This year has gone by so fast. It feels like only yesterday I was celebrating Christmas with my family and partying the night away on New Years Eve and now we are on our way to Christmas again. It’s amazing to think it is only a few short months away. Where does the time go?
It is amazing to think that when I was younger it felt like the years really dragged by, but as I have reached adulthood they really fly. Having children at Christmas means some careful planning, I want Christmas this year to be spectacular for them while planning it on a tight budget.
What is Your Christmas Budget?
Did you know that the majority of families end up in financial trouble at this time of year? This is when the credit cards are used to the maximum with all the stocking fillers that need to be bought. It is really sad that such a joyful time of year can cause such stress and heartache for thousands of families.
I always set myself a strict Christmas budget, it is a necessity in this financial climate. Many families are still trying to repay all their debt after the recession and it feels that it never lowers. This is why setting a Christmas budget and sticking to it can help you through this holiday season without leaving you penniless.
Affordability is Key
Children love opening presents at Christmas, mind you I do too. It’s such a fun time of the year, there is an excitement in the air as you wait in anticipation for Christmas day. I don’t think the feeling ever really goes away, it is such a magical time of year.
The advantage is that you don’t have to spend a fortune when buying stocking fillers. Filled stockings hanging over the fireplace is an added excitement on Christmas day. These are smaller gifts that are stuffed into a Christmas stocking that offers added enjoyment and fun. As these are smaller items and are more a fun side to Christmas, there is no reason you have to spend a fortune on them.
Choose a jar of sweets over an unnecessary diamond necklace or a fun piggy bank over that expensive watch. Keep the expensive gifts for under the tree and use affordable stocking fillers as a fun time with the family.
Be Ready For the Holiday Season
I learned a long time ago that planning Christmas in advance is not only affordable, but it helps me keep my sanity. I used to wait until the last minute to do my Christmas shopping. Believe me it was not a good idea.
I found myself running around shopping centres like a crazy woman desperately fighting thousands of other desperate shoppers to buy everyone a gift. Then I realised buying around that time of year is expensive, the prices seem to soar. Online is the solution, you can buy stocking fillers at affordable prices and not have to brave the masses of Christmas shoppers.
Convenience and Practicality
Online shopping is not only convenient when buying stocking fillers, it is a practical way to get your Christmas shopping done as and when you need to. I always get my shopping done as early as possible, this is mainly to ensure I don’t forget anyone off my list. Believe me I have done this before when I was leaving my shopping until the last possible minute.
Thanks to technology I can now order my stocking fillers online, pay for them securely and they are delivered to my front door quickly and easily. The stress of Christmas shopping evaporates and I get to enjoy the experience along with the rest of the family.
You also find when buying online that you get a set delivery price no matter how many items you purchase, often the more you spend on a site the cheaper your delivery will be. This is such an easy and affordable way to make sure you get all your Christmas presents with plenty of time to spare.
Buy your stocking fillers directly off the internet, have them delivered to your door with ample time to get them wrapped and place them in the stocking over the fireplace for Christmas morning.