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By Leah Fox

 

A Christmas-obsessed supermum has already splashed out £700 on gifts for her family – and has completed her shopping after starting on BOXING DAY.

Organised mum-of-three Stacey Rosewarne, 38, spots bargains on the internet in the Boxing Day sales, which is when she officially starts her present shopping for the following year.

The support worker splashes out on around 100 presents each for her children Amber, 13, Jacob, seven, and Ebony, six, and spots bargains on Facebook.

Savvy Stacey, from Taunton, Somerset, said: “I’m obsessed with Christmas and I talk about it all the time, I love going round the shops to get my Christmas fix.

“As soon as my birthday in June is over I’m all about Christmas –  if I could put my tree up now I would!

“My mum always used to make sure me and my family had a good Christmas so I wanted to continue that tradition.”

Stacey has already stockpiled dozens of presents for her children, partner Darren, 40, and his 2 children and her sister, nieces and nephews.

She keeps the masses of gifts in the spare room in her house until they’re ready to be wrapped, but admitted this has sometimes lead to mishaps.

Support worker Stacey said: “The presents are all stored in my spare room under the bed and I live in a three bedroom house where there’s not many places to keep them.

“One time I drove around with a big sloth teddy in the boot for weeks because there was nowhere to hide it in the house.

“Sometimes I’ve accidentally bought the same thing twice and I don’t know about it until I get round to wrapping them all up.

“Ebony recently went into the spare room and picked up a toy that was out and asked what it was – I’m definitely going to have to keep wrapping them up so this doesn’t happen again!”

Stacey believes starting to buy Christmas presents early is the perfect strategy, and using money saving tips to plan how you spend your money is essential.

Using a Christmas saving scheme, Stacey puts cash away for presents each month in order to afford the gifts she buys for her family.

She added: “It’s a lot harder to shop for presents nowadays because children want more expensive things – I wouldn’t be able to do it if I didn’t budget.

“I have savings allocated to buying Christmas presents and I use groups like Ashley Money Savers to find bargains online, or I go to the shops when I know there’s a sale on.

“My biggest challenge this year has been trying to find my eldest daughter Amber presents because she wants more technology and branded things which are quite expensive – I can’t get her the latest Barbie anymore!

“I know I spoil my children and some might not have the same idea as me but I’m following my mum’s tradition and I always remember Christmas as a time to spend with family opening presents.

“For me, it’s all about watching my children open their gifts and seeing their reaction.”

Even though supermum Stacey has the majority of her gifts sorted for this year, she admitted she will continue searching and said she will even buy something as late as Christmas Eve if it comes to it.

Stacey said: “I work really hard to buy these presents for my family and find present buying really exciting.

“But at the end of the day Christmas isn’t all about the presents!”