12/3/2019 0 Comments
The holidays are here! Which means laughter, giving, and happiness! I'm a big Christmas and Thanksgiving guy. I love the food, the presents, the movies, the parades, the family gathering together by the fire, All of it! With all the great times, great food, and great gifts it's easy to get yourself in a bit of a bind. You can easily string together a few weeks of over eating and overspending without even realizing it! By the time the holidays are over you've gained 10 pounds and maxed out your credit cards! We have compiled a few tips and tricks to help you avoid this.
Just to be clear! By no means are we suggesting you don't indulge in the festivities. After all, you work hard all year! You deserve to have some cake and see your families expression of joy when they open presents under the tree! We just want your enjoyment to be sustained, not ruined by a scale and a credit card bill! Use the following tips to aid you in surviving the holidays..
1. Gift Splitting: This is an awesome way to save some cash this season. Its very simple! When it comes to those higher ticket gifts see if a few family members want to chip in. If your son/daughter want tickets to the game, see if grandma wants to split it with you. The kids still get the gift they want, you saved grandma from trying to guess what to buy, and you've saved yourself half the cost of the gift! It's a win for everyone.
2. Gift Card Promos: This is a great way to knock out a few gifts at the same time while keeping a few dollars in your pocket. There are some really great deals out there if you look for them. The best ones are usually from a restaurant, hotel, or event business. The typical deal you see is spend $100 and get 20$ free. That's a free gift or stocking stuffer! There are better ones though if you look. I recently found a place that would match whatever you spent. Insane! I spent 100$ and got $200 with of gift cards! I was able to pretty much cover all my nieces and nephews in one stop (8 of them). Awesome stuff! Keep your eyes out for those deals and be ready to pounce when you find em'.
3. Plan for next year now: Take advantage of all the sales post holiday! Right after Christmas is the perfect time to stock up for next year. All the wrapping paper, lights, and cards are on deep discount. Buying those items now till save you a could chunk of change in the future. Take advantage!
4. Eat what you want: The food is one of the best parts of the holidays. No one should have to resist all those goodies. So don't! Just keep your indulgences to one meal a day, not all meals all day. Eat whatever you want once a day! We recommend you stay strong all day and indulge for dinner if you feel the need. Why? If you have a few cookies for lunch you are more likely to have a few at dinner also. But if you only had some at dinner then there's no more meal times for you to indulge.
5. Do not take a holiday from your exercise: If you have an exercise routine keep it. If you don't have one, start now. Exercising regularly helps increase mental and physical health. It will also help you stay away from overeating as you won't want to waste the work you put in exercising by eating an entire chocolate cake! Also, if you do eat an entire chocolate cake it wont affect you as much as it would if you did not exercise. So while it is holiday season is a great time to take a break from work, it is not a break time from exercise. Keep your routine and you will be ringing in a happy new year!
That about covers it! Save when you can, keep an eye out for gift splitting and gift card opportunities. Eat what you want, enjoy yourself, just keep to one meal and don't slack on the exercise! Try these tips out this holiday season and let us know how it worked for you!
Thanks for reading!
A little bit about me! I'm a family man with a lovely wife and three awesome boys. I have a bit of an entrepreneur bug. I started and sold my own company twice ( small businesses but the experience was valuable), I've dabbled in real estate, been an Ebay reseller, and also spent many years in management roles which is my current stream of income ( plus a few side streams I've put together). I'd say all in all I'm your typical guy trying to make a better life for his Family.