‘Tis the sea­son to be jolly... so don’t stress!

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The amount of money we spend on presents is es­ca­lat­ing year-on-year, giv­ing us more debt, more to wrap, and more pack­ages for post­ing!

Shop­ping

It seems more and more peo­ple are opt­ing for the less stress­ful op­tion of on­line shop­ping as a 2015 study re­vealed that the num­ber of shop­pers vis­it­ing UK stores de­creased by 9 per cent on the Monday and Tues­day be­fore Christ­mas last year. And, dur­ing the first 10 days of De­cem­ber 2015, in-store spend­ing fell by 2.3 per cent while on­line spend­ing grew by 9.4 per cent. Just imag­ine a Christ­mas shop­ping trip with no queu­ing at the check­out! If you missed Cy­ber Monday on Novem­ber 28, then don’t worry as many high street stores still have on­line and in-store sales on in the run-up to Christ­mas.

Over­spend­ing

Up to two mil­lion peo­ple were so wor­ried about the stress of debt last Christ­mas that they can­celled spend­ing al­to­gether. The study, by loans com­pany Salary Finance, also dis­cov­ered than one in five will be get­ting into debt to fund their Christ­mas, by bor­row­ing money or dip­ping into loans and credit cards. If you are one of them, con­sider switch­ing your loan/credit card provider to get a bet­ter rate of in­ter­est. If you are al­most fin­ished shop­ping, and man­ag­ing to stay out of debt so far, then stop shop­ping to pre­vent slip­ping into the red.

Wrap­ping

Some peo­ple loathe wrap­ping presents, for oth­ers it’s the high­light of buy­ing some­one a gift (apart from giv­ing them it, of course!). For those who dread the moun­tain of gifts to be tied up, don’t make it an af­ter-thought as this in­duces panic. In­stead al­low time to com­plete the task. Here’s a tip for stress-free wrap­ping – the Christ­mas cracker tech­nique. Ideal for small gifts, sim­ply roll a piece of pa­per around the gift, be­fore gath­er­ing at each end and ty­ing par­cel rib­bon around (you won’t even need to use sticky tape!).

Post­ing

Post­ing gifts to friends and rel­a­tives (espe­cially if they live abroad, or down south) can be a stress­ful thought. And their gifts will be among an­other 130 mil­lion parcels han­dled by Royal Mail in De­cem­ber alone! Just re­mem­ber that De­cem­ber 16 is the last post­ing day for send­ing cards/ gifts to Europe while De­cem­ber 21 is the last day for First Class mail (and De­cem­ber 20 for Sec­ond). And save your­self some money, and stress, by hand-de­liv­er­ing some presents and cards this year. It will be more re­ward­ing.

130m presents are han­dled by Royal Mail in De­cem­ber!

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