The time of Christmas is here!
Everywhere I look there is Christmas decorations and Santa’s galore. It is one of the best feelings watching the little ones get so excited and happy about Christmas. They love the build up, the excitement, the endless Christmas carols and Santa. Although not all children are so willing to get close to Santa. Ayla saw him in the shows the other day and clung to Emma for her dear life. She was terrified!
The terror of Santa is not the only feeling of fear Christmas can bring. Christmas can be very stressful for families leading up to Christmas. The cost involved with the festive season can really bring a downer on the silly season.
How can you save yourself money and stress over Christmas?
The most obvious answer – cut down on the present giving! This is easier said than done but here are some tips from Emma.
- Set a budget for your entire gift giving
- Split the budget up between family, children, friends etc. This can be scary once you realise how many gifts you give and how much you might have spent without a budget
- If you are buying gifts for everyone in your family why not set up a secret santa so you only have to buy one gift. You can do this the old school way by drawing names out of hat or you could go online elfster.com
- Buying gifts for all the cousins within your family? Is this necessary? In our family we have 3 nephews and 1 niece plus 3 cousins. This year we decided that the kids all get some many presents and already have so many toys that we are only buying for nieces and nephews.
- Making gifts can save you money! Get your creative side out!
- Buy online bargains leading up to Christmas.
- Don’t over do it with your children. Yes they would love a a ball, a desk, a barbie, a bike, a dinosaur, bath toys, DVD’s etc. But do they really need all of it? Take a step back and evaluate what they already have. It’s easier to get caught up in the excitement of gift giving
- Make some money – sell old toys on ebay or gumtree
Are you already going on a holiday? This could be consider the present for older children or yourself.