Is it just me or has this year flown? I doubt I’m the only one who thinks so. I happened to glance at the calendar the other day and noticed it was October – cue mild panic attack.
I don’t mean to alarm you, but Christmas is just TWO MONTHS AWAY. Woolworths will be rolling out the Christmas decorations and fruit-cake any day now and your kids will be begging to put up the tree. If the thought of that gives you anxiety, I hate to add fuel to the fire… but just a friendly reminder that you’ll also need to start Christmas shopping.
I, personally, would like have a stern word with whoever decided to put Christmas at the end of the year. What better way to celebrate 12 months of expenses than by buying gifts for everyone you know? Do I sound like the Grinch? Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas but I also know the pressure that comes part and parcel with it.
If your hip pocket is feeling a little empty at the moment, do not fret — I have some simple savings tips will help you feel a little more prepared this silly season.
1. Sell up.
It might sound a little extreme, and I’m not telling you to sell everything you own but now is the perfect time to declutter. ‘Tis the season after all - they don’t call it spring cleaning for nothing. That exercise bike collecting dust? Gumtree it. That expensive dress that you splurged on, but have never worn? eBay it.
As much as I am a devout worshipper at the church of Carrie Bradshaw, I can’t help but disagree with her in regards to spending… No number of Manolos are gonna make the kids happy come December 25th, so why not get rid of the stuff that no longer serves you and put that money where you really need it? (Under the Christmas tree, apparently...)