Update

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I haven’t blogged in such a long time it took me ages to remember my log in details! I’ve still been living as frugally as possibly but allowing myself some of life’s little luxuries when there is a bargain to be had!

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As Christmas draws ever closer, I have finally made a start on the wrapping. I bought all my paper and some of my special cards in the M&S sale just before Christmas last year. I am also in love with anything White Company so bought some white and silver baubles in the sale at the same time in an effort to create a WC looking tree but hubby says it looks “Corporate” which is somewhat annoying. What does he know anyway!

I use recycled ribbon on parcels for close family i.e. the ones I will be with when they open their pressies so that I can be screwed up paper collector and grab back the various sizes and colours of ribbon to use all over again next year.

Flowers and shoes are two of my favourite things and in winter there are no particular flowers that fit a seasonal brief so I was happy to pick up these pink roses for 75p in my local Co-op and I had been after the perfect pair of black court shoes with a slightly pointed toe and not to higher heel for a while now and was happy to score these brand new Hobbs beauties for £15 on ebay last week.

I also managed to score some free stuff from a close friends daughter who has a one year old baby girl and sorted out a bag of clothes for my daughters baby and lovely baby walker, all immaculate condition and will come in really useful if only to keep at mine for when I am on babysitting duty!

I’m off out for the day tomorrow and although I dread the idea of spending money on a day out in London, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and have an enjoyable day with a spot of yummy lunch. It will also be a good time to make use of my Starbucks gift card on a delicious seasonal red cup – I can’t wait!

Frugal Present Wrapping

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Buying gifts can be expensive at the best of times.  There have been many an occasion where I actually dread having to not only buy the gift, but then there is the cost of the card and of course, the obligatory gift bag or wrapping paper and tag.

Last week I had to buy a gift for a new baby boy and was pretty chuffed to pick up a pack of two sheets of paper and two gift tags for just 80p in Morrisons (not to mention the cutest little slogan all-in-one in Debenhams reduced to just £2.40!) but for other celebrations like birthdays, I try and keep a roll of wrapping paper in the house as I find this works out cheaper and you seem to have less waste, just being able to cut off the correct size for your gift and no minuscule bits of wrapping paper laying around that will never get used.

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I buy a roll that is pretty universal in design, something that will work for all occasions and both genders and when it comes to tags, I pick up a pack of luggage tags for £1 in the local Post Office which I not only use on my suitcase when I go on holiday, but yes you’ve guessed it, I also use them as tags for gifts.

 

You can buy the classic buff coloured ones or the primary colours which work really well with my balloon themed paper  and use them for Christmas wrapping as well. Its a pretty fashionable way to address things at present and they are all the rage at weddings for either favours or place settings and will be sure to save you a few pennies in the long run.