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- August 16, 2003 at 10:35 pm #249969
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
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.
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