Burnt Toast Blog
How to have a fab Christmas on a budget.
by Carmen Scott
Category: Articles, Information & Tips on Parenting
During this tough economic times, many people may not be able to do all the things that they did before during this holiday time. Here are some ideas on how to have a fab Christmas on a budget.
- Make sure that you set expectations with your family and friends. This will takes some of the pressure off you. Not everyone needs a gift and you may be surprised what your friends come up with or are willing to do in place of gifts.
- Christmas cards..... to give or not. Many E-card companies have free cards. This is good for the environment and you are still touching base with your family. Perhaps only send paper cards to a few close friends.. and remember to use mass email etiquette! (please make sure you use the blind copy).
- Start a tradition: Such as WHO'S GOT THE EGGPLANT ...give an eggplant to the person who has had a particularly wonderful year, overcome some adversity, or shown amazing perseverance, A photo album shows each year's winner holding up the treasured veggie--'I got the eggplant!'" Make it something that is fun and will be talked about for the coming year, use your imagination!
- The gift of home made coupons is a great way to give free and meaningful gifts to family and friends this Holiday season. For children try coupons for getting out of chores or for more time on their favorite video. Adults might like a coupon for having the dishes done, or a few afternoons to themselves. Please remember your single parent friends who would love a coupon for a night of free babysitting.
Don't forget ...Christmas carolling, trolley rides, looking at Chirstmas lights, skating have a nominal fee or they are free. Most Rec centres are free on Christmas day with a non-perishable food donation.
Remember you can have a fun, meaningful a fab Christmas on a budget, without spending a lot of money!