From food and drinks to gifts, there’s no denying that the holiday season is the most expensive time of the year.
But if you’re worried about being strapped for cash come December, then listen up… because an organized mom named Lisa has revealed how she can easily spread the costs over several months.
In a clip shared on TikTok (@lisawoodley81), she explains that she had £40 left over from last week, so she decided to see what she could cross off her Christmas list in B&M.
The list includes a section called “non-perishables,” which includes Christmas tree decorations, cling film and Christmas crackers, among other things, and a “food” and “drinks” category – things like Christmas pudding, sprouts and parsnips.
She also has a “Chocolate/Treats” category that includes Matchmakers, Terry’s Orange, Ferrero Tray, Twiglets, Cookie Tray and Toffees.
Not to mention a section for her “baby stockings,” which includes everything from hair wash and talc to a tube of chocolates, teddy bears, bath toys and socks.
On the way into her local B&M, Lisa begins: “So of course I had to get the crackers straight away.”
“They’re £8 but they’re a luxury… and this year I’ve chosen an acorn Christmas decoration to symbolize prosperity – and I’m all for that.”
“Then there’s cling film, some heat protectant spray, hairspray, two women’s razors for the older girls and micellar water.”
Along with a few other things she’s not revealing in case her daughter is watching, she says she spent a total of £34.94.
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The budget-conscious mum goes on to say she has £5 left over to put back in the Christmas tin, ready for her next purchase.
Lisa then shows her list and the non-perishable goods she has checked off so far include aluminum foil, cooking trays, napkins, cooking oil and a Christmas scented candle.
“And as you can see, there’s already so much checked off on this Christmas list, even if it doesn’t look like much today,” she explains.
“But the meat and the fresh food and the drinks — I haven’t even touched that side yet.”
“But as you can see, I’m making good progress with some of the stocking stuffers.”
The post has since gone viral, garnering a whopping 89,000 views and multiple comments very impressed social media users.
“Oh my God!!! I love your lists!!!” wrote one.
A second wrote: “People think I’m crazy for doing this but it works and spreads the costs and with four kids it can be expensive!”
A third commented: “I’ve always done this. It gets on my nerves when people always say they have no money at all for Christmas. It’s the same date every year! Plan ahead…”
Meanwhile, a fourth remarked: “People think I’m crazy when I say I’m almost done for Christmas but I love that I don’t have to go shopping in December when it’s cold and busy.”
Another added: “Wow this is very organized – I love it!”