December 1 to 12, 2018
I woke up this morning to a marshmallow world and I think that I am finally starting to maybe feel kinda Christmasy. Christmas is can be an expensive time for so many, us included, but I did manage to do a few things this week to keep our holiday expenses down.
I suppose the first thing I did to save money for Christmas was to not feel all that Christmasy. I love Christmas but every few years I just can’t work up the enthusiasm. My kids are all grown up and I will still see my family for Christmas so I don’t get too worried about my lack of enthusiasm. It happens. 2019 is another year and there will be another Christmas.
I didn’t have a lot of extra cash to spend on Christmas this year. In fact, I was worried that December was going to be dire, and maybe even dreadful. However, I received my holiday pay at the end of November and I picked up a couple of extra shifts. This meant that December, while it didn’t become delightful, certainly became doable. The extra income allowed us to pay off a major annual bill. That freed up a little bit of cash that went directly to renew my driver’s license and then pay for new headlights for the truck. I could be sad but I am grateful for the freedom of movement represented by my license and for the ability to do it safely as the new headlights will allow us to see where we are going.
Despite my lack of Christmas spirit, I did get in a little Christmas shopping done this week. I spent a couple of lunch hours with workmates pursuing the local craft fairs. I spent $2.00 on gift tags made as a fundraiser by the local elementary kids to raise funds for their school. On my trip into town to renew my driver’s licence I took my bottles to the depot. I earned a whopping $2.15. I spent $1.75 at the thrift store and the remainder at the grocery store. I have been holding on to a $25 PC gift card and I figured that the time was right to cash it in. I used my gift card on a few things for the pantry, a jug of milk, and a few Christmas baking supplies. Excluding the fee for my license, my trip to town cost me $0.75 out of pocket. I think I can live with that.
The Man just walked in with some lovely fresh eggs from the neighbour. Maybe her Christmas spirit combined with the marshmallow weather is making me feel a little less Grinch like.
How was your week? Are you feeling like Christmas? Leave a comment and tell me all about it. I love hearing from you.