Making Christmas Affordable

December 18, 2020

Laura Duff

Holidays

It’s beginning to look a lot like (I will be in debt in January 2021) Christmas!

Whoops… Are you resigned to a post-christmasy anticlimax when you wake up on December 26th, aware of your financial debt? Maybe you didn’t even enjoy the festivities at all due to the extent of stress leading up to it. Will you be able to fully enjoy sitting around the log fire with your loved ones?

How do you make Christmas affordable? I understand that no matter what I write, Christmas is still an extremely expensive time, children want more than can be afforded, and so on. BUT, I do want to help even a little and a little can go a long way. I have worked out some simple tips to help you avoid the stress and allow you to experience the full, magical Christmassy-tingle!

One easy way to reduce the amount of money spent on gifts is to be honest and introduce limits.

Suggestion 1: Secret Santa.

Instead of buying presents for each flatmate, each person in your friend group and each person in your OTHER friend group; you can reduce the number to 3! Secret Santa is more fun than buying everybody gifts, and a lot less stressful. It is more fun because you are actually focusing on the person, and they don’t even know it. It’s sneaky, sweet and super festive! If you have received a Secret Santa gift before you will understand the excitement of it.

Suggestion 2: SPENDING LIMIT!

Feel a bit awkward about how much you should spend on your boyfriend? Say to him you should both spend £20 on the gift. Spending limits are great because:

  1. It’s no longer a competition how big a gift you get someone.
  2. You don’t have to worry about the awkwardness of you spending WAY MORE or WAY LESS.
  3. Your bank account won’t be broken afterwards!

Suggestion 3: Don't buy gifts!

Another way of making Christmas affordable is by spending time with people in a no-money or little-money context. For example, have your group friends over for dinner, get them all to bring one piece of the dinner (you bring the stuffing because I do not trust you with the turkey!). There you have it. You’ve had them over, they will probably bring some wine for your hospitality. A fun evening all in all!

I hope these help at least someone to begin looking forward to Christmas time!

Happy Holidays!

The team call me the 'mighty Duff'. I'm 19 years old and study Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout our time together, I'll be writing about topics related to mental health, food and fitness! I'm also a host for the Wedotalk, check them out on YouTube, Spotify or Soundcloud! Down below you'll find my personal links, I make vlogs as a hobby!

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