The most wonderful time of the year has come! Planned holidays, large amount of food on the table, family reunions, gifts for the family and friends - are you ready for these? How about your budget? Is it enough? Here are some useful tips that will help you get through and enjoy the holidays!
Make sure to keep on track of your budget this holiday. Make sure to write down the list of people you plan on buying gifts for. Start with your immediate family and close friends. Consider who should be on your gift list and don’t be scared to trim it down to only those really close to you.
The earlier you shop, the better. Take advantage of sales and coupons. You can also access online bargains and avoid the last-minute rush in December. Keep in mind to buy on sale so you can save more or spend the excess money for other gifts instead.
Planning to buy a gift for yourself? Hold that thought! Resist the urge to treat yourself. There is a bigger chance that the item will still be available next year when your finances are not in critical holiday mode and don’t forget that there is always someone that might buy it for you. Who knows?
Food is one of the most essential parts of this holiday and of course cooking is a must! Take outs are quite expensive so it would be great if you can prepare and cook your holiday feast at home instead. Plan out a menu and list the ingredients and shop. Bulk staples food is also a great way for you to save perhaps list some ingredients that are also on your New Year food menu. It will also be a great idea to bond with your family. As what they say: The family that cooks together, stays together.”
Decorations and Recycling
Old Christmas decorations? Why not? It might just need a little cleaning and some sparkle to make it more beautiful. Search for some DIY Christmas decorations. It will help you how to turn those old decorations into brand new ones! You can even discover that your old kitchen utensils and plastic bottles might create a beautiful masterpiece. Talk about being an artist!
Do you have beautiful gift wrapping? Keep them! It will help you save money for your next year’s gift wraps.
Beauty of Christmas
It is not just about the food, family and friends. It is about sharing the love and giving kindness to everyone. Collect some clothes, toys or any other things that you might not need and give it to the less fortunate. Perhaps donate some money or food in order to help out those who are in need and might be doing tough this holiday.
May this holiday season be filled with prosperity and happiness. Have a great one! 😊