Happy Wednesday you gorgeous fairies! I’m officially in full swing of this blogmas writing honestly, I was worried yesterday because I didn’t think I’d get day 5 up, but here we are now with number 6, and I’m happy. I’m trying not to freak out too much, because this blogmas thing was suppose to be fun, and as soon as it starts to turn into a chore, I’m 99% sure I’m going to stop!
But since we’re still having fun, I wanted to talk about Christmas shopping. Now, I’ve finished Christmas shopping. And I finished wrapping everything about an hour ago (yay!) I’ve always thought of myself as a snazzy shopper, but I have one major downfall… I spend too much money.
Every Christmas I do the same thing, where I buy all my loved ones presents I *know* they will love, and then I end up digging myself into a financial debt. It’s bad, and this year, was no different. So I wanted to sit down, and write out some tips to help myself, and maybe even you when it comes to shopping this Christmas period.
WRITE A LIST
I’ve done this, this year and it’s saved so much time. I’ve made a list of the people I need to buy for, what I want to get, and totalled up the spend for each person. 1 – to make sure I’m not over spending on mum/dad, and 2 – to make sure I actually only buy what’s on my list. I find that writing a list and sticking to it, is one of the easiest ways to not over spend. It’s saved me a lot of time and money this year.
This is another thing I’ve done this year. I’ve set a budget for each person. Written it on my list. And I’ve kept to it. I love to shop for other people, especially my mum and dad (I could spend hundreds on them every day) but since I’m a student, with a part time job, bills to pay and a car to run, I need to be realistic. Never feel obligated to spend more money than you have. Christmas isn’t about how much you’ve spent on fancy gifts, it’s about sharing the love with those around you, so that doesn’t mean buying your dad that fancy af watch, he’d probably be happier with a hug, having you around a cheap pair of Primark socks.
I find that the easiest way to not panic, is to prepare. Make sure you know what you want to get before you go it, it’ll save all the running around shops, and you’ll feel much better for it in the end.
Christmas is about having fun after all, if you’re stressing out over the shopping, you won’t be able to enjoy every second of the festive period. Let loose, be prepared, and nothing will stop you from becoming the Christmas fairy you’ve always wanted to be.
Have you started Christmas shopping yet? Or are you like me and have finished? What are some of your tips for cruising through this festive season?