How to Save on Stress Next Christmas
While a certain Christmas carol describes the holiday as “The most wonderful time of the year”, many would argue that it’s also the most stressful.
To save money, and combat stress, many people are getting a head start on their Christmas shopping. A recent survey by My Voucher Codes asked 2,358 Brits over 18 whether they would be considering purchasing goods for next year in the Boxing Day sales, and the results were interesting.
Almost half (44%) of respondents said they would consider it. The most popular Christmas-related goods to by were gift wrap, cards, toys, festive clothing, decorations and non-perishable gifts.
The next question was “Why?” as in “Why would you start so early?” After all, shouldn’t you get last Christmas completely out of the way before you start planning for the next one?
But 70% of those who would consider Christmas shopping on Boxing Day said that their main reason was to save money. 40% wanted to feel organised for the next year, while 20% said it was so they could save time.
If you want to learn more about the results from the survey, check out this interesting article about why so many people believe that getting their shopping completed early is the way to go. For those who can’t imagine leaving the house (and all the yummy leftovers) on Boxing Day, keep in mind that there are plenty more holidays through the year where you can find some great deals. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the most popular, so if you’re hoping to save some serious cash while getting your shopping out of the way and finding the perfect gifts, this can be a great option.
When it comes to New Years Resolutions, many of us have decided that we really want to start saving, get out of debt, or simply sort out our finances this year. Instead of buying gifts at full price because you’ve waited until the last minute, make a list of all of the people you need to buy for, and commit to getting it finished will before the holiday season.
Even if you commit to buying one gift a month, you’ll still be much better off as you can buy gifts while you’re out and about and doing other shopping, instead of frantically searching for something you hope your family or friends will like at the last minute. Along with saving a ton of cash, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the holiday season instead of spending hours looking for carparks and fighting your way through crowds in December.
Keep in mind that vouchers are also an excellent option for Christmas, especially for loved ones who are hard to buy for. Throughout the year you can find voucher codes and vouchers for almost anything, so take some time to sign up for alerts for voucher companies and stores, and follow them on social media in order to grab a great deal.