time with his nanny (my mum) and visits Bockets Farm, which is great for kids as they do a Christmas event there, which is one of the reasons why Henry is going and is going to spend sometime with his cousins too.

I wish you all a great day and please look out for my posts which I will putting up on my Pinterest and social media accounts aswell, and lets get this show on the road!

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Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

I am glad that Christmas isn’t everyday

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I was going over what to write in this weeks blog and the song “I wish it could be Christmas everyday” by Wizzard came into my head, because in thinking about this song, I am glad that Christmas isn’t everyday. If it were we all be skint by the first week of January and more in debt, the shops would be endlessly busy and having your Christmas lights on all year round would make the utility bills go up and to be honest I’d be done with Christmas by the first two weeks of the year. It would be like “Okay I’m done with Christmas can we move on now?”.

However it doesn’t stop me from getting into the spirit. In fact I have today put up some more decorations including our Christmas tree in the living room. There is more to be added, but glad I have made a start.

The one thing I do to save myself money is have an artificial tree and we have one which sprinkles snow over the tree and is great as we can pack it away in its box it came in and into our shed once Christmas has finished for the next year, and one thing we can already cross off our list.

I use baubles not just for decorating on our tree, but around the house too. You can get some cheap hooks from places like Wilkos and hang baubles around the house. Once christmas is done if you get the hooks with stickers they can be easily be taken off the wall without leaving a mark.

I do buy a few new items mainly from Poundland or from charity shops. Check out Youtube channels such as Life at the cottage and Kate McCabe

They often do charity shop hauls which can give you ideas of what good finds you can get from such shops. However do browse around because even in charity shops the price on Christmas decor can be just a pricey so do your research, and remember that a lot of stores will be trying to get rid of their Christmas stock in January so have a look around then for Christmas decorations too.

After watching a video on Youtube by Life at the cottage where she did a recent haul her last thrift Tuesday video for this year, it gave me an idea of next year buying gifts from charity shops or handmade. I have bought gifts for people from charity shops before, but this year I kind of forgot to look in these stores and I can not for the life of me workout why, because this is one thing I regularly do. However I am going to next year or go handmade.

The other thing I am saving money on this year is selection boxes. I will not be buying as really my son for example has chocolate all year round so why would giving him a selection box be any different? Instead I am going to get some Christmas chocolates to perhaps hang on our tree or to put into his stocking instead, or even which is quite popular with my son and nieces too, chocolate coins. These always go down well.

So I am going to be on my way and get on with the rest of the day, and will post again on this site again next week. Until then have a good rest of the week and don’t let Christmas stress you out. If you need to scream into a pillow then do so or have a relaxing bath, then do that too.

Let me know how you save money at Christmas and if you would like Christmas everyday. You can leave a comment below.

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