Money-saving mum praised for her genius idea which means she's got next Xmas' prezzies sorted for just a quid | The Sun

A SAVVY mum has already sorted out her Christmas presents for this year spending just £1 – and fellow parents are going wild.

Christmas 2023 may be months away but one person who's ready with prezzies is mum Samie Jayne Wood, from Kent.

The money-saving shopper had recently popped into her local Primark when she found festive jewellery on sale – and this is when she came up with a genius idea.

''I created an A4 background on Canva and printed it on a piece of card, then used a drawing pin to make holes and attached the earrings.

''The earrings should of cost £8 but I now have a personalised earring Advent Calendar to put away for my daughter, for £1!'' the mum shared on Facebook.

Starting from December 1st all the way up until Boxing Day, the daughter will be receiving a cute pair of dainty earrings.

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Amongst them were adorable hearts, green Christmas trees, Santa hats, gorgeous bows and the more classic pearls.

The post, uploaded on the popular Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Group, did not go unmissed by social media users – almost 20k people liked the crafty gift.

''That's an amazing idea. I hope she will love it when it's time for it,'' one person was amazed.

Someone else exclaimed: ''Absolutely love this!!''

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''I love this idea! I’ve made Christmas cards using reduced Xmas earrings in the past too,'' a fellow mum commented.

''That is so cute. I want this for me,'' a fourth was in love.

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Looking to rake in some extra cash? Well, one mum's claimed she got her kids Christmas gifts for free thanks to an easy side hustle.

Mum-of-two Chloe Palmer didn't have to spend a penny on her kids' Christmas presents after earning hundreds from filling out surveys.

Chloe, 35, from Gloucester, earned £330 in just two months after discovering the online survey site, Qmee, in October last year.

She switched from scrolling through social media in her spare time, to spending 45minutes a day on her money-making side hobby.

The length and amount of cash you can get for each survey varies.

Chloe gets anything from 10p to £1.50 per survey – but the longer it takes, the more you'll earn.

She chooses surveys that only take her between five to 10 minutes, instead of longer ones.

This is so she can fit them in while she's waiting for her kids to come out of school, or if she's waiting in a supermarket queue, for example.

She does up to nine surveys a day, on upto six days a week.

She earns £5 – £7 a day on average, but this varies – sometimes she makes more.

"I’ve made around £330 since I started using it – it basically paid for all the kids' Christmas presents.

"I've also put the money towards family days out, and I'm building up my emergency savings in case my car breaks down for example."

Setting it up

Chloe has downloaded the Qmee app onto her phone, which is how she fills out the surveys.

"You can do it on desktop but I find it easier to do it on my phone," she said.

She downloaded it in October, and started making money straight away.

"Christmas was coming up, and I knew the children wanted more expensive things

"I thought about ways of making extra cash for Christmas without dipping into savings, and downloaded it onto my phone."

Picking the right survey

You can’t fill out every survey you choose – companies will be looking for a particular type of person to participate.

You’ll have to answer a few screening questions to check your eligibility, and you’ll usually be asked for your age, income, and where you live.

If you don't pass the screening, you can't fill out the survey.

After hours of experience, Chloe now knows the types of surveys that she'll be accepted onto, and picks to do them so she doesn't waste time.

"The surveys are quick and easy to do, and the majority is multiple choice," she said.

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"But you have to write a few sentences for some – although you won't be expected to write chapter and verse. You get paid more for these surveys too."

Chloe is saving her Qmee earnings towards booking a family holiday abroad this summer.

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