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Start Shopping now for Christmas

Updated on September 25, 2010

Christmas Candles

The thought of Christmas is what counts

When Christmas is over, start preparing for next year and you will save a heap. Decorations will be going out for next to nothing. Christmas Cards will be sold much cheaper.

It will cut those expenses more than in half. Never race out just before Christmas and buy expensive gifts, or

buy something that isn't really suitable or serviceable.

Look out for specials early in the year.

Try being a little inventive, by making something yourself, or if you can't, then ask a friend to help you and pay them, that way you are saving and they are earning a little money as well.

Join a club that shows you how to make things, or go to your local College, they may have courses for all kinds of activities, from making Jewelry, Ceramics even to making furniture.

When buying gifts, DO NOT purchase something because you like it, as it is for them, think about what THEY would really WANT and NEED.

Get back to the basics and those good old days when it was the "Thought that Really Counts" not how much the article cost.

You still have time to make a few little things yourself for this Christmas instead of wasting precious money on gifts that many people will not even use or leave lying about as dust harborours.

Go for it and make this one coming a truly Merry Christmas and a much more Prosperous New Year too.

Flower Crafts

Things to think about

  • Buy when on special or at sales
  • Make things yourself
  • Encourage the kids to participate
  • Buy for them not what you like
  • Share expenses with someone
  • Do not buy at the last minute
  • Make gifts from crafts
  • Make your own decorations
  • Make decorations for others
  • Pay someone else to do cooking
  • Share the workload


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    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      David that sounds great. I normally try to shop early but this year still have not done shopping as stopping on afarm for last month an d no internet access until today for the first time for a few weeks. And not going into the towns to do any shopping

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      David W. Allen 8 years ago

      Some good points. I personally love to make my own Christmas cards. I have already started and I am using a nature theme this year. :)

    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks for that, christmas is not the same anymore it is too commercial

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      some excellent suggestions

      Thank you