Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010 4:12:54 AM
The snow outside is like a puffy white cloud, and as it cascades down from the grey December sky, I cannot help but feel cozy with my page-turner of a novel, comfortable pajamas, and blazing fire. Shiny wrapping paper is all over the red, blue, and yellow carpet of the living room floor. Bows of all sorts of colors are also spread around the floor too. By now, everyone has opened their presents. The satisfied smiles on everyone’s faces tell me that this has been a successful year. Deep down though, I know how stressful it was to get to this point. Between the online ordering and having to borrow a bit of cash to be able to buy everything, I just wanted to explode with frustration.
Next year, I do not want to have to go through all of that stress again. The holidays should be a time of peace and happiness, not frustration. All I could help thinking while I was trying to scrounge up enough money to buy the presents was “if only I had saved this” or “I should not have gotten this.” However, now I know some tips about saving money. One trick that I learned from Seventeen is that when I get my allowance, I should put some of it into a holiday fund. By the time the holidays come back around, I will have plenty saved to buy nice presents for all four of my family members. Also, whenever I am out shopping, I have started to do two things. The first thing is to make a list of everything I need to purchase; by doing this, I will be able to keep from just randomly browsing for too long. Buying pieces of clothing that I will wear several times is the other thing that I have decided to do, and this will help keep me from splurging on something I will only wear once or twice. Doing these two tricks will probably help me save a copious amount more money.
Lastly, when it comes to the holidays and money, I know the stress of the holidays gets to my parents too. When bothered by my mother or father, I only ask for small presents like gift cards, which let me buy what I want and will not cost as much as some new fancy piece of technology that I do not need. Though they try to tell me that we are financially fine, I know that it is still hard to find extra spending cash, especially now that we are planning a trip to Israel and my older sister getting surgery. Why should I be a burden to them if I do not need to be one? All I honestly want for the holidays is for my parents to be happy with the gifts I give them and not worry about anything special for me. This way we save money and still spread holiday cheer among ourselves.