When you scroll through the extensive list of Christmas hampers that are available online, it becomes extremely apparent that you have little to no choice about what brands or products go into each hamper.
Can you justify paying $30 or more each fortnight for a whole year for full priced items you did not choose yourself?
As an alternative option, we have put our thinking caps on to help you design your very own DIY Christmas hamper.
'Risks of Impulse Shopping'
With Christmas creeping up on us and with school finishing up for the year, it will start to get more and more difficult to find a car park at your local shopping centre as people get caught up in the adrenaline and excitement of Christmas shopping.
If you wander through you local department store this time of year (if you can find a car park), you will find that it is so easy to become hypnotized by the all sights, sounds and smells of Christmas, which can ultimately leave you vulnerable to impulse shopping (keep in mind, these places want you to spend your money).
Therefore, when and if you decide to tackle you Christmas shopping it is important to be prepared.
- Write a list
- Do your research (e.g. compare online to in store prices)
- Commit to a Budget
- Consider taking advantage of the extended shopping Christmas hours
- Avoid the temptation of using high interest pay day lenders to get 'quick, easy money'
- Avoid shopping with others so you don't feel pressured to buy certain things
For more information, see the attached link to the Moneysmart page for '12 Money Tips for Christmas'
With 12 days to go until Christmas, we are now well and truly into the festive season (see if you can find a department store that isn’t playing Michael Buble’s Christmas album).
For the next few weeks, we will be bombarded with Christmas songs on the radio, fairy lights,elves, tinsel and celebrity chefs on TV showing you how to cook the perfect Christmas lunch. For many of us, Christmas is a time for celebration and relaxation, when we get together with friends and family and reflect on the year that has been.
However, Christmas can also be a difficult time for many people. Spare a thought for your elderly neighbor who lives alone, your friend who is experiencing financial hardship, your relative who is going through a separation or your co worker who is struggling with depression.
If you know someone who finds this time of year especially difficult, consider reaching out to them to show that you are thinking of them. As the Grinch said, ‘It came without ribbons, it came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags. Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more’.
If you or someone you know finds this time of year especially difficult, services such as Lifeline are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to take your call.
For more tips to get through the festive season, see the link for the ABC interview with Clinical and Health Psychologist, Sabina Lane.
We have all seen the image on television and in magazines of a dinner table that has been beautifully laid out with red, green and gold decorations, covered in enough food to feed a football team. The family seated at the table are dressed like they are going to visit the Queen and are laughing, probably at something the dog has done. The image has blurry edges to give it that warm, cosy, festive feeling as the advertisement reveals to the audience that for a small fortnightly payment all the food on the table could be yours this Christmas.
At first glance, a Christmas hamper seems both convenient and ‘value for money’, but if we get down to the nitty-gritty of it…is a Christmas hamper really worth it?
Before you consider signing up for next year, take a look at the list we created of ‘Things to think about before you sign up for a Christmas hamper’.