‘Tis the season to be frugal. Fa la la la laaa, la la la la.
Hello sales season! I love a bargain – I think most of us do. It’s such a British trait to proudly advertise that our new top ( *blush* thank you for the compliment) was half price – yes half price! – rather than brag about how much it cost from a designer store. If something’s expensive, we generally keep it low key, or even sound slightly embarrassed by it. I love us Brits.
(Slightly off tangent, but how many times did you hear this as you exchanged gifts?!)
I’m not actually a very good sales shopper. The messy shelves and elbows-out brigade put me right off. I prefer a good eBay or charity shop find, or a hefty discount in a nicely laid-out, calm shop either in cyberspace, or on the High Street.
Perhaps surprising for the season where people normally splash out, but we tick that box for sure. I’m on unpaid maternity leave at the moment, and with two small people to house, feed and clothe, a coffee and craft beer habit to maintain, we’re looking after our pennies. And I think we’re pretty frugal with certain things anyway. I mean, how much can an 8 month old baby really appreciate?! (read also: Does baby REALLY need that? Here’s what not to get for a new human…)
Some of the ways we cut back:
- M’s cool new bike is actually second-hand – you’d never know as it’s in such lovely condition. I congratulated myself for not forking out on a brand new one when on its first outing round the block, he screamed at us to get him off and begged to go back inside to play with his Lego…
- We agreed not to buy for our siblings, just for nieces and nephews. What do we grown-ups really need anyway? (hmm, I can always think of things, but you know – it’s all about the kids, blah blah, *sob*).
- Tesco were doing 3 for 2 on toys and had a fab selection. Little P and some baby pals have benefitted from this particular offer 🙂
- Instead of a material present, Mr MM and I decided to try and treat ourselves to a night away somewhere in January that we’ve yet to book – so hopefully we’ll find a bargain. We were also gifted an ‘experience’ from Debenhams, one of which includes afternoon tea at a hotel or a walk and pub dinner, so we could tie it in. Winning and saving!
And seriously – you’d never know from this amazing sight on Christmas morning that we’d saved money this year, would you?
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