My life, designed by me.
If I had a dollar for every time I rationalized an impulse purchase by saying “it’s only xxx amount,” well, as the saying goes… I would have a lot of dollars. I am trying to train myself to break this pattern of impulse spending because I am trying to live by the other age-old saying- if you take care of the cents the dollars will take care of themselves.
Of course, Christmas seems a difficult time of year to being this new approach to money management, but I have never been known for doing things the easy way!
My first challenge was to stop thinking that our Christmas would be enhanced by buying more decorations, Christmas themed paraphernalia and anything that I walked past, stopped and regarded as ‘soooooo cute!’. Soooooo cute usually translates to regrettable impulse buy. It has been difficult. I mean a huge tub of Christmas decorations for $5 at Kmart? Bargain! Do I need them? NO. I have plenty of decorations that I have accumulated over various years and also, I am looking at it from this point of view; will those extra baubles enhance our Christmas experience? Will it make a difference to how our family celebrate or feels on the day? The answer is clearly NO. I do not need any of these accoutrements that are placed in such a way to make me think that I need them, in order to create a magical Christmas.
This year, apart from my thoughtful, authentic gifts, I am giving my family the gift of myself. I am going to give them a person who is far less stressed from over spending, far less anxious about creating the perfect Christmas with accessories. I am going to spend time with them and enjoy their company. I am going to reflect with them about how very lucky we are to have each other. I hope that I can teach them, by example, that we do not need to buy lots of gifts to prove how special we are to each other.
Tips for embracing the Christmas spirit without the high price tag.
I would love to hear how others are embracing the idea of an authentic Christmas this year! Feel free to comment and share the love!