Friday, 2 December 2011

Christmas is coming!

The goose is getting fat. But not as fat as the banker.

Anyway, apropos my anti-capitalist post the other day I've decided to set my store by some money-saving tips this Christmas. Did you know that the average spent on presents per child - per child - is over £200? No, nor did I. But shocked I most certainly was. To be honest, I was also a little bit surprised to be told that the equivalent sum twenty years ago was £75. So I was more than happy to take up Ideolo's Christmas Stocking challenge and see if I could stick to that budget in buying presents for all three of my children.

The good news is, with Idealo it's a doddle. They've sponsored this post, but I'm quite happy to say that I'll be using the site regularly from now on. For a start, it's so darned easy. You don't need to register; there's no pesky log in; you just search for the item you're purchasing and get a comprehensive list of price comparison information. The home page is organised into categories so you can browse with ease, but if you know what you're looking for then you can search for it and come up with just about each and every online retailer, choose the best price (or service - you might, for example, want to pay a little more to get faster delivery) click the link and in seconds you're on the retailer's site - Amazon, eBay, Argos, John Lewis or whoever it might be. Honestly, Christmas shopping could not be simpler. Or cheaper.

They've asked me to link to the things I've bought. So I will. But I'm not telling you what they are, still less posting a picture. You see, it's a secret. But someone's going to be very excited on Christmas Day when they open one of these. And someone is going to enjoy adding this to their Scalextric circuit. Someone else might enjoy blocking out the noise of Christmas day toys with a pair of these. There's something for everyone. And all for just £75.

Right, that just leave me to do some wrapping. Christmas Carols, anyone? Here's one I recorded earlier - in September in fact - for the 'Shadows of a Stranger' soundtrack...



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