‘I started on Boxing Day’: Savvy mum reveals how she’s finished her Christmas shopping SIX MONTHS ahead of time – and bought every present for half price
- A mother has completed all of her Christmas shopping for 50 per cent off
- The woman revealed that she stock piles presents throughout the year
- Her rule is that each item she squirrels away has to be 50 per cent off or more
An Australian mother has revealed how she’s completed nearly all of her Christmas shopping six months ahead of time – and saved more than 50 per cent off every purchase.
Posting in a budgeting group on Facebook, the savvy shopper said she ‘stockpiled’ presents from various sales throughout the year and started her bargain-hunting a year ahead of time at the Boxing Day sales.
Now, six months on from when she started, the woman has a mountain of presents ready to go for the festive season.
‘I only managed to get half of it on the bed, this is just family, teachers’ gifts and presents for friends and their families,’ she wrote alongside a snap of some of the items.
‘My rule of thumb is whatever I buy for this stockpile has to be 50 per cent off or more.’
An Australian mother has revealed how she’s completed nearly all of her Christmas shopping (pictured is half of it) six months ahead of time – and saved more than 50 per cent off every purchase
How do mums shop for Christmas ahead of time?
* Shop the Boxing Day sales annually
* Be aware of sales at Coles, Woolworths, Kmart and Aldi and aim for clearance deals
* Keep a master list and shop all year from it so you stay on track
* Try Priceline, Big W and Target for kids’ presents and gift packs
Anything she buys for her kids gets wrapped up and stored in the garage until Christmas Eve – even those she bought on December 26th.
‘I start in the Boxing Day sales, I bought all of the gift packs at Priceline and bought some really cute kids presents at Big W and Target, then I watch the sales all year,’ she wrote.
‘Sometimes I find amazing gift packs in Aldi.’
She’s not the only one who uses this method to save money, with other mums revealing their own budget tips for Christmas shopping throughout the year.
Another said she couldn’t afford Christmas without stockpiling and says those who don’t do it are ‘missing out’ on massive savings
‘I do the same too, especially for school and kindy and friends’ parties. A lot of mine come from when Coles has a toy event and then they clear them out for cheaper when it finishes,’ one woman said.
‘I got a ton of Polly Pockets for $2 after Christmas. Mine just live in containers in the garage. The toys I buy for my kids hide in a car seat box.’
Another said she couldn’t afford Christmas without stockpiling and says those who don’t do it are ‘missing out’ on massive savings.
If there are any leftovers from the sales, many donate them to the wishing tree at Christmas while others use ‘master lists’ to ensure they stick to a plan all year long.