As Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach I wanted to share my thoughts on gifting and all the stuff we accumulate. Take it from someone who went from a 2,000 sq ft house full of stuff to a less than 800 sq ft apartment which contains less than a quarter of what said house did. If I haven’t learned anything else from this experience, I now know the importance stuff lacks. If I can’t eat it, wear it (let’s be honest I still love clothes), or travel to it, then I don’t have a desire for it.
The holidays make people crazy with trying to find the “perfect” gift for everyone. Each of whom probably has everything they could possibly need. We spend endless amounts of time and money trying to please each other with stuff. This year I am thankful to say the family is going on a Christmas trip together rather than buying gifts. I can’t tell you how stress free I feel knowing I don’t have to hunt down the perfect gift(s) and not blow my budget.
This is the advice I offer you as we move into the holiday season. Spend time with the ones you love rather than aiming to please them with material goods. Take a trip, or if that’s not in the budget, volunteer together. Maybe as a family you adopt a family in need and spend the money providing for others. If you must buy gifts, why not gift experiences like cooking classes, a painting party (you know…the ones that are BYOB lol), or if there are kids involved a trip to the zoo, the aquarium, or the movies. We all know movies are expensive! If a city near you offers a museum pass or membership that could be a good option for families.
If you choose to participate in the craziness that is Black Friday, may the odds be ever in your favor. Until next post…xoxo Becca
One more pieces of advise, spend wisely and within your means…