Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Surviving January

Christmas shopping

January is the most depressing month of the year, well in my honest opinion anyway. With all the sparkle packed away from view and the magic tossed to the curb, all that is left is the realization of a dark and bleak month full of bills and New Year resolutions. 

The gluttony of Christmas seems like a distant memory, and it is time to pull those purse strings tight, avoid the sales that seem to be absolutely everywhere, and try to assume a sense of normality after a few weeks off.

Yesterday was said to be the most depressing month of the year, and I have to say that I did feel unusually blue all day, granted I didn't make it to the gym like I would usually in the morning and I am pretty certain that the lack of endorphin's was the reason I felt this way... that and because I just seem to want to shop at every given opportunity...

Although January is a pretty depressing month for everyone, it's the month that all the Christmas credit card statements roll in, and seeing what you really spent can sometimes be a bit of a kick in the teeth, especially when it's all over and done with. It really drums into you how important planning ahead can be, why not start Christmas shopping now and be ready for Christmas 2016 sooner rather than later?

Online voucher code retailer My Voucher Codes has found that starting your Christmas shopping early does have its benefits. They continued their research into saving families money and surveyed 2,358 Brits over the age of 18 and asked them: “Would you consider buying anything in the Boxing Day sales for next Christmas?” 44% of those surveyed said that they would. The most popular items those surveyed were wanting to buy were: Clothing i.e. festive jumpers, toys, cards/gift wrap, decorations and none perishable gifts. The majority (70%) of those surveyed stated that saving money was the main reason behind starting early, with 40% wanting to be organised and 20% wanting to save time. 

You can view the full article and all of the money saving tips on thecheers.org.

I vow each year to shop earlier in order to avoid the crowds and make sure that I spread the cost. I am not one to splurge on a credit card and I like to source deals in advance so that I know I am getting the best value for money, especially on some of the bigger gifts. I have already stocked up on a few gifts for this Christmas in the sales, and it feels good to be making a head start. 

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