December 9, 2015
It’s time to celebrate the holidays again. We all know that this time of year can be very stressful. Between cooking a big meal, running to numerous holiday parties, sending Christmas cards, and not to mention all of the holiday gifts you buy for your family and friends. No wonder why you are so stressed out. So we here at Compton Accounting have come up with some helpful hints to make your holiday season a little more enjoyable.
First, omit over-the-top spending. Buying expensing (or too many) gifts can cause financial stress. Realistically you don’t have to buy the best of everything or spend countless hours picking out the perfect gift. Consider setting a spending limit or choose moderately priced presents. You can also buy the same gift for numerous people. Especially if they don’t live close to one another. Who is really going to know?
Next, you can share the holiday cooking. There is no shame in doing a potluck and asking your family and friends to bring a dish. That is also a fun way for everybody to bring some of their traditions to your party. If you don’t want to ask your guests to bring a dish there is also no shame in visiting the “pre-made” section at your grocery store. If you don’t want to make pie from scratch you don’t have to anymore. If you don’t really love to cook or don’t have time then there is really no point in making everything from scratch anyways.
Now for Christmas cards. You can streamline your Christmas card list. Only send to people you keep in contact with. You don’t have to send a Christmas card to everybody, especially the ones you haven’t talked to in a really long time. Only send to people that you keep in contact with or want to stay in contact with.
Finally wrapping gifts. If you don’t want to wrap all of the gifts you bought, you don’t have to. If you are still wrapping stocking stuffers, don’t. That is what the stocking is for. Also if you haven’t discovered the utility of gift bags over wrapping paper, maybe this is the season to do so. However if you like the way the wrapping paper looks under the tree they do have services that will wrap your presents for a small fee. They are usually at malls and consist of high school kids working a fundraiser. Or you can always guilt trip your kids into doing it.
Well we hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday season. From our family to yours Happy Holidays!