“It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer. It’s the most wonderful time of the year” -Edward Pola & George Wyle (Authors), sung by Andy Williams circa 1963.
Yes, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also one of the most stressful times of the year. Especially for someone like me. With my mind going a million miles a minute, there are bills to pay, holiday shopping, dinner parties, and decorations to don upon the house. It is a painful time of the year as well.
Some of my readers may know that nine years ago, I lost my mom to many difficulties as a result of Alcohol abuse. Christmas and Thanksgiving were one of her favorite times of year. That in turn, makes the holidays that much harder for me. Yes, I know, it’s been nine years, but those of you who have lost someone very important know, that it doesn’t get easier, you just learn to become numb.
The most stressful thing about this time of year is balancing the budget. Bills begin to pile up on the holidays, and I know I can’t be the only one. Bills pile up, because those of us with kids, try to spoil them. All across the nation, people max out credit cards, empty their bank accounts, and even throw them negative, just to make sure that little Johnny and little Susie get everything their little heart’s desired on Christmas morning. Also, I work as an entertainer, and this is the time of year that my workload dwindles down, so that just adds to the stress.
Now that I have made you read this far, lets reward you with a couple of Holiday Money Saving tips.
- Buy Online – That’s right. Sometimes, especially if you have an Amazon Prime account, you can get fantastic deals on Cyber Monday, which is the Monday after thanksgiving. Save yourself the turmoil of venturing out into the madness on Black Friday, just to find the item you want is sold out after five minutes.
- Bundle and Save – Not all vendors, but some will give you deals where you can buy a set of something, or even just a few different items, at a discounted price. My suggestion, if anyone likes good smelling things, check out Scentsy for wickless candles, diffusers, and other smell goods. Also, you can go to Spekl’d Products and purchase custom made bath products, beard products, and even woodworking products.
- Buy More, Pay Less – That’s right, and no I am not talking about the old Target slogan. One thing that I do as a parent, instead of buying two or three big items for my child, I buy her one big item, and a bunch of smaller end items. For example, say you have a $100 budget for your kid. You buy them a $50 item, then five $10 items. That will put six gifts under the tree, and they will be so excited, they wont even notice the value of each item. Because the younger they are, the less they know about money/value.
- Bargain Hunter – Around the holidays, one of the best things I have found to get the most value for my dollar, is shopping around. At certain stores, they have a price match policy. Take advantage of that. If you see something on sale on Amazon, but don’t want to pay for shipping. Take it into your local retailer, they may just sell to you for that price, in order to keep your business.
Hopefully that was helpful in making the holidays a little less stressful. So instead of rushing out to beat the Black Friday rush that starts out on Thanksgiving Day, more of us can sit back and relax. Husbands can recline on the couch and watch the Redskins take on the Cowboys at 4:30pm Eastern time on Fox, and/or watch the Colts play host to the Steelers at 8:30pm Eastern time on NBC!! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.
*I am sorry about the prolonged absence. As mentioned, it has been stressful and a very hard time for me lately, and my blog has taken a hit when it comes to activity. I will do my best to keep it updated more often. Also, I will be straying away from the non-stop sports topics. Hopefully you all enjoy.
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