Christmas is drawing near – it must be, as already there is a multitude of Xmas rubbish in my local shops! It’ll only be a matter of time before the dulcet tones of Noddy Holder and Wizard et al start blaring out from everywhere.
But I’m wondering how different the festive season will feel this year compared to previous ones. So many people are feeling the pinch right now. Friends of mine are so concerned that they or their partners might be laid off work between now and Christmas that it’s hard to even think about planning for it. Lots of firms are considering redundancies and busy consulting with the unions. One of my mates was telling me that when her partner’s line manager showed up for work in a tie the other day everyone panicked, thinking he’d dressed up to deliver redundancies. It turned out he actually just had a lunch date with an important client, but such is the fear out there at the coal face.
Will this mean a frugal and subdued Yuletide as everybody holds back on their spending – Marks & Spencers earlier this week reported sales down by a third and said consumer sentiment was actually weakening in the run up to Christmas. Or at the last minute will shoppers go crazy – kicking back after what’s been a tough year for many people? It’ll be interesting to see. As for DJ and I, we certainly want to have a fun Christmas, but we’ll be trying to conserve as much cash as possible this year, more than ever.
I’d love to hear what you’ll be doing differently this Christmas, if anything, and your best frugal Christmas tips . Do get in touch and I’ll publish a list of the best ones.
I’m having a break for the next couple of weeks but will see you in a fortnight’s time. See you soon!
How do you plan to enjoy the festive season? Got any good frugal tips for enjoying Christmas? Leave a message or send me an email and let me know.
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