Making Christmas Easier
Christmas for all of us is an expensive time of year, we dread it but look forward to it all at the same time. We dread it for the stress it causes, worrying about the expense and what to buy people and hope the gifts are right for that person. We also look forward to Christmas for many of reasons. This year we plan on making Christmas easier.
Each year we keep saying that we will budget better for Christmas to help minimise the stress a little but have never gotten round to doing so.
This year it is one of our New Years resolutions, budgeting for things will be in our top MUST DO things this year. We have big things hopefully happening this year that we hope to share with you all very soon.
We will be making Christmas easier by sticking to this savings plan.
For every week of the year we will add £1 in a pot.
Week one we will add £1.
Week two we will put in £2.
Week three we will add £3 and so on. Each week will increase by £1.
If we have done our maths right, by Friday 9th December we will hopefully have £1,275 that is with us starting today (01/01/2016) we thought today would be a good day as any to start. Finishing on the 09/12/16 would give us plenty of time to get gifts for everyone.
We chatted over Christmas while we was home and altogether about trying Christmas in a different way this year and came up with this payment scheme and action plan. So instead of putting the money on the gifts and online ordering the money owed to the pot that week will go into the pot and we will do the gift shopping together in one go. We have never done Christmas shopping like this at all but we are keen to give it a try.
We are trying out the new Christmas savings and shopping idea because we are parents to teenagers who like to keep changing their gift list at last-minute and people suddenly treating themselves to gifts we had already bought and wrapped up for them, so with this new idea we have in mind this shouldn’t be a problem this year. We will keep an eye out on the sales and will also have a rough idea on what to get for people but will not purchase until late December to save from any last-minute changes.
Do you normally put money away throughout the year for Christmas?
Do you online shop or do you like to go to the shops direct?