You know that old feeling of "my Christmas has to be as good as other people's Christmases and if I have to go into debt to do it I bloody well will"? Yeah, remember that feeling? 'Cause so do I. I think I have more willpower than I used to and I know deep in my heart that I don't have anything to prove to anyone, yet I have to admit I'm worried that my Christmas won't be "good enough".
There are 24 more days to get through until the deed is done - that's a lot of time to get myself into trouble.
I thought I had managed the iPad neediness I was feeling last Friday (Black Friday) - I didn't order one. Now today I find out that the UK's iPlayer is coming to Canada as a free app for iPads bringing with it all of the wonderful BBC shows I LOVE! Boy they really like to stick in the knife and give it a bit of a twist don't they?
After buying groceries today, paying down my line of credit, padding my savings accounts and paying for the yurt I have $1378 left to get me through the month. That has to cover everything: tree, groceries and gas to the end of the month, the rest of my Christmas shopping list, entertainment, dining out, parties etc. It just doesn't seem like enough. (Other household costs like insurance, condo fee, cable, internet etc are covered by the rest of my budget and not included in the $1378).
I do have one advantage. And that is that I'm aware of how much money I have left. In previous years I just spent spent spent totally unaware (well, kinda aware but keeping my head firmly stuck in the sand!) of how much I was over-spending and then January would roll around and so would the SHOCK! and then the REMORSE! AAAAAAACK!
Don't want to go there, I mean I SO don't want to go there! Need a PLAN!
I am flying by the seat of my pants here so would appreciate any tips you can offer. So what can I do to NOT sabotage my good efforts over the last year by going totally overboard this month??
- make a list of gifts I still need to purchase & estimate costs
- make a list of other needed purchases such as stamps
- don't grocery shop again (except for milk, bread and salad) until Dec. 15th
- do NOT buy wrapping paper, gift tags, bows - use up what I have on hand then get creative
- cut down on baking goodies as I always over do it and then spend the next six months trying to diet and exercise it OFF!
- plan my Christmas meals now and make a grocery list instead of buying anything and everything "just in case"
- make use of the multitude of "free activities" around the city like ice skating in Victoria Park
Hopefully this will help - just making a plan has calmed me down a wee bit! Now off to cycle a bit closer to Brighton!