The nights are drawing in fast now, there is a distinct chill in the air, the shops have their decorations up, and the adverts have their Christmas songs playing. It can only mean one thing, the festive season is here, very soon! Financially its been a tough year for everyone, the credit crunch is not making things easy for anyone, so its important to look after your money during the holiday season, this doesn’t mean you have to cancel Christmas though!

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When it comes to Christmas trees, you have three options,

  • don’t get a Xmas tree at all

  • Get a fake Christmas tree (saves money for next year)

  • Get a real Christmas tree (sticks to festive tradition and smells great!)

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Presents.

Try not go daft when your buying presents. Instead set yourself a total limit, and write out a list of who you want to buy for, then plan what you will get for each person, that way when your out shopping your not going to go crazy, instead just work your way through your list, that way you know you will have covered everyone. It’s also worth just taking some time to think about what to get someone, so that a present is not wasted. Of course, if you really can’t afford it, then it maybe wise to not spend money on presents, people will understand, instead you could do something different? Perhaps you could all go for a walk in the woods, or along the beach before returning home to a lovely dinner, after all Christmas is not really about materialist things is it?

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Originally posted 2009-11-14 15:40:00.