A Little Help with Christmas

Christmas is coming and I am in a mild panic as I am
completely unorganised this year and I do not have enough of a budget to get
everything I feel I need to buy (only two paydays until Christmas now,
seriously how is it coming round this quick!). 
People are right when they say your children’s Christmas presents get
more expensive as they get older… they get more discerning with the influence
of their peer group.

It’s difficult because the task of getting ALL the presents
falls to me, I cannot rely on hubbie for inspiration, he will if I grumble
reluctantly help with the wrapping but otherwise it seems my allocated martial
responsibility to sort out Christmas for everyone.

I think the following infographic from Alexander & Co is a useful guide, being
accountants they know a thing or two about saving cash and let’s be honest at
this late stage with lengthy lists from the boys and a sorry state of a bank
account I am grateful for any snippet of advice.

I like the idea of thinking through what I can actually afford to
spend and adjusting my list accordingly. 
I think its easy for children especially to get carried away, after all
they still think Santa is footing the bill. 
I have tried to get round this by explaining we send money to help the
elves with the materials to build their toys. 
Santa has toys for everyone of course but some children have more than
others because of the donated money for materials. I am trying to prepare them for a smaller Christmas this year but
it is hard, especially as we have given too much in the previous years. Silly really they were smaller and would
have been happy with pretty much anything, usually the cardboard box got more
attention than the toy!!!

Like the infographic I have got rid of presents for certain
people, friends with children who get on well but we all agreed for
affordability sakes to not bother buying each year. It’s easy for the present buying to get out of control, so I have
had to draw the line somewhere. It’s
tricky enough budgeting with the teacher’s (and million teacher assistants)
thank you Christmas gifts from the boys, plus that’s spiralled to include the
lollibop lady, the canteen staff and sometimes the office (it doesn’t hurt to
keep those that spend the day with your children happy!). So I have to rein in the gift buying

Are you on track for Christmas?

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