The Pressure To Spend At Christmas

Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, the decorations, the Christmas spirit, the spending time with the family, even some of the Christmas adverts. However with Christmas slowly approaching (how is it the 1st December on Friday?!) everyone is preparing to spend. We’ve just had Black Friday and there were some amazing deals if you had a chance to get them, but even still with the good deals it can be an incredibly expensive time of year. 

I definitely feel the pressure when it comes to my spending habits and Christmas, I feel like there is like the must have toy that is like £80 and that is way out of my budget for just one person. I’ve been shopping early this year and I wanted to make sure that I had everything ready for the big day. I’m not saying this works for everyone. This year I have done Christmas on a really strict budget, I planned what I was getting everyone and managed to spread out my purchases so it didn’t leave us with very little for December. 

I am getting to the reason for this post.

I was shopping with my mum last Thursday, just doing a little shopping not for anything for Christmas but I overheard a child wanting a toy that was £50 and she had to tell her child that he couldn’t have it as it was too expensive and Santa was on a budget this year. I felt heartbroken by hearing that, the little girl didn’t cry, didn’t get upset, she simply said, okay Mummy, does Santa need to come to dinner. 

Money can be very tight for so many people at this time of year, some people struggle to make ends meet at the best of times, and when you have a toy that is £80 and someone you love wants it more than anything, they’re seeing it everywhere there is so much pressure to spend. 

This post isn’t to make anyone feel guilty if you have the opportunity to spend this Christmas, it’s just a post to make people aware that this is happening, Christmas isn’t about having the most expensive toys in the world, or things like that. Christmas is about appreciating your family, your friends, your loved ones, spending time with them and making memories. 

Before Christmas happens, my mum and I are planning to make donations to food banks to help people who are struggling. 

If you’re on a budget and are looking for Christmas presents, shop around. Check places like VoucherCloud and Groupon and anywhere that you can get a good discount or look for discounted Christmas presents.

Don’t feel guilty if you do have a budget and you are struggling. We all struggle sometimes, you’re doing an amazing job. 

Christmas is just one day out of the entire year, try to enjoy it, remember what Christmas is really about.

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6 Comments

  1. 27/11/2017 / 8:55 am

    i love this Aime, it’s such an important message. I love spending at christmas, but at the same time, if it’s not in you budget that year, i hope that people dont feel the need to overstretch themselves. xxxx

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      29/11/2017 / 10:03 am

      I totally agree, it’s one of the reasons that I wrote the post, I want people to understand that Christmas is one day, Christmas can be expensive but you don’t need to overstretch yourself! xxxx

  2. Megan McCoig
    27/11/2017 / 8:56 am

    Oh god I am totally with you on this. I’ve felt major pressure already and I’ve bought so many presents. Why do we feel like this?! It’s absurd. As much as I love giving, when I go OTT I always have a Britney moment and think oops I did it again! Xx

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      29/11/2017 / 10:04 am

      I love giving too, seeing people’s faces light up at Christmas is one of my favourite things, however if you have the money that is perfect, but if you can’t afford it, make sure you don’t put yourself in debt! xxxx

  3. 28/11/2017 / 5:59 pm

    It’s so tough because kids toys – the ones they talk about at school, and all want – are so expensive. My son got picked on because we haven’t been able to buy him a games console yet (we’re getting him one for xmas) but it was heartbreaking to hear other picked on him for this. Everyone has different budgets and no-one should be judged for it x

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      29/11/2017 / 10:06 am

      Oh my gosh no way 🙁 I literally wanna give Josh the biggest cuddle. I’m heartbroken for him. No one should be picked on because he doesn’t have something. Kids can be so cruel. xxxxx

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