Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Gifts without breaking the bank

This blog started off to be all about frugal living but because it's just our way of life I hardly ever mention it now. Anyway, here's a frugal type post today

Way back in the past, on one low (council roadman's ) wages and 2 small children we could never afford to give each other the sort of presents that we heard other wives and husbands swapped at Christmas.
Then later with three children and a big mortgage on the smallholding we still couldn't splash out on "top of the range" anything. And of course we didn't want to......... keeping the smallholding, feeding ourselves, paying the bills and treating the children were much more important.

Now years later we still don't bother with exchanging pricey gifts.
So I found Col two sweaters/jumpers from charity shops, (including a Christmas one that he'll be able to bring out every year!) and my presents were the Autumn Edition of The Scribbler
Retrospective Literary Review of Women's & Children's Fiction, Features and Criticism:

 - paid for using money in the Paypal account and my big box of Lindt - bought off the reduced shelf  from Morrisons using one of their Morrisons More £5 vouchers.
Do we feel hard done by........... with no Personalised Number plates, Coffee Machines, Perfumes or the latest electronic gizmo?
No of course not.
There's no point exchanging expensive gifts in December only to find you can't afford the electric bill in January.


I noticed yesterday that I have some new followers including Heron's View, Kelli and JE A, and possibly others who've not been welcomed. So hello folks and thank you for reading.

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Sue

19 comments:

  1. Oh Sue - can you pleeeeeease do some more frugal posts?

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  2. Same here, I need a couple of new jumpers, shopped online and got them much cheaper.

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  3. My husband and I have never done the expensive gift exchanges even when we could well afford it. I don't see a reason to spend $50 on a sweater from a high end store when I can find one in a thrift store for $10. The thrifted sweater will be just as warm and I'll be just as pleased wearing it.

    I love all your posts about being thrifty. Evan at the age of 76 there is still much for me to learn.

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  4. I made my wife some Christmas tree decorations and made a photo album of the last 12 months for her. She was really pleased even though theyre low cost presents. The girls had lots bu their main thing was skme sexond hand bikes and the boy had a wooden tiolkit i picked up at a sale!
    Glad you guys had a good Christmas!

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    1. Thinking about bikes I've realised I was nearly 40 before I had a new bike!!

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    2. I'm 42 and never had a new bike yet!

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  5. I completely agree my hubby and I do not give presents and the children now adults only give us token presents, we have all we want the is no point in spending money on something we don't want.

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  6. While never on the lowest of wages, my husband and I only exchanged presents occasionally, and now at Christmas we just don't. We don't need to. We love each other and have what we want (within reason, of course) throughout the year. We have a roof over our heads, a lovely home, we don't have any debts, a lovely family, and sufficient food (indeed, more than sufficient), to buy needlessly just because it's Christmas seems indeed pointless to us. We know we love each other, we don't need to give each other presents to prove it, and yet we still enjoy Christmas with our family, our family is our main source of joy and we buy them all presents and also some dear friends. And while not exactly frugal, I do admire how you have bought presents carefully, and your frugal way of life, Sue. Happy New Year to you and Col, may 2017 bring much needed good health to him and much joy to you and your lovely family.
    Margaret P

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    1. "Not exactly frugal?" £10 is hardly extravagant!

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    2. I had my sentence incorrect, Sue, I don't know what I was meaning to write now, but it certainly wasn't that! I think you have done especially well with your present buying and frugality.
      Margaret P

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  7. Sue, I have just tried to see Sadie's blog (Life in the English Rain) but I have a message saying that the blog has been removed. Are you seeing the same message. I don't know who else to ask. I do hope Sadie hasn't given up blogging, her blog was so enjoyable.
    Margaret P

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    1. Oh, I get the same message, I know she was thinking of stopping or changing but that is a bit sudden. I'm not exactly sure where she lives or I would go and see if all was OK

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    2. Found her! at The Sadie Diaries

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    3. That is great. Thank you for finding that out. I will have a look-see, Sue.
      Margaret P
      www.margaretpowling.com

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  8. Lovely gifts. We do exchange gifts. We didn't have a lot of money when the kids were little so the gifts we exchanged with one another at Christmas were indulgences we couldn't afford the rest of the year. We have continued this now that we do have a little extra money. We don't do gifts at Valentine's Day or Anniversary so it's our one time over the year. I enjoy buying hubby a couple of things he wouldn't get otherwise and I think he likes surprising me too.

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  9. Much the same here Sue, I got a bottle of gin and Mr got two new fishing t shirts. Lol pure extravagance

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  10. We spend money on our daughter and son in law but haven't exchanged gifts for years now this year i though we could go back to giving gifts as we have a little bit more income but thought about what else we could do with that money and changed our minds , I'me with Galant on this one we have a roof over our heads good quality food and can afford to heat our home we could have been in quite a different situation and there are lots more out there that are so i feel humble with what i have without christmas presents xxx

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  11. I've not done too badly, most of my presents came from online surveys and doing good things at work! Was very pleased. Have only spent £12

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  12. Hi Sue I hope you and Colin had a great Christmas we also don't do expensive presents to each other we set a limit of £10-£15 max for each other but spend more on the grandkids and to keep costs down we don't buy for the adults if they have children. Im going to follow you post about frugal living as if I can cut down the cost of living more buy lear5ning about frugal living then im all for it as moneys tight these days for everyone so looking forward to learning from you about this frugal living hpe you both have a great new year x

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