FROM food and drink to presents, there's no escaping the fact that the festive season is the most expensive time of year.
But if you're worried about being strapped for cash come December, then you may just want to listen up…because an organised mum named Lisa has revealed the super simple way she spreads the costs over several months.
In a clip shared to TikTok (@lisawoodley81), she explains how she had £40 left over from last week so decided to see what she could tick off her Christmas list in B&M.
The list includes a section named 'non-perishables,' which includes the likes of Christmas tree decorations, clingfilm and Christmas crackers, along with a 'food' and 'drink' category – things like your Christmas pudding Christmas pudding, sprouts and parsnips.
She also has a 'chocolate/treats' category which includes Matchmakers, Terry's orange, Ferrero tray, Twiglets, biscuit tray and toffees.
Not to mention a section for her 'baby's stocking,' which is everything from hair wash and Talc to a tube of chocolates, teddy, bath toy and socks.
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Heading inside her local B&M, Lisa begins: "So obviously I had to go straight in for the crackers.
"They're £8, but they are luxury…and I've gone for an acorn Christmas decoration this year that symbolises prosperity – and I'm all for that."
"Then there's cling film, some heat defence spray, hairspray, two ladies razors for the older girls and micellar water."
Along with some other items that she doesn't reveal in case her daughter's watching, she says she spent £34.94 in total.
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The budgeting mum goes on to say how she's got £5 spare going back into the Christmas tin ready for her next shop.
Lisa then shows off her list and among the non-perishables that she's ticked off so far include tin foil, cooking trays, napkins, cooking oil and a Christmas scented candle.
"And as you can see, even though it doesn't look like a lot today, collectively there's so much ticked off on this Christmas list already," she explains.
"But the meat and the fresh food and the drinks – I haven't even touched that page yet.
"But as you can see, with some of the stocking goodies I'm making positive progress."
The post has since gone viral, racking up a whopping 89k views and several comments from very impressed social media users.
"Oh my gosh!!! I love your lists!!!" wrote one.
A second penned: "People think I'm mad for doing this but it works and spreads the cost and with 4 kids it can get expensive!"
A third commented: "I have always done this. It gets me when people used to say they had no money at all for Christmas. its the same date every year! plan ahead…"
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Meanwhile, a fourth noted: "People think I’m mad when I say I’m almost done for Xmas, but I love that I don’t have to go shopping in December when it’s cold and busy."
Another added: "Wow that’s very organised – I love it!"
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