6 Ways to Shop for Christmas Without Going Broke

Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I love how everywhere I turn is filled with the Christmas cheer and the spirit of giving and sharing love. The kids are so excited for Christmas already and I’ve been making plans for the gifts I will give my friends and family.


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Recently I came across comments of people who expressed their concerns about how much they have to spend on Christmas gifts. Of course, everyone wants to make sure that they do their own bit and show their love with a beautiful and thoughtful gift but feel that the ideal gift is way beyond their budget.

This inspired me to share 6 ways you can shop for Christmas without going broke this year.


Buy your Christmas gifts early

Most people postpone their Christmas shopping to a week before Christmas when millions shoppers rush for Christmas gifts. That’s the time when such items are expensive. If you’re shopping for Christmas on a budget, then the wisest thing to do is to shop before the heat of the Christmas season. That’s the time items will be relatively cheaper. Plus you have more time to shop around.


Be on the lookout for discounts

Christmas is the time when retailers are in fierce competition with each other. That’s why there are a lot of amazing deals and discounts. Take time off to walk around the malls and keep on a lookout for those Christmas deals. There are also awesome items that make great gifts on Amazon at really attractive prices.


DIY your Christmas gifts

Who wouldn’t like to receive a thoughtful Christmas gift? There’s nothing as thoughtful as putting in effort to create an awesome gift for your loved one. Such gifts are timeless and always very special and within budget. All you need to do is get some arts and craft materials and make something straight from your heart. There are a lot of DIY Christmas gift ideas in Pinterest and they are really stunning.


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Bake your Christmas gifts

I don’t know about you, but food and goodies seems to taste the best during Christmas. The Christmas season adds a whole new different flavour to anything you cook or bake. Why not turn that into a Christmas gift?

Package a couple of your homemade Christmas cookies or Christmas cupcakes and put a lovely little bow. Such a gift is budget friendly, extremely yummy and unforgettable.


Take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

These are 2 of the most popular times during the year with the best deals you can ever dream of. Black Friday is the last Friday of November and Cyber Monday is the Monday that follows. Those are the times when shops both virtual and physical sell items at extremely cheap prices. But you need to shop fast during those times because there are millions of other shoppers rushing for those items too.


Recycle gifts

This may seem a little strange but you can find really awesome gifts when you look around your house for things you don’t need and jazz them up a bit. Do you have something you’re no longer using but would make a great gift for someone else? Or a stuffed toy that your kids no longer play with? Just give it a good wash or refurbish and that item will look good as new.


Have you started your Christmas shopping? How is that going?


Decluttering the Home this Autumn

Today is the first day of October. Autumn is well and truly here. Our heating just came up for the first time since last winter, so the chill is definitely in the air. I have been seriously thinking of decluttering the home this autumn. I am thinking of doing some minor redecorating, and I need to let a few things go. There are also a few minor home repairs that need to be done in time for winter.

I have been online searching for the right people to get the job done. I recently came across Rocburn – The Window Opener Specialist, and I will most likely be contacting at some point to get a quote.



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However, before I get into the repairs, I need to get the house decluttered. Clutter gives me a headache, so the junk has to go. Once the unwanted items go, I have the space to breathe and think of what to do with the space I have.

I have 3 categories for everything we got, and each item has to fit into a category.



Anything worth keeping will be kept. Majority of my items fall into this category which is a good thing. It means I buy just what I need, and not just anything. Having said that, I will be very brutal with this pile. I will be keeping only items I am sure I will be using.



All items that wouldn’t be kept but in a good condition, would be sold or should I say, I would attempt to sell on eBay. I have not listed items to sell on eBay in ages, but I am hoping to find the time and get my selling mojo back. I also wish eBay could make the listing process a lot easier for us sellers.


Give to Charity

I have 3 charity bags ready to go as I type this post, and I would have more by the end of the month. I am forever giving away stuff to charity shops and I enjoy doing so. It is my way of giving back and it helps to declutter my home. What more could a girl ask for?


I plan to sort out piles this week, so I starting with a bang tomorrow. Wish me luck! Are you decluttering the home this autumn? What are your decoration/repair plans for autumn? Please sound off in the comments section, let’s chat.


Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Have an awesome week.


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Top 5 Qualities of a Professional Wedding Planner

When it comes to planning a wedding, it’s all about personalization. Everyone wants their big day to be unique, with everything customized to their needs and tastes. That’s where a professional wedding planner comes in. Choose the wrong one, and you’re destined for failure. The right wedding planner ensures a successful and memorable big day. 

An organizer’s level of creativity is what will help you achieve the wow-effect.  


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Wondering what sets a wedding organizer apart? Here are some top qualities to look for.


Creativity And Innovativeness

Planning a wedding that stands out is not just about your ideas. You need to work with a creative and experienced planner who can build from those ideas and execute them. A great organizer with a reputation for excellence will offer fresh wedding ideas and go a long way to impress you and even exceed your expectations.

According to Sweet Services, a company that offers candy buffets for weddings, a creative event planner works hard to find the best vendors and suppliers to match your wedding ideas. 

A great wedding organizer will provide those brides with alternative ways of finding the perfect wedding dress by recommending an online store, such as this one here, that offers numerous bridal gown styles.



Attention To Detail

A good professional wedding planner should have a dedicated team of experts that is detail-driven. Teamwork is critical in ensuring that everything goes according to plan. You need an organizer with extensive experience with wedding event logistics and one who will go an extra mile to ensure every task runs efficiently.  

There is a lot involved in planning a successful wedding, and anything can go wrong. Many brides forget to include this when it comes to planning a wedding. It’s all about personalization. Everyone wants their big day to be unique, with everything customized to their needs and tastes. That’s where a professional wedding organizer comes in. Choose the wrong one, and you’re destined for failure. The right wedding planner ensures a successful and memorable big day.



Reliable And Organized

For a day that requires multiple tasks to be completed on time, a wedding requires high organizational skills. This is a must have. If your organizer is not reliable and organized or looks confused and overwhelmed, chances are the same qualities will be spread to your big day.

Any successful wedding plan requires a professional organizer who is inventive and resourceful enough to work out and present all critical essentials in one well-organized framework, comfortably within your finances and with a clear understanding of your exact requirements.  



On-time And On Budget

A good wedding organizer is always on time and on-budget with service delivery. This comes with years of experience planning different types of weddings and working with varying budgets. A seasoned wedding planner will offer financial advice, set up workable options and present an impressive wedding package that meets your special needs and budget.

When finding your perfect wedding organizer, look for good negotiation skills. This will help you get the best deals in town without compromising the quality.




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Collaborative And Flexible

While the professional wedding organizer will take care of most of the planning work, you still need to be in charge of the process. Collaboration is key in ensuring a successful event. Is the planner taking your inputs and thoughts seriously? Do they consult you before making decisions? Do you communicate regularly?

Flexibility is also important when it comes to dealing with inconveniences or unexpected disappointments. Does the organizer have a network of reliable service providers you can count on to deliver services?

At the end of the day, choosing a wedding planner with these qualities gives you peace of mind and ensures that you have the best day of your life.


What are your thoughts on these professional wedding planner qualities? Have you used the services of a wedding planner? Please share your experience in the comments section below.


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