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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