The holidays are here once again! In all the merriment and excitement, there’s also a lot of stress, mainly about how short the season is, and how much money is to be spent. We’ve rounded up 5 ways to make the most of the season so you can stay on-budget and stress-free. Happy holidays!
1. Do things in small increments, and start early
It pays in both time and money to start early! If you have more time, you can chip away at your to-do list little by little instead of all at once. Plus, you can search the internet for the best gift deals, saving you money and stress. Sounds worth it to us!
TIP: Black Friday deals have already started in so many stores! What’s more, major retailers like Target are price matching all season long, so you don’t have to stress if a better deal comes along.
2. Make a fun to-do list
Yes, you have the real to-do list with all the cooking and holiday shopping, but ask yourself: what do you want to do this season? Go ice skating? Visit a local holiday market? Learn how to make Gløgg? While you may think you’re too busy this season, you’ll be surprised how much you can squeeze into your schedule when you make your own personal enjoyment a priority this year.
TIP: Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful! Holiday markets are great for getting in the spirit of the season while also checking items off your shopping list. Talk about a win-win!
3. Stay thoughtful
The holidays have become synonymous with overzealous spending, but it doesn’t have to be that way. True, “it’s the thought that counts” has become a bit of a cliché, but it’s true when you really are thoughtful. Instead of buying a gift just to check something off a list, do it when an item makes you think of someone. Odds are, your aunt will prefer the book that reminded you of her than an expensive gadget she may or may not need. After all, gifts are about personal connections and how we relate to our loved ones.
4. Prioritize quality time
Experiences are as much of a gift as material items! Hosting holiday movie nights, gift wrapping parties, and festive potlucks are fun, inexpensive ways to get into the holiday spirit with your loved ones. Plus, making holiday chores a group activity can actually make the must-do’s fun rather than stressful.
5. Ask yourself what you actually need to do
Do you really need to make the 20-hour roasted turkey this year? Do you really need to spend $100+ per person on your list? If certain items on your to-do list are causing major distress to both your mental health and your wallet, it’s okay to take a step back. It won’t be a happy holiday if you’re dreading every activity.