How I plan to pay for Christmas this year

Ok, so…before you flip out at me, yes I’m aware it’s only September but listen up – Christmas will be here in no time at all and we need to be prepared for that.

I’m a person who likes to be prepared. I like to be ready and I would also prefer a less crazy December that doesn’t involve last minute toy shop runs, gift wrapping and panicking that the local butchers are out of goose fat! I’d like it to be filled with cozy festive movie nights on the sofa with my family, dorky Christmas games, glitter fueled crafts and eating far too many chocolate treats, because, you know – it’s Christmas! 

I am a Mother of five, so Christmas becomes an eye weepingly expensive time of year for me – however each year we give the children a budget. A set amount of money that we will either give them or spend on them. Which, when there’s so many of them, I think that’s the sensible thing to do.

This year, thankfully the children don’t need much. They have their tablets, their TV’s and their Photoshop programs. They don’t need anything {really}. But they’ll still get gifts – obviously – so how am I going to pay for it all this year?  

Here’s my secret – for the last few weeks, I’ve been collecting vouchers. I find if I collect them up each week you don’t notice the money being spent so much. It also looks a lot kinder to my bank account too! 

Cinema vouchers will be popping into my kids Christmas stockings this year, as well as clothing shop vouchers – It’s all about the gift cards this year people! I’ve also been looking into discount vouchers – because, every penny counts, right? I came across Voucherslugs which is a great money off voucher site and will come in handy for any gifts I buy online. Which is pretty much {usually} everything! 

So there you go, my Christmas secret for 2017 – Vouchers! They’re super easy to pick up every week and they’re a great gift for those older kids who no longer get toys from Santa. I have four of those. Four. So this Christmas is going to be raining vouchers for them! 

How do you plan on handling Christmas this year?



  1. 15/09/2017 / 8:42 PM

    I have no idea how I am going to sort Christmas this year yet – I totally need to get my thinking cap on. I will definitely have to check out VoucherSlugs though.

  2. 15/09/2017 / 10:06 PM

    Thanks for sharing such a great tip. Money saving Expert has lots of tips people share as to where there are good deals and vouchers , might be worth checking.

  3. 16/09/2017 / 9:26 AM

    I have already started buying presents – well when you have 6 kids its a necessity to start early

  4. 16/09/2017 / 10:45 AM

    I am already prepping for Christmas and I just do it by buying a few bits all year round so I’m not always poor come December time when i want to treat myself x

  5. 16/09/2017 / 12:18 PM

    I’ve not even thought about Christmas yet but the use of vouchers would be a great way to ensure you don’t overspend!

  6. 17/09/2017 / 10:08 AM

    people think that gift cards are just the easy way out but I actually prefer to receive them as I am a hard person to buy for (so I’ve been told haha)

  7. Fran - FrannyMac
    17/09/2017 / 1:22 PM

    I’ve started buying a few little gifts here and there – but vouchers seem like a fab idea. They’re always such a great gift!

  8. 17/09/2017 / 2:21 PM

    Vouchers are a great idea for older ones, they love shopping with them. Voucherslugs sounds a great site.
    I’ve already started my xmas shopping and have been putting a little bit away each month ready for it which really helps.

  9. 17/09/2017 / 4:19 PM

    These are some really cool tips for Christmas! Thanks for some of the ideas xx

  10. 17/09/2017 / 4:38 PM

    Thanks for the tip! It’s never too early to start looking for gift for Christmas and I love your idea on using vouchers, totally a money saver and older kids enjoy it too.

  11. 18/09/2017 / 10:08 AM

    That’s a really great idea – why do more people not think of using vouchers?! I would love it if I received a cinema voucher in my stocking!

  12. 19/09/2017 / 1:00 PM

    I suppose it makes it really easy to know ow much you’re spending so you can stop when you need to!

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