Christmas shopping

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      I am wondering if any one else has started shopping for Christmas yet? My
      husband is a contractor and work slows down around Christmas so money is
      tight. We live in Australia so it is a summer Christmas with a seafood and
      salad lunch.
      I buy a few things I need for Christmas each shopping trip. I have two
      large storage boxes in the bottom of my wardrobe. I put things in there to
      store for Christmas. Just the non perishable type things. At Christmas, I
      get the boxes out and only need to buy perishables. There is always things
      on sale during the year that will keep for Christmas – lollies, cooking
      ingredients, bottles of wine, nuts, soft drinks, chips, crackers, spirits –
      heaps of things. I also always buy Christmas bonbons and cards at the after
      Christmas sales and put them in for the next year. I have a list and cross
      off things I have bought so I can see what I still need to get. By Christmas
      I have two boxes of stuff ready for the Christmas, New Year season. A few
      dollars each week saves me hundreds of dollars at Christmas, and the hassles
      of Christmas shopping.

      I also have a present box. I buy presents for people during the year and
      put in my box. I found I would wander around the shops at Birthdays and
      Christmas thinking – what will I get ‘x’? If I see something now and think,
      ‘x’ would like that or I hear ‘x’ say they like that, I buy it or put it on
      layby. It goes in the box when I get home. I cross peoples names off as I
      get presents. If I see good stocking fillers, they go in too.

      People laugh at my boxes but since I have been doing them I am organised at
      Christmas. People get things they want or like, I get things cheaper
      (especially if it is on sale when I buy it), I dont have to worry about the
      high expense of Christmas because it is spread over the year. I can enjoy
      Christmas without worrying about where money is coming from.

      Brisbane, Australia.

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