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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:43 am 
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Hi,

Christmas seems to come round quicker with each passing year and brings the usual problem of what to buy as presents. I receive regular emails from here;

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/

A couple of weeks ago I was tipped off that Thornton's were doing a half price hamper deal; £60 reduced to £30 plus P&P. The deal was for four days only so I immediately bought the hamper. This will be a delightful present for friends to open Christmas morning. Bron and I were so pleased by this we've now ordered another half price hamper this reduced from £50 to £25 plus P&P. The hampers are delivered quickly by Hermes.

http://www.thorntons.co.uk/product/Hampers/Chocolate-Hampers/Fantastic-Chocolate-Fix-Hamper/pc/2390/c/2223/1137.uts?affiliatecode=aw&awc=2186_1412755583_0a05cebd7d8244d67ce0093b13dab1fb&utm_campaign=AWIN_Affiliates&utm_source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.moneysavingexpert.com%2F&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_content=Communities+%26+UGC

Above is the first hamper we bought which is now unavailable.

I now see Thornton's are running a number of different hampers at less than half price at the above link under hampers. Bron and I popped into Thornton's in Meadowhall and in store they have some delightful wicker basket hampers at £25 a saving of £15 which obviously also saves on postage.

Supermarkets can possibly match prices on individual thornton's products but these hampers make such wonderful gifts.

Any more suggestions please because I'm a tight Yorkshireman who likes a bargain.

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I do Christmas shopping on the 23rd or 24th. I find the pressure of being screamed at focuses the mind (i.e. if I don't buy everything before the shops shut, then I won't be eating any food.....).

I think I'm just miserable because I hate the fact Christmas now starts, well, now as far as the shops are concerned. It's not even past bonfire night yet and the likes of Sainsburies and B&Q have their Christmas tat out.

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Bloody hell BG you go shopping on the 23rd :shock: :shock: :shock:

Honestly mate that's a disgrace. If you make more of an effort you'll realise it's possible to get it all done in just 2 hours on the 24th. I've finely turned my methods over the years (for example buy heavy presents first, sounds stupid right? No, they are perfect battering rams to get through the crowds) and I promise you don't need anymore time than that.

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That's what I love about this forum - picking up tips like that!!!

My missis will be super happy this year when she finds out I only need to go to town once. Saves parking, messing around, etc. Does make me feel a bit of an idiot for not thinking of that myself though..... :cb

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Hi,

Excellent replies BG & CR, Bron and I are buying Christmas presents all year round to save such a mad dash at the last minute; it's bad enough fighting to get through the revolving door at Morrison's on Christmas Eve morning as the store opens just for the chicken; I'm in and out as quickly as possible because I cannot stand being carried around stores. Ideally for me Christmas could be discontinued but at least it breaks up winter for a while.

Bron generously bought me a new Soda/Hard media blaster last Christmas but this was with forward planning; hardly the thing found in a local store although it would make a good battering ram? In return I simply give Bron a wad of cash then take her to her chosen stores for some quality retail therapy after the New Year sales are over; this works a treat for me then I know Bron has got something she really likes and of course she enjoys selecting her own presents.

Crowds turn us off so we plan ahead; impulse buying at Christmas brings its own problems; empty shelves with all the best items already snapped up ending up buying presents which aren't really suitable?

Christmas for us is putting up the barricades and manning the machine gun posts; we want both Christmas and Boxing days totally on our own enjoying each others company in peace away from the world; not for everyone but it sure suits us.

Any more cheap bargains?

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I've got no problems with Christmas, far from it - great holiday! It's just the shops massively over commercialising it that bugs me.

If you are on the lookout for a bargain, keep your eye on www.hotukdeals.com it's a great site (although it's gravitated towards computer/games as late). Set up alerts for things that interest you and make sure you use the 'new deals' tab to get there first. It becomes a bit of an addiction though, so be warned :lol:

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The missus started buying toys for the little un's last month, apparently they ramp the prices up towards christmas? Where's the christmas spirit in that, eh? :boxing:

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Hi,

Thanks BG; what are you doing to me sending such a link; bookmarked and already Tate & Lyle 1kg sugar down to 49p at Poundstretcher? Love it.

Well said Chop. The stores are after our brass again; Bron likes M&S but their prices just now bring tears to my eyes; we visited M&S in Meadowhall yesterday and the women were like vultures in the "sales" racks; Bron only buys what she wants and not because it is in a sale but then most sale items are the goods no one really wanted in the first place hence we never bother with New Year sales. OK if its an item on special offer which we really do want but impulse buying just loads up with junk. In Holland & Barratt they have buy one get one half price or their "penny" sale; why not just bring their prices down? This applies to lots of stores.

As a child I liked Christmas but I agree with you BG that it's now mostly about money with many ending up in unnecessary debt; Bron and I enjoy Christmas on our own settled down in comfort and selecting what to view on TV; I'm dairy intolerant but can eat dark chocolate so I always splash out on a couple boxes of Black Magic chocolates and some dark chocolate ginger; just a special personal treat for myself then during the year I cut right down even though I enjoy chocolate.

We are always pleased when Christmas is over and the Cadbury's creme eggs are on sale indicating that in a few months we have Springtime to look forward to and the shortest day (Dec 21st) is behind us? Bron and I aren't miserable just no families or kids so enjoy our own company; friends we can visit the rest of the year.

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Online ordering is the way forward, I count christmas shopping successful if I don't need to visit the shops. I managed a good run last year, even had the groceries delivered so the only thing to do was a walk to the local farm shop to collect the turkey (that was pre-ordered online).


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Hi,

Well said dandan. I too like buying online because it saves so much time and hassle; it avoids all the parking problems which are many; getting a soaking or being frozen most of the year; wear and tear on the car through constant start stops at amber/red traffic lights; bouncing over road humps; being coughed upon; being constantly asked if I have a loyalty card and if not do I want one; avoiding the many charities thrusting tins under my nose (all good causes but so many of them) but more importantly getting the exact item I want at the lowest price and having it brought to my door all without leaving home. The postage cost is offset by the fuel saving. I enjoy browsing for the best price on the net. Until councils come out of the dark ages and realize cars need parking spaces without rip off parking charges then town centres can close for me because I never visit them. Huddersfield I believe has free parking the week up to Christmas; I'm not in the least interested. The last time Bron and I shopped in Huddersfield town centre must be 20 years ago when we were dizzy going round and round in both multi story car parks trying to find a single parking space taking at least half an hour; it was chaos. Meadowhall shopping centre then opened and what a revelation; half an hour to do the 23 miles then totally free parking and all stores under cover in pleasant surroundings; not having to feed parking meters or charge back to the car to move it. Our supermarket shopping is done out of town and we only visit stores where where parking is free and plentiful. The few times we have visited Huddersfield town centre which we could not avoid shows nothing has changed other than there now appears to be one traffic warden per car? Broken pavements; graffiti and the impression of walking around in the bottom of a dirty skip added to the shopping experience.

Looks like you've already sussed all this out dandan and online shopping is growing whereas town centre shops are closing; wonder why this is?

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Presents? I tend to go to the shops, buy 4 cans then drink beers buy stuff online. Lots of hampers and sh*t like that, I only buy for close family and friends I generally buy drinks christmas eve or something. But then that is buying drinks for 30+ people.

Not a fan of the busy shops and people browsing. Decide what you want to buy before entering a shop - browsing is just such a waste of time, get a life! Go in, pick it up, pay, go home, open a beer.

Food and drink though I spend months planning and ordering. That is pretty much my main concern. If anyone leaves hungry or sober I f*cked up, infact if they don't feel sick from eating and drinking too much because it was so damn good then I've failed.


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Hi,

Thanks Megaross; being retired Bron and I can visit shops during off peak times which suits us because we too dislike crowds and don't like being carried around a store; I don't mind browsing with Bron and we aren't in a hurry. We avoid holiday times especially Christmas in stores; its all just so mad for a couple of days. Many regard how good a Christmas they have had by how much money they have spent. We might seem miserable to others but we enjoy each others company the two days of Christmas. Good food; our choice what we watch on TV; warm and dry and being happy to have our lifestyle. We don't touch alcohol or smoke but we are content in our own little world. New Year sales are a no go and we avoid stores as much as possible whilst the sales are on.

We don't have family so have no commitments; our close friends we can see all year round. I'm intolerant of dairy products but as a treat at Christmas I buy a couple of boxes of Black Magic chocolates which I enjoy; I'm OK with dark chocolate. Bron will buy me anything I desire for Christmas and in return for many years I've been giving Bron cash and enjoy taking Bron to her choice of stores knowing she is going to buy something she really likes; it works for us but everyone is different with different circumstances.

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