December is my busiest month, not only do I have Christmas to contend with, but it’s my little one’s birthday shortly after. A double whammy for me on the financial front. Here’s my five steps for bossing Christmas as a parent

Step 1.

First things first, I have to check that my son has secured his place on Santa’s good list. Then it’s time to start prepping for his birthday bonanza and Christmas stocking. Birthday and Christmas jars set up and money set aside to make sure I have it available when it’s time to pick up presents.

Step 2.

Avoid the struggle. You’re in the shops picking the presents up, and your little angel is pointing to everything in sight that they ‘need’ immediately. Not on my watch. Pre-download some videos for them to watch on your phone, pick up and take their fave magazine or play I Spy to keep them distracted. Trust me, I’ve learnt the hard way and I’ve tried and tested these methods.

Step 3.

Go hands-free. If you know you’re going to have your hands full (whether it’s with kids or presents), you can pay with a wearable that’s linked to your jar. That way if they decide to go rogue at the till, you won’t have to worry about digging that card from the bottom of your bag.

Step 4.

Take a load off. If there’s in-store delivery or wrapping services offered, it’ll not only save you time but you won’t have to worry about carrying too much with your kids in toe.

Step 5.

Relax. Pour yourself a nice warm bubble bath, cup of tea and kick back to a job well done. Until it’s time to start prepping the Christmas dinner – that’s a whole different ball game altogether.

Liz – PA and Planning Support
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