Honestly, I couldn’t feel less festive if I tried right now so this week, I’ve been really trying to get into the Christmas spirit a little bit more by doing as much Christmassy things as I could think of….
1) This week I’ve cashed in my Tesco clubcard vouchers that I’ve been saving since the Summer and have them ready to help with my Christmas shop. We don’t do a huge shop for Christmas but we do like the off bottle of Advocaat (for snowballs) and Baileys along with the obligatory tin of Roses to stuff yourself on after Christmas Dinner.
I didn’t have a huge amount as we swapped them for vouchers or meals out when we were on holiday in the Summer but we had enough to cover a few little treats which makes them even more of a treat.
2) I also checked my Boots Advantage card to see how many points I’d saved on there this year and managed to buy something from Miss Frugal’s Christmas list using them. I can’t tell you what i bought because laptops have ears but I can tell you that it was already a great price which was made even better because I paid with my points.
3) I love the idea of a real Christmas tree but hate the idea of the pine needles everywhere and the fact you can’t just pack it up in a box and pop it in the loft when you’re done like you can with an artificial one. To satisfy myself though, I’ve had my eye on some lovely Christmas bouquets in Tesco which have some lovely festive greenery in them. I bought one last week reduced when I popped to Tesco and it looks, and smells, beautiful.
Before I put it into a big vase, I spread it all out and spent a good half an hour taking photos of it – for no reason other than I wanted to. I had a lovely half hour arranging it and rearranging it with Christmas carols in the background!
4) We’ve had a chat about Christmas Dinner and we’ve decided not to go all out with a turkey and all of the trimmings. Our decision had nothing to do with money (although it will save us a fortune) but was more to do with the fact that we all want to spend a lovely family day together with as little cooking and pot washing as possible. We’re going with gammon which will be cooked in the slow cooker the day before or even early on Christmas morning. We’re not having a Christmas pudding or a Christmas cake either because none of us are keen on them and we’d just be getting them because that’s what you’re supposed to have if you know what I mean. We’ll have a simple roast dinner followed by Baileys Cake which we know we’ll all enjoy and no-one will have to spend long making it or cleaning up after it.
5) I bought some lovely Christmas cards in the sale last January that had something like 75% off because I wanted to send Christmas cards to my friends and family rather than a message on Facebook or a text or email like I have done over the last few years. It’s a good job I did as I haven’t really seen many people over the last few months with me being ill so this week, I’ve taken my time writing my cards with personal messages and updates in every one of them. I spent hardly any money on the cards since I bought most of them so cheaply (some were from Tesco as I ran out of my bargain ones) and I’m going to try and get around and deliver them by hand at some point before Christmas (or even better, invite people to me).
For the cards we’ve already given out, we made some cute little gingerbread men to deliver too (no idea why Master Frugal took this photo upside down but there you go)….
And because I’m loving a good Christmas flatlay lately, here’s one I took while I was writing them….
6) I also have a sixth one this week although it’s not something I’ve done but something you might like to do if you have children to keep entertained! I’ve just seen that Cat from Cat’s Yellow Days has shared 25 Christmas printables to help you keep them occupied without spending a fortune.
What frugal or thrifty things have you done this week?
While I’ve got your attention, before I tell you about your chance to win Hotel Chocolat goodies, I wanted to share something that my lovely co-host Emma has done which we’re all really proud of! She’s only gone and written a book with another lovely blogger, Lynn James!
I’m hoping this ends up in my Christmas stocking this year because I’m really interested in seeing what I can do to make more of my blog. I love that Emma and Lynne have made such a success of their blogging lives and I’d be interested to hear how they’ve done it and what sort of advice they can give me.
Now, onto the chocolate!
This week we’re going to be giving away an amazing hamper of Hotel Chocolat goodies to one lucky person who links up with us. All that we ask is that you link your post (old or new) as you normally would, making sure that you include the wording:
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We’re going to close this next Wednesday so we can try and get the hamper to you in time for Christmas (not guaranteed thanks to the post going super crazy over Christmas.
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