Mutterings of a Fool

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A breakeven Christmas – the results

As you know in the Fool’s household we’re attempting to make the Christmas a breakeven Christmas, that is only spend what we earn from selling things on eBay etc. Well we’re now a month on from that post and like many people starting to think about what presents we need to buy this year.

So far we’ve raised just over £150 from selling things on eBay, it would have been closer to £200 if it hadn’t been for an issue with an item (long story). But a pretty good total given that we just pulled a bunch of things out of cupboards and drawers that we no longer use or need. In addition I hope to raise a little through some sponsored posts and reviews.

All together it should give us enough to buy most of the presents we need with a little careful shopping. We don’t generally buy presents for all and sundry anyway but we’re being even stricter this year. For my pretty large immediate family (I’m one of 5 children) we do secret santa so only 1 present to buy. For the nephews we’ll buy just something little as they all have plenty of toys already.

All those people who in ideal world where money grows on trees we’d buy presents for are getting homemade gifts, or to be more precise homemade edible gifts. Pointless buying some token gift just for the sake of it, but who doesn’t like receiving some Christmas biscuits?

That leaves a much smaller list of people to buy for and where some good use of the internet comes in handy. For the males I would suggest taking a look at Men’s gifts from ASOSIf you’ve never checked out ASOS before you’re missing out, some great deals on branded clothes which for someone who loathes going clothes shopping is perfect.

I particularly like these Paul Smith socks because who doesn’t like getting socks at Christmas and especially bright stripy ones? Also worth a look is The Moustache Growers Guide Book for all those people who take part in Movember or aspire to have some stylish face furniture. A perfect stocking filler, I may buy one for my little brother whose moustache in November could be best described as non existent.

This post is sponsored by, they asked me to write about their service in return for a fee, however all views and opinions here are my own and breakeven Christmas is most definitely a real idea, just ask the Lady of the Manor! Images are courtesy of and remain their property.


  1. Love this idea! Watch out ebay…

  2. Haha, My OH had those exact socks a few years ago! .

  3. Great post. Am a fan of ebay – when it’s good it’s very good. When it’s a pain, boy is it a pain! Well done.

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