The holidays are a great time of splurging for many people, but if you’re truly flat broke it can be very depressing! In fact I think that the Christmas season is the hardest to go through when you can’t afford your bills. I know….we’ve been there! Our family is so thankful this year due to my blog to not be flat broke! Most of you know that I do make a small amount of income through this blog to help pay some bills as well as the products that I receive to review.
It is just one of many ways we are trying to survive a teacher’s salary. My review products are mostly what we consider as gifts to our children for Christmas – their Christmas comes to them throughout the month as I review products – not on a specific day. We don’t buy much else. And to be honest typically other than a small filler or two hubby and I don’t really exchange gifts – we just try to make it nice for the boys. But before blogging we have had years where we literally could not afford an extra $10 for presents- at all. It’s H.A.R.D.
Seeing as many of you are teachers and most of you are here reading because you are looking to save money, I know that there are some of you who are where we were a few years ago – absolutely not a penny to spend on Christmas. It’s depressing really! With sales and gifts and decorations littering every inch of our atmosphere it can be difficult to “get in the Christmas spirit” without materialistic things like gifts – especially if you have children. I encourage you to try….even if it seems sad or pointless.
Remind yourself constantly what you are thankful for….job, friends, somewhere to live, food, etc. Make your own decorations – yes, even if it on paper. Draw Christmas trees, bake a batch of cookies, if you can afford it splurge in your groceries just a little. Get that extra nice piece of meat or fancier bread for Christmas dinner. Spend quality family time together. Watch movies on TV, have a lot of family game nights, go on walks.
Although society tells us Christmas is equivalent to having tons of stuff, it really isn’t. Hold on to what you DO have and be happy with it. Go against societal expectations and make your own Christmas yourself. I understand the desperation and desire of giving more than you can, but make a personal gift of time – no one can buy that and it truly is priceless.