ChrIstmas on a budget - How I have kept cost down

Losing my job this year and also having a Little one to buy for my purse strings were very tight. I know there will be a lot of people in the same boat as us, so thought I would share how I have managed this year.

This post is all about the ways I have kept prices down and some bargains I have found.

Boots 3 for 2 

Boots is popular this time of year for gift sets especially for the members of the family that are hard to buy for. Be careful though as some sets are cheaper to buy from elsewhere even with the 3 for 2 offer. Lynx sets for example. Boots are selling them at £6.50 making them £13 for 3 where Home Bargains have them on at £3.15 each making it only £9.45. You could buy 4 for cheaper than Boots.

I did do some bargain shopping in boots though. Last week they had their spend £50 get £10 free points. I also managed to get a bit of a glitch saving too. I bought my son a Push and learn Thomas at £20 and then I got 2 Soaper Spa Gift sets from Soap and Glory. These were in the 25 percent off sales and still in the 3 for 2 deal from £20 to £15. This is where the glitch came in it should have been £35 for the three items but when I looked at the receipt they had only charged me £30. They had put them all through at £20 each giving me the Thomas free and then discounting me £10 for the 25 percent off. So I got each set for £5!!

I also picked up a birthday gift for my mum at £21 so this made me hit the £50 total and I relieved £10 worth of free points. Amazing Day.

Boots Points 

I collect boots points throughout the year and save them for Christmas. I have £20 on there at the moment and I will use them for any last minute gifts I need to get. I have picked up a little stocking filler for my sister too, this was in the sale at £3 and I used my points so really I guess you could say it was free.

Poundland & Poundworld 

Pound world have a 4 for 3 offer on all christmas items at the moment. I always struggle with the boys in the family especially sisters other halves. This year I have decided on a Ted baker gift set ( 3 for 2) and also a gift box full of chocolate. They all have a sweet tooth. Pound World had lots of lovely gift boxes on the 4 for 3 offer so I picked out a good selection and both shops have a deal on multipack chocolates. I got a few packs of those too. I have made 4 boxes and on average they have cost me £3 each to make taking advantage of the 3 for 4 deal.

As you can see this is a popular gift my littles ones hands were straight in there. Also the Chocolate Honeycomb Block was a £1 too from Poundland.

The book selection is always good to look at in the pound shops too. I managed to find a few Disney book and CD sets. Perfect for the little girls in my family.

Charity Shops

I have been looking in all the charity shops lately as you can get some lovely items that people have never even used. The last few weeks has seen me pick up a lot of books. I picked up most books for 4 for 1. The 2 jigsaw books don't look used and will make perfect stocking fillers for little ones.

Online Christmas Deals and Discount Codes

Yesterday I ordered 3 photo diaries from Photobox from my little boy to the Grandmas. I love personal presents but they can be very expensive. I saw they had a deal on where the more you buy the less they cost I got 3 for £24 and then they wanted to charge £5.99 postage. A quick search online and I found a free delivery code.  2 weeks ago when I looked they were £14.00 each so I would have spent £42 plus delivery so sometimes it worth waiting to get a deal.

Its always worth googling the online shop you are buying from for discount codes, many times they are not shown on their site.

What bargains have you found this Christmas?

Carrieanne xx

Losing My Job and How I Have Made Money

So you may notice I haven't posted for a while that is because on the 1st of this month I got a call to say I had lost my job with immediate effect. I have a 18month old a mortgage and Christmas was round the corner and I would be losing about £1000 a month.

I could have easily sat and cried but for some reason I didn't. Not one tear. I set on a mission to make money from home. I knew I only had to make £800 from home as I could look after Grayson. If I worked from an office I would need at least £1400 a month to cover childcare.

So it is coming up to the end of the month and I thought I would tell you how much money I have managed to earn from home in the past 3 and half weeks.

Drum roll please .......... £711

So here is the breakdown and how I got onto doing it.

Matched Betting - £398
I had seen a bit about matched betting before and always thought it sounded too good to be true and too much work and never signed up. I decided to Youtube it and came across Cora Harrison's video on how see makes serious cash by doing matched betting. Here is her video explaining it! I believed her and decided to start and guess what she was right!

Ebay - 129.00
I then watched more of her videos and realised she and her partner Helen also resell on Ebay. This gave me the motivation to look through my wardrobe and guess what, I had lots of clothes and shoes I could sell. I am so happy with the money I have made and I still have lots of items listed and still to list.

Admin and Social Media work - £184.00
So this is a few things I have pushed together. I know and speak to a lot of bloggers that do social media work for companies. So I spoke to a family member who I knew who could benefit from this and did a few Saturday shifts organising their social media side and also wrote them a blog post.

Also a lot of fellow bloggers have helped me keep level headed during this time. Including Hayley, CorrineJenna, SharonKatie, Anoushka, Sarah and Amy. I have made so many good friends through this blog and I am not ready to give it up yet.

So next months mission is to make over £800 and I will update you and let you know how I have done.

So if you lose your job, please know its not the end of the world and if you put your mind to it you can earn the money from home to keep you afloat until you can find yourself another job. Also check out the Cora and Helens Youtube channel as they gave me the motivation to stick at it the last few weeks. Their smiles are infectious and they are so helpful. They are trying to get to 5k subscribers for Christmas too, so go on click the sub button and make their day.

Signing off a very happy, very motivated,  self employed

Carrieanne xx

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