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Ten tips for holiday sanity

Ten tips for holiday sanity

Posted: Monday, December 1, 2008 9:10 pm

1. Keep the holidays simple. Don’t get overwhelmed by entertaining ideas in magazines and on TV shows. Get away from the idea of “perfect” holidays. 2. Keep your reason for the season in mind. Whether yours is religious or just family-centered, remind your children how important giving is and that being together should mean more than any gift they could receive. 3. Be savvy with your travel plans. Keep an eye out for the cheapest gas prices if you drive; shop the discount travel Web sites if you fly or need a hotel. 4. Make gifts… sometimes. Before you decide to make holiday gifts, ask yourself if you will really save money by doing so. If you are not skilled enough to make the gifts without wasting materials or without spending excessive amounts of time, are you really saving anything? 5. Make your list of friends…then check it twice. If you still send cards or gifts to people who never respond or those you have lost contact with- scratch them from the list to save money on gifts and postage. 6. Use credit cards wisely- or not at all. Only charge the amount you can afford to pay off before interest kicks in. Do you really want to be paying for that Christmas sweater when July rolls around? 7. Clean out those closets and toy chests! Give things that don’t fit to charity before adding more things to the collection. 8. Avoid using “quick fix” loans to give more extravagant gifts. Remember- household bills will continue to come in long after the holidays have ended. 9. Take advantage of free gift wrapping when it’s available in malls. If the lines are too long or it is not offered- ask for gift boxes when you shop in department stores and make wrapping gifts a family affair. Save boxes throughout the year that can be used for gifts during the holidays, and save gift bags for re-use. 10. RELAX and enjoy another holiday season with family & friends. Editor’s note: Information complied by Tennille Blakemore Short, Haywood County Family Community Services agent, State Human Development Leadership Team. Published in The Messenger 12.1.08

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