Yes I said the C word but it’s November so I think that’s ok right? Now I’m sure we aren’t the only people who get to a couple of months before Christmas and realise that despite best intentions we haven’t been saving money or spreading the present buying. Meaning we do actually need to buy everything that Christmas entails in using the next 2 pay packets. Sure we could use credit but we’re sticking to our new years resolution of no debt and are determined to keep it that way.
Combined with the fact that the lady of the manor’s maternity pay is about to finish (perfect timing) it was time to think of a more imaginative way to fund Christmas.
So the lady of the manor and I have set ourselves a challenge; we want to have a breakeven Christmas. That is we need to sell stuff we own today in order to pay for new presents and food. Given that we are about to sell the house it actually works well and is an ideal way to get rid of all the clutter and things we don’t use.
Plus we really aren’t that extravagant at Christmas, we don’t go crazy buying presents and do secret santa with my big set of siblings. We buy a few things for Matilda and Henry plus a couple of small things for ourselves.
Last weekend we spent a few hours tidying the house and gathering a pile of things to put on ebay, it was free listing weekend so saved us some money even if it did take a few hours. We’ve already sold our first item, my old smartphone, on a buy it now price. £50 is a pretty good start to the fund and hopefully the start of lots more to come.
Can it be done? Can we really sell enough stuff to pay for Christmas? It’s a good challenge and might help focus our minds when it comes to spending too, watch this space for the results!
What about you? Do you save all year to buy presents or hit the final few months and panic like us?