Ok, so there will be many of you that are thinking- it was only Halloween this week, why on earth are you writing about Christmas already? I promise there won’t be anything too festive on the blog until Blogmas, that’s right- I will be writing a blog post every day in December up to Christmas, that’s 25 exciting posts all Christmas related on the run up to the big day. Spoiler alert- there will be a lot of cooking and baking posts! At the end of November I will be letting you know what’s coming up on Blogmas so you know what to check out!
So, what is this post all about? Well, although I am not someone who hops on the Christmas train super early there are a few things that I have already got organised or I’m thinking about organising at the moment, so I thought I would share these with you, incase you wanted to get super organised too…
I’ve booked my Christmas online grocery shop
I know, I know, how can I honestly know what I want for my Christmas groceries so ahead of time? The truth is, I don’t. BUT with most online grocery deliveries you can amend your order up to 11pm the night before. So what I’ve done is book my slot, I’ve got the evening of Friday 22nd December so I can stock up everything I absolutely need for Christmas week without having to go to the shops unless it’s to pick up a couple of bits. Which I’m absolutely fine with. What I don’t want to do is do my whole Christmas shop in real life in the Christmas madness… So I have just added any old thing to my basket and I’ve put a note in my diary the Monday before the delivery to sit down and go through it properly. You see, super simple.
Just for bants- I told a friend that I had done this recently and she told me about the time she did the same but just to reserve the slot she added in a £60 bottle of whiskey but then completely forgot she’d done it until a delivery man turned up with the bottle of whiskey near Christmas… literally crying my eyes out laughing thinking about this- always remember to put a reminder in your diary about tailoring the shop.
If you’re interested in saving money on your groceries, have a look at my post about how to save money at the supermarket.
I’ve written a list of who I’m buying for
I’ve written two lists actually, one of the people we are sending Christmas cards to and one of the people we are buying Christmas gifts for. I like to start to think about cards and gifts early so I can start picking things up. I also have some people that I will make gifts for and starting early gives me a bit of time to get crafty.
I’ve started my Christmas shopping
I have bought quite a few gifts already, more than I have before by this point I think. The reason for the lists is that it focuses the mind on what to buy. When offers and sales start from late summer onwards I then start thinking whether anyone on my list would like something I’ve had an email about. I know talking about offers and discounts seems a bit crude, but I think it’s just what everyone does nowadays, I’d rather spend less money now than buy the same thing right near Christmas full price! I’ve also been able to group some of my shopping- i.e. I’m buying for lots of little ones this year and I have been able to pick up a few things which are the same for different children etc…
I think starting early does take a lot of stress off, especially if you’ve got a lot to buy, but my main thing is- it spreads the cost! This to me is the most important part of starting to buy early- you don’t have to pay for it all in one month, you can spread the cost over 3 or 4 months if you’ve got a lot to buy.
I’ve thought about ordering a turkey
This is something I haven’t done yet but I am thinking about. Not necessarily a turkey, but Christmas meat if you like. On Sunday my bf asked if we could have beef instead, which is totally fine with me (I’m not a massive turkey fan). I also want to get a couple of hams that I will roast myself. I really like ham for when we have visitors over Christmas that aren’t for Christmas day. The point of this point is that I am thinking about popping down to my local butcher in the next couple of weeks and placing an order in plenty of time.
Again, if you order this super in advance don’t forget to make a note of when and where you’re picking it up from! Once you’ve got the meat ordered you’ll also know how much it is going to cost so you’ll be able to budget that in to your December expenses, or start putting some money away for it now.
I’m thinking about Christmas plans and bookings
Our plans for the Christmas period are a bit up in the air at the moment as we don’t know where we’re going to be or what we’ll be up to over Christmas week as yet, but it’s something I’m starting to think about. We won’t be going out for Christmas lunch but if you are I think this is a good time to start booking things. Equally if you have any big family or friends get togethers planned where you want to eat out I would start thinking about organising and booking them now. It can be really tricky to get a reservation for some places, especially if there are a gang of you because places get booked up quickly with Christmas parties.
So that’s my whole post about what I’ve already done ahead of Christmas, I hope it wasn’t too much for some of you in November!
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