How on earth did we end up so close to Christmas? I’m not ready for Christmas yet!
However, I still managed to nab a few bargains in preparation, so here’s my round up of our five frugal things this week.
Bagged some bargain booze
I was keen to stock up wine, as although we’re having a quiet family Christmas, we’re looking forward to friends coming over for New Year’s Eve.
Combining cashback, introductory offers and free delivery is often a winner for saving cash. This week I ordered a crate of wine from Virgin Wines. It was listed as normally costing £123.38, which works out as £10.28 a bottle for 12 bottles.
However, the price was already marked down to £99.88, plus TopCashback had an offer for £50 off a first order AND £10 cashback AND free delivery, which normally costs £7.99.
So I only actually paid £49.88, and after £10 cashback, that’s only £3.32 a bottle! 67% off! Cheers.
Plus as it arrived so quickly – ordered Wednesday morning, showed up Friday morning – I can even hand some out as teacher presents.
Caved in on Christmas jumpers
I’m pretty bah humbug about Christmas jumpers, or in fact any items that only get worn or used a couple of times of year. However, with both children facing Christmas jumper events at school, Beavers and Cubs I was forced to cave in.
I actually picked up a festive T shirt for my son during the Sainsbury’s Nectar Double Up event – so I not only bought it using Nectar Points, but chose a style that can be worn more often, and gave it to him as a birthday present.
However, I couldn’t see anything my daughter would like at a time – then had to find something in a panic this week.
One of the few shops in Hadleigh selling children’s clothes is the M&Co that’s just opened at the back of the Co-op. In the end, leaving it so late paid off, as I got a long-sleeved Christmas T shirt reduced to £4 in a sale. Even more amazingly, my daughter judged the “Santa Game On” design acceptable. Phew.
Leaving it so late was a risky strategy as there were limited sizes left, but hopefully now we’re sorted for next Christmas too…
Bought our first mince pies for less
Last week we were invited to Christmas drinks at Priory Hall with all our neighbours, and my son developed a distinct taste for mince pies.
I promised to buy a jar of mincemeat so we could make some. Standing by the display in the Co-op, I thought I’d just check the supermarket cashback apps for any money off mincemeat. Turned out TopCashback Snap & Save was offering 30p cashback on any brand of 6 mince pies – so I spent a pound on a box instead.
All I had to do when I got home was take a photo of the receipt on my phone, submit it to TopCashback, and the 30p is already available for me to withdraw. Click here* if you’d like to claim your own cashback on mince pies.
Don’t worry, I’ll be heading back for mincemeat nearer Christmas as well!
If you’re interested in cutting the cost of Christmas food, including 29p veg and dinner for a tenner, here’s my post.
Remembered the mini Christmas cards
This week, I have been incredibly smug. At school, the children all give each other sackfulls of Christmas cards. I not only remembered that I bought mini cards when they were on sale right after last Christmas – I even managed to find them! My daughter actually sat down, wrote all of hers and carried them off to school, but my son is rather more reluctant.
Still, at £2 for 60 cards, I’m not so worried.
Cancelled my WeightWatchers subscription (for now)
Yes, I’m still paying £21.45 a month for WeightWatchers monthly pass since January. No, I am not now thinner than a twig.
My WeightWatchers meeting actually closes for a couple of weeks over Christmas – so a couple of weeks ago I stopped my subscription, which means I won’t have to pay in December. WeightWatchers membership is quite tricksy, so it runs for loads of weeks after any individual payment. As you can perhaps tell from the references to wine, mince pies and chocolate, I’m not on the strictest eating plan right now. Cancelling in December also means I’ll be able to take advantage of any cheap joining offers in the New Year. Hurrah! Hope springs eternal, and all that.
Actually I’m rather liking the new Flex programme, as I reckon it’s easier to manage on a budget. Give me a shout if you’re interested, and I’ll bung up a post.
Now over to you – any festive frugal successes this week? Do say in the comments, I’d love to hear!
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