It never fails, when the holidays come…so does stress. While I have picked up a few tips, learning to avoid this stress is a continuing issue. Therefore, this article is just as much a reminder for myself as it is for anyone else.

 

1. Avoiding the Financial Stress: I have found some ways to avoid the financial stress by budgeting, finding great deals, and buying throughout the year. I start shopping mid year to be sure I’m done in time and to find the best deals throughout the year. Not to mention, we make our Christmas budget early and stick to it. I’ve also found creative ways of saving up Christmas money by using sites like Ebates, ExpoTv, SavingStar, and more. Remember, you don’t have to go into debt to have an awesome Christmas.

 

2. Learning to Say “No”: While the holidays can be a blast with family activities, holiday parties, and so much more, these same “fun” activities can also lead to stress. Here is where my biggest struggle comes in, learning to say “NO”. I mean the holidays are supposed to be about getting together with others, right? To some degree, yes, but when you have so many activities that you have no time to enjoy being at home and making family memories, then I think over-planning has taken place. This is definitely a work in progress for me.

 

3. Take time to enjoy the season. Be sure to plan out fun activities to do with your family and kids. For example, we made a gingerbread house and had more fun during that 2 hours than we did at all the other holiday “events” combined. Family time is so important especially during this busy season.

 

Have a great, stress-free Christmas everyone!

 

What are some tips you have for avoiding the holiday chaos?

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