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I need to be more organised this christmas. When do you start buying for Christmas and what do you start off buying?


Posted by mom119776, 11th June 2019


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  • I start my prep on boxing day for the following year. Then throughout the year, if I see something on special etc I get it. I have a list of people in my life (adults kids etc) and when they mention etc, or if i know what they like, If i see items throughout the year I get them. i don’t like Christmas shopping as Its a trap to spend more money so I am normally done by October.


  • If I see anything early in the year I get it and put it aside for Christmas. Otherwise I do most of my shop in November.


  • I try to start around the end of November. Lots of giftpacks are out which are great value, lots of sales are starting to happen including black Friday and cyber Monday. I also try and finish or get most done before school finishes because it’s way quieter and easier without the shops full of kids. We keep the food prettty simple in our family so there’s no food preparation weeks in advance.


  • Food prep starts about two weeks out from Christmas.


  • I buy gifts when I find them on special.


  • I start buying as soon as I can I have a permanent box for putting things away for xmas I am half done already this year when I see something on sale that’s a good fit for someone I grab it.. spreads the cost out. Also I make a gift list in January with a list of people a per person budget and gift ideas do i know where I am up to. Also grab grocery gift cards when you have money save them up for xmas food shop.


  • I start with the new year sales by picking up things for the stockings & presents for older members of the family & restart a Xmas club with our bank. I also pick up bits and pieces on sale during the year that I know the kids will like.


  • I buy all throughout the year and hide them in the cupboard


  • Without fail Christmas sneaks up on me, I mean how am I supposed to remember it happens at the same time every year?!!! I start thinking about it around April when I may buy one or two things, think I’m on top of it all because I’ve already started and have soooo long until December anyway. Then. Bam!! It’s next week! And I’m that crazy lady you see running around the store with wild eyes (sometimes foaming at the mouth a little).


  • Kind of depends who I’m buying for…
    Adults… get the usual wine and chocolate, so whenever it’s on special.
    Teenagers… gift cards so last minute.
    Little kids… through out the year when toys are on special


  • Mom119766 – I love to see the Flybuys dollars adding up over the year and then it makes Christmas food shopping so much easier and good on the budget.


  • Ive started putting my woolies rewards away for Christmas and will do the same with flybuys.


  • I buy throughout the year and use Flybuys dollars for Christmas food.


  • I’m always putting things away for xmas, if I see something that would make a good xmas present for someone, even if its at the boxing day sales, I buy it, saves me a lot of stress.


  • I try to buy things at toy sales throughout the year especially for things that are not dated like colouring books, puzzles and educational things.


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