How to enjoy a frugal Christmas and make valuable experience

Now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are gone, it’s time to welcome the holiday season for which we wait throughout the year – CHRISTMAS!

But celebrating a Christmas doesn’t mean that we’d have to splurge beyond our financial capability.

So, does that mean we’ll compromise with our enjoyment? Certainly not!

Here are a few tips to celebrate frugal Christmas; that’s spending within a budget.

 

Try out a 100% homemade decor

By 100% I mean this Christmas decorate with items that are already available in your house.

To do so, first of all, search your home for the decorations you already have from previous years. I’m sure you’ll find some of them.

You can use a real tree and decorate it instead of buying a Christmas tree.

Your enjoyment will double if you involve all family members to decorate the house for this Christmas.

And for the next time, buy items in the post-Christmas sale. You will get lucrative deals and will be all set for next Christmas.

 

Think of giving unique gifts

The celebration is the act of giving and accepting gifts. This time, think of giving unique gifts, which will be truly appreciated but won’t be much expensive.

This time add a personalized touch. Try to make homemade chocolates or homemade soaps and gift them. You can browse online for ample DIY gift ideas and unique recipes.

Instead of buying wrapping papers, use the gift bags you get from stores and decorate them your own way.  

Another unique and precious gift is your ‘Time’. Spend some time with your loved ones. They will remember this gesture much more than a material gift.

 

Spend money to create experiences

Do your kids get a pile of gifts that they rarely use?

This time, don’t give lots of material gifts. Instead, create a memorable experience.

You can save some amount from the gifts and use the gift money as well to enjoy a memorable holiday. You can also take them to a Christmas concert.

Gift them a scrap book and encourage them to create memories that they can cherish later. Believe me, a material gift is nothing compared to such experiences.

 

Do not purchase unnecessary items

Often we buy unnecessary items since we do not make a list when we go shopping.

So, even if you’re going for Christmas shopping, make a list and don’t purchase anything that’s not on your list.

Stay away from ribbons, stickers, fancy tapes, bows, etc. because usually, you toss them away.

Similarly, don’t invest much in outdoor and indoor lights; it is better to switch off the lights, when no one is there, to save energy bill cost.

 

Organize a potluck party

This Christmas, you can organize a potluck party.

Call your friends and ask everyone to bring one item. Some of them will bring starters, few friends can bring the main course and rest of them can bring desserts.

You will enjoy more if you don’t discuss amongst yourselves what others are bringing. It is fun to open the pots one by one, and check out whether or not there are duplicate items.

 

Follow these tips and have a good share of laughter.

Merry Christmas!

Categories: Lifestyle, Miscellaneous, Personal Finance

Vacations are important to perform better and improve life – Do you agree?

Do you plan a vacation every weekend? You should.

You need to enjoy every weekend.

You can have quite a bit of alibis for not taking a vacation like you value your job more, do not want to waste money on vacation, and much more.

However, in reality, vacation is good for you and it may be a necessity to perform better.

Plan your weekends wisely and take vacations twice a year; at least once.

Now, let’s discuss in what way vacations help us perform better and improve our life:

To focus on your work better

Studies have found out that stress affects that part of the brain which helps us in our goal-oriented activities, and it helps to boost memory.
Vacations help you to concentrate in a better way.

Researches reveal that about one-third people feel more relaxed and can tackle stressful job more positively.

Day-dreaming helps you solve problems and be more creative.

To do better at work

Even if you’ve nodded positively to the last point, I’m sure there’s a frown on your forehead after reading the heading.

How can you do better at work by taking a vacation?

Am I meaning something like doing work during vacations?

No, not at all. I hate doing work during vacations unless it’s that urgent.

By saying so, I want to mean that you can do better at work after coming back from vacation. Yes, first you’ve to adjust with the vacation hangover for the first day, more so, if your vacation had been a great one! 😀

Here’s how it’ll help? [Summing-up the advantages of the above 2 points]

Your brain will perform better after a break

Your health will be improved, so you’ll perform better

You will know how the office performs without you – Good for you or something to worry about… (If they’re performing really well, then try to establish your value in the organization)

You might get some good ideas in relaxation mood, which you can implement after coming back

Networking – greatest opportunity to meet with different types of people

Being happy will make others happy and that way the office ambiance will be better

To improve your personal life

I always keep on saying that life is all about striking the perfect balance between personal and professional life.

You should also give preference to your personal life – and vacations improve and strengthen your personal relationships.

Studies reveal that women who take vacations with their spouses are more satisfied with their marriages.

It is also a great opportunity to spend quality time with your children and understand them. Doing so, you can guide them well in life.

To improve your sleep quality

Now, all those suffering from insomnia – even if it’s not that much to worry about…

Again researches point out that vacation helps to improve about 20% sleep. It has been found that you get at least one more hour of quality sleep when you’re vacationing.

Well, if this is your main motive, don’t go for conducted tours in a group – You have to get up at 5 in the morning and be on the bus sharp at 6. Phew!

Don’t worry, you get enough rest in the evening and take naps while traveling from one place to another.

Let your imaginations fly while enjoying the pristine beauty outside.

So, when are you taking a vacation and where are you planning to go?

Do share here…

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Categories: Lifestyle, Miscellaneous