Recently, our amazing Emma German surveyed our staff to compile the team's go-to tips and tricks to survive Christmas and make it to 2020.

Tips to survive Christmas madness

  • Shop the pre- Christmas sales (Black Friday / Cyber Monday) to pick up some bargains but only buy what you need. If there’s something you don’t need but buy it just because it’s on sale, this is not saving money it is still spending money.
  • Stock up on a few extra token gifts (buy them throughout the year) in case those long lost cousins turn up. This way you can look like the most thoughtful and generous family member 👌. It will help you survive Christmas gatherings.
  • Post-Christmas is the best time to prep for the following year and save. Buy gift wrap, cards and decorations while they are massively reduced and pop them in the cupboard for the following year.
  • If you don't have the cash to pay for your Christmas goodies up-front, you might be tempted to use your credit card, or use a buy now pay later service. Although these are convenient ways to get the things you need now, that convenience can cost you dearly if you find yourself still saddled with Christmas debt well into 2020.
  • Try re-gifting to save money! (make note who you received it from so you don't accidentally give it back to them😳 ).
  • Consider giving homemade gifts. Everyone loves the classics such as homemade jams, chutneys and fruitcake.
  • Buy from and support small businesses. If you are shopping online, try and source local online shops and not just dropshipping sites. #buyfromthebush
  • Avoid blowout! One useful app to track your spending is ‘Santa’s bag.’ With this app not only can you track your gift spending you can also add notes of where you have hidden gifts so you don’t find them at Easter.
  • Last but not least… Don’t eat too much on Christmas day, you won’t have enough room for a few drinks 😊.

From the team at THRIVE, we hope you survive!!!