I make a weekly appearance on Mondays at Noon CST on OneLifeRadio.com on the iheart media network. On October 24, 2016, I discussed Christmas shopping and how to avoid a “Spending hangover”.
Here’s a link to the show and my notes below.
- Build Christmas traditions instead of focusing on the GIFTS
- Putting up lights and inviting neighbors over for the “flip the switch” moment
- Choose a real tree together – or rent a live tree
- Tree trimming with hot cocoa, Christmas music and eggnog
- Deliver treats to neighbors together
- Grandparents enjoy crafts and homemade cards from grandchildren as much as purchased gifts
- Make your annual Christmas light drive around your town and event with thermoses of hot chocolate and candy canes
- Make a list and stick to it — use it to set your budget
- Include everyone – family members, babysitter, teachers, postman
- List specific gifts on paper instead of stacking gifts up in real life
- Write out maximum budget for each person
- Make a promise to stop shopping when you’ve fulfilled your list
- Start early – don’t wait last minute
- Use Amazon and save on shipping charges – easy and painless
- Research online – consumer reports, amazon reviews
- Take advantage of actually shopping online and locally
- Support local crafters and artisans
- Skip Black Friday …. Many times the deals are “real” and you can get caught up in the frenzy of the moment
- Reconsider “self-gifting” …. Average of $130 spent on shoppers while they were shopping for others
- Get double duty for gifts – fun Christmas pajamas are still pajamas!
- Get creative
- Your child’s teacher might appreciate a $10 bottle of champagne as much as tins of candy or another coffee gift card – purchase in a case for a discount and give the same to friends from the office and neighborhood
- Make gifts instead of making purchases
- Photography in a frame
- Candy and treats – homemade! fudge, caramel corn, homemade rice crispy treats, a cake!
- Jewelry – earrings, bracelets
- Save on Travel expenses
According to the United States Department of Transportation, the holiday season isamong the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. Thanks to family visits and extra vacation days, the six day period around Thanksgiving boasts 54% more long-distance trips and the Christmas/New Year’s holiday period boasts 23% more long-distance trips. All of this translates into higher rates on airfare.Travel outside of the last and first weeks of the year
- Great deals first of December and middle of January
- Book way in advance for best deals on flights and cruises
- Stay close to home – road trip instead of flight