Free groceries for Christmas

Free Groceries for Christmas

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I LOVE Christmas, honestly, I’m a total Christmas FREAK.  But saving for Christmas is something I have always thought about but not always managed to achieve.  I have listed some ideas below for you to think about, but my absolute favourite is number 4:30

  1. Christmas Clubs – There are a lot of options to save with Christmas Clubs through grocery stores and ret
    ail stores.  I personally have one with a general retail store and I deposit $10 a week to have approximately $500 by Christmas time and you can add to it whenever you want.  It’s not my favourite way to save because I don’t see the benefit of any interest earned.  But in this particular club I get 5% discount on anything I buy over December and January. The benefit of this savings option is that I am only allowed to use my Christmas Club
    card during December and January, so if you have issues with saving, this will help you.  It also gives you the added option of using the funds saved for most of your family’s back to school needs.There are hundreds of Christmas savings options out there, so take a look around and see if there is one suited to you.
  2. Open a savings account.  This option is good if you are diligent with saving every week/month and not withdrawing any of the money you have saved before Christmas, so you do need to have self-discipline so that you aren’t tempted to spend it before Christmas.  There are some awesome saving options out there with bonus interest if you don’t withdraw any funds, and these also have reasonably good interest rates.
  3. Save your coins. My mom had a wonderful idea to put all her larger coins into jars every time she went shopping.  Of course you have to use cash on a regular basis for that to really produce anything meaningful. When the jar was at the $20 or $50 mark, she would bank the coins.  This option can accumulate quite a lot, without you really “feeling” it too much.  Again, this does require some willpower to curb the urge to grab some coins for an on the spur of the moment treat.
  4. My Favourite. Then there is my personal favourite saving method….drumroll… The Grocery Club!

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This idea was started by a friend of mine about 10 years back and this is the concept:

The general idea is to buy at least one extra non-perishable item every time you do a general grocery shopping stint.  Obviously you don’t have to buy something extra if you are just buying bread and milk, unless you want to of course, but you need to buy a few extra items at least once a month.  Then keep them aside.

Step 1: Find a group of like-minded people who want to join your Grocery Club, and who are committed to remaining in the club until just before Christmas. It doesn’t matter how many are in your club, but it usually works best with 5 to 6 people.  These 5-6 people generally tend to be the people who primarily do the grocery shopping for their family best place to buy generic viagra online.

Step 2: Pre-arrange a monthly get-together with your club members.  It’s important that your members do their best to come to every get-together, but if they can’t it’s not a train-smash! The idea of the “get-together” is for you to have time away from the kids, but it’s not a hard and fast rule.  It’s your club and you get to make the rules!!

Step 3: At each get-together, your club members will bring along the items they bought that are non-perishable and which is a regularly used item – eg, toothpaste.  They need to enclose their items in a container or bag which is sealed and has their name on it.  It is a good idea to keep tabs on what you keep aside to avoid too many duplicates, so keep a grocery list to tick off what you have purchased.  Here are some ideas for grocery lists.

Step 4: At each get-together, the host/hostess provides a box for the club members to put their items away for storage. Usually get-togethers will be held at the host/hostess’s home, but you can be as creative as you like with venues!

Step 5: You leave your groceries with the host/hostess, who will pack it away till your final gathering before Christmas.

Step 6: A few weeks before Christmas (I usually work on the basis of the first or second week of December) you will have your final get-together where all the boxes will be brought and opened.

I know it sounds ridiculous but, it was so exciting to open up all my parcels, (a bit like an early Christmas pressie) knowing I would have free groceries for Christmas!

The pro of having more people is that you won’t need as much storage space to keep the groceries.  On the other hand the con is that you have a higher potential for “drop-outs” mid-year causing potential logistics for them getting their groceries. An idea for that is to suggest in your rules that “drop-outs” donate their groceries to a charity of their choice if they leave – just a suggestion to think on.

I’d love to hear from you with all your ideas for saving for Christmas!merry-christmas-2

And now that all the hard work and preparation is done you can prepare to spend some of your savings for Christmas! Whoop, Whoop!!  🙂

Now if you are anything like me I also love anything that is red, green, red and green and/or covered in SPARKLES.  I love getting new Christmas decorations too and making them is so fun!  But, I like to get a few really nice ones each year. I went to Germany one year for Christmas and LOVED their Christmas traditions.  They have the most beautiful ornaments too. Such as these shown below:

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As ridiculous as it sounds I start thinking about Christmas in September because I can’t wait for the music in the malls, the Christmas Carols and the beautiful reason we have it!

Here is some of my favourite Christmas music:

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2 Comments

  • Leah November 25, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Claire,

    Your articles are very informative and I like the menu headings (the drop down options to see different articles)!

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    • claire winter November 29, 2016 at 8:21 am

      That is really kind of you Leah, thanks for stopping by!

      Reply

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