Christmas on a Budget, .

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Christmas on a Budget

Christmas is arguably the most expensive time of the year. That is unless you take a very expensive and exotic holiday. But it doesn't have to be. If you are in a position to buy your children all the things they want, that is great, as modern technology is very expensive, and all children want what their peers have, it's human nature.

Lap tops, Ipads, tablets, computer games, the list goes on, and Christmas is the time when some people get a bonus, and a parent who has worked hard and earned it, understandably wants to share that bonus with their family. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the pleasure on someone's face when you have made sacrifices to get them something special, and you can see how much it means to them.

But what if you have no job?

There are going to be some families who will really struggle this Christmas, they may be jobless, or their food bill is too high, and they have no money left to spend on their children, or even enough money to heat their homes properly.

If you are that person don't feel down. I was born at the end of the war, when we still had rationing. At the time my parents did not have enough money to splash out on Christmas. My greatest thrill was when I woke up early, I opened my stocking, and inside was a small chocolate bar, a colouring book and crayons and a tangerine.

My mother was wise because she knew I would spend an hour or so colouring, so they could grab a bit more sleep after getting everything ready on Christmas Eve. I knew when my parents woke up I would get the biggest hug, and whatever they had managed to get for me would be wonderful, and it always was.

I loved dressing dolls, and my mother knitted all the clothes for them. My brother loved cars, so he collected dinky cars, and my Dad made him a garage, which meant everything to him. Home made things are so much cheaper, and they have so much love woven into the making of them they are truly special.

Buying food is expensive

Everybody buys far too much food at Christmas, and I hate to think how much of it gets wasted afterwards. If you can afford turkey, and you have a freezer, I find buying it about now and storing it is good, because during the last 2 weeks the prices will rocket up, they always do.

Boxes of chocolates and biscuits are all on offer right now, they make inexpensive presents. I start in October buying one a week, and then I don't notice much difference in what I spend. Likewise, selection packs, if you have time to look around, it's buy one and get one free in some supermarkets.

If you are buying clothes or shoes, lots of the shops also have sales right now, but again , in the last 2 weeks, people buy anything and everything in a panic, and then worry about their credit card bill later.

I used to buy a ham joint, but last year I found it more economical to buy sliced ham, it ended up cheaper, and it was obviously much more convenient. If you go shopping on a Sunday about an hour before the supermarket closes, you will be amazed at the reductions, they don't keep things over until Monday.

Money doesn't make Christmas

What a bold statement that is, but in my case true. We had 4 children and not much money, but we did our best, and they knew it. They didn't get designer trainers for Christmas like their friends, but it made them determined to get a Saturday job and earn the money, and get the trainers themselves.

Our daughters had to have special swimming costumes and track suits because they belonged to a club, and they wanted to swim at the galas, so that paper round came in very handy.Jimmy wanted a bike, so he saved his money and bought a second hand one, it got him to school and wherever before he was old enough to buy his first car.

I used to feel guilty because we couldn't give them much, but we always gave them love, that costs nothing. Nowadays life is a bit easier for us, I can treat them a bit and my lovely grand daughters, but I really don't think they were ever deprived. They just grew up knowing that money didn't grow on trees, and if you want something you need to work for it.

Keith and I have an agreement not to spend a lot of money on each other at Christmas. In December my car insurance needs renewing and my MOT too. But I know we will have a peaceful and happy Christmas with our family around us, and I really am quite content with that.
Happy christmas Everyone xxx

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Mariah
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Great page..full of warmth, festive cheer, good advice and music..love these images.
Christmas is special if we spend it with the ones we love, material things can never beat that.
Thanks Carol you have put me in the festive mood too.

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author avatar Carol
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Mariah

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Nov 2013 (#)

such a lovely page this filled with the spirit of Christmas....

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author avatar Carol
13th Nov 2013 (#)

I am glad you like it Carolina

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Just wonderful Carol . It is such a wonderful time of year , and I have to admit that home made mince tarts add the cherry to the cake .
God bless you and all your family at this season of the year .
Stella ><

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author avatar Carol
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Stella, and I wish the same to you and your family

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author avatar Retired
13th Nov 2013 (#)

I tend to think that Christmas is more about spending time with family than buying gifts. All I want is to spend Christmas with my boyfriend his son and my son. If that's all I get I'll be happy.

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author avatar Carol
13th Nov 2013 (#)

I agree, and I am happy for you Starrleena

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Good advice, Carol. Christmas should be more about family than gifts.

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author avatar Carol
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Connie

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th Nov 2013 (#)

A beautiful heartfelt Christmas...thank you Carol...

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author avatar Carol
13th Nov 2013 (#)

You are welcome Delicia

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
14th Nov 2013 (#)

An agency that I work with recommends buying gift cards each time one shops so that the expense is barely noticed, then using those cards to buy gifts or to give for the recipient to use during after holiday sales when their worth is peak. I am trying it this year. It's great that you have found success doing the same thing with biscuits and other food items. Great advice. I know that the gifts weren't the focus of your article, but I'm always looking for practical things I can do to stretch dollars this time of year! Thanks!!

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author avatar Carol
14th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks Phyl, your idea is great too. I suppose the message is don't leave it until the last minute.

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author avatar Retired
15th Nov 2013 (#)

it is important to save or else one would end having a sad time after the good times have ended! :)

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author avatar Carol
15th Nov 2013 (#)

Very wise words Ambrine

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author avatar Retired
15th Nov 2013 (#)

o! lovely post!

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author avatar M G Singh
16th Nov 2013 (#)

Nice post Carol

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author avatar Carol
16th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Madan

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
17th Nov 2013 (#)

Nice Post!

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author avatar Carol
17th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Fern

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author avatar Retired
19th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you for this page. My family decided a long time ago that Christmas should not break the bank. We never give large presents and make a lot of things. It is more enjoyable that way.

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author avatar Carol
19th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks for reading and the comment Jackalyn

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Nov 2013 (#)

A meaningful and wise share, thanks Carol, with lovely videos too. It is the thought that counts and one should never waste especially when so many are suffering. Let us stick to the basics than be carried away by rituals. Our children will understand, at least, over time! siva

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author avatar Carol
20th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you for your wise words Siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
21st Dec 2014 (#)

I was born just before the war started and had been through hard times. Fortunately, life has been kind to me and today I live in luxury, almost. However, I appreciate your thoughts especially about not wasting money.
I wish you A MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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author avatar Carol
21st Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Rama

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