For many years when my children were small and I was not working I found Christmas a real struggle. During those years I depended on buying from carboot sales and charity shops to get them gifts. I felt no shame at all in this I got great gifts and saved lots of money that I really could not have afforded to spend.
Do you know that two thirds of people will never buy Christmas clothes or gifts from a charity shop at Christmas? I think there is still a little stigma attached but their really shouldn’t be you can get some fabulous bargains.
Over the years, as I have slowly started earning again, my Christmas charity shopping has fallen off, although I do still buy bits and bobs from Charity shops through the year.
Research from the Salvation Army tells us that the average person average person spends £415 on Christmas – if just £5 of this was spent in a charity shop, we would raise £130m for good causes. So as well as saving yourself some money you really would be doing some good too. Spending a little in a charity shop can make a big difference – £9 could bring a homeless person in from the cold, while £19 could buy a Christmas box for a family in need, and £28 can help five lonely older people enjoy a proper Christmas lunch and friendship.It really makes you think doesn’t it?
I was challenged to head out to my local Salvation Army shop and see what I could buy for £15 and share my purchases online to inspire others.
Here is what I got:
Some lovely treats and some gifts too. I spent a grand total of £15.80 and got bargains galore.
Why don’t you have a go at spending just a little of your Christmas budget in a charity shop. I always tell my children it is a win win win ….you save money, they make money and you are encouraging recycling. Great stuff all round.
Please do share any charity purchases and donations you make online at http://www.salvationarmycharitychallenge.org.uk/