Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year, yet it can also be one of the most stressful times too.
I love buying gifts for my family. The excitement of choosing the perfect gift for each recipient gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. However, the cost of the Christmas gives me an together completely different feeling!
Here are some tips that will hopefully make the Christmas season a little less stressful.
- Save money throughout the year. This is possibly easier said than done, but small, regular amounts can soon add up. It’s also worth looking to your bank for help. Some offer reward schemes that give you money back throughout the year on your spends. Setting up a direct debit to pay into a savings account each month is also another great way to save money.
- Get organised. Write a list of who you need to buy for so that you can tick each person off as you buy their gift. By noting down who you need to buy for, you can organise your money, and set a budget for each person.
- Now that you know who you need to buy for, you can get started early in the year. Buying gifts throughout the year in sales, or when you see a special offer is another great way to save money.
- Regift. I know some people frown upon the idea of re-gifting, but it can save money and reduce waste. By having a declutter you could find the perfect gift for someone on your list, and even better what you no longer need can go to charity.
- Going back to being organised, I find it much less stressful to make a list of what food I’ll need over the Christmas season, and then place my order online. It means no last minute trips to the shop, and quite often if you have forgotten anything, you can usually just update your online food basket. I also tend to buy some pre-prepared food such as parsnips that have already been glazed, so that on Christmas day, you can just pop them into the oven to save time.
- Sticking with food, I also find it helpful to write a list of cooking times. For example, if I put the Turkey in the oven at 7am, I’ll then write down what time everything else needs to go in the oven in order so that it’s all cooked and ready to serve at the same time. You can then tick off each one as you go.
- One thing that I do every year is go to a pound shop to buy my wrapping paper. A lot of people moan about cheap wrapping paper and how it’s thin and rips too easily etc, but I really do detest spending a fortune on wrapping paper for my children to rip it all of in seconds. Not only that, I find the more expensive wrapping paper can actually be too hard for my children to unwrap!
These are just a few tips to help make Christmas less stressful and more enjoyable. Let me know your tips in the comments below!