It’s been quite sometime – an understatement perhaps?- since I have been here.
I found that all of my early preparations with getting gift cards from Hamper King really helped out, along with the toy sale lay-bys.
I knew what I had to do and what was already done as I had also made a spread sheet in Excel to see who had what spent on them and what I had purchased.
I will definitely being do the gift cards from Hamper King again for 2012, even if it is to just have them to go shopping with.
It was great having them as I gave one for the Woolworths group with $100 on it to the Hubby to go and do the shopping for my gifts!
Of course doing the Christmas shopping this way might not work for everyone, but it really helped us with the budget.
I had the Big W on-line lay-by finalised in plenty of time and it even arrived earlier than I expected – although I have heard of lots of problems with this company with these lay bys for others.
So here I sit on Christmas Eve, knowing that I have not ran up any credit cards in order for the children to get their Christmas gifts!
YAY for me I say!!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I’ll back early 2012 to update you on other things that I have done the “frugal” way in 2011!!