“’Tis the season to be jolly — fa la la la la…” You know how the song goes and Christmas does let the generally festive moods set in that the Holidays has also earned itself the reputation of being the most expensive time of the year.
It’s a season to spend extra, particularly letting people you love and care about feel special around this time — and, gifts have become synonymous to their personal importance to you. Does it have to? Really, it doesn’t but, it cannot be helped. Although Christmas will require you to spend more than your typical monthly budget, it’s no excuse to overspend.
10 tips to win against the Holiday rush
Other than the high risk of breaking the bank, the holiday rush can also be very stressful but, not if you know exactly what to do. Below are 10 tips to help you keep your head above the water and prevent yourself from drowning in the mad rush of Christmas, not to mention bills to pay off long after the celebrations are done.
Tip No. 1: Set your budget. One for your personal Christmas shopping, and another for the people you want to buy gifts for. When you do, make it realistic. Don’t just give away presents for the sake of giving. Make sure your family or friend who will receive it, will find good use for it.
Tip No. 2: Come up with a list of people you want to give gifts to. Your list will certainly include the special people in your life as well as acquaintances maybe from work or from your community ministry. When you write them down on your list, make sure to list them from the most important down to the least. That way, you are giving more priority and more time finding the right presents for the people who matter to you first before others.
Tip No. 3: List the things you want for yourself. Even if you tell yourself a hundred times that you’d rather wait for the post-Holiday clearance sale, you’re still going to want to give yourself whether it’s learning new makeup tricks with a new color palette. Make up your mind what you’re giving yourself and make sure it’s special but make sure it’s also within your means to pay for.
Tip No. 4: Canvas. Online and in-shop, do your homework to find the best deals.
Tip No. 5: Do your shopping really late into the holidays. Since you’re reading these tips just now, you’ve probably not yet started your holiday shopping. Since you missed doing your shopping earlier then, you’d rather complete your holiday shopping much later like the 22nd or the 23rd. That way, you get a better chance at scoring great deals.
Tip No. 6: Do your shopping alone. It’s hard to keep your train of thought when you got company. You will only become confused and it will take you more time to get your shopping needs done — in fact, you might not be able to finish at all.
Tip No. 7: Shop in your most comfortable and yet stylish outfit. Everybody’s going to be looking their best and since you will be actively looking up items in boutiques, you want to be in your most stylish yet comfortable self. Dressing down will make you feel inferior and unnecessarily think you need this and that. Use makeup tricks while you’re at it.
Tip No. 8: Plan out your shopping route. Browsing online will give you a good idea what options are within your budget and where you can get these at the best price.
Tip No. 9: Pay only in cash. It’s a different feeling when you see cold cash slipping from your hands. Besides, paying on credit will only leave bills in your card long after the mad Christmas rush is gone.
Tip No. 10: Put your feet up and relax. After scouring the stores for gifts and personal holiday finds put your feet up and relax. According to a Rodan + Fields Redefine Acute Care Review, this revolutionary product does fill skin around your eyes with moisture, resulting in more noticeable and longer lasting results more than any other moisturizer can deliver.
If you enjoy giving gifts and putting smiles on the faces of people you love, there’s really no escaping holiday shopping. Just make sure to spend only within your means so you can start the new year with a clean slate — no credit, no bills to pay.