12 WAYS TO MERRIMENT
How to make the most of what you have this holiday season.
BY Rowena Wendy Lei
Is it still possible to celebrate the season of joy and giving without burning a hole through your pocket? Or freaking out? Or looking stressed? Check out the following tips from the ladies who surmounted Christmas stresses.
1. Organize your Christmas shopping list, says accountant Mary Ann Joson-Vargas.
“For Christmas gatherings or Noche Buena, I always have a theme so I know what to get at the grocery a week before. This year I’m planning to have an Italian-themed Christmas, so pasta, bread, and red wine will be my focus. Having a themed holiday celebration has really helped me budget things since I am focused on certain items. This means more time with my family and, of course, huge savings.“
2. Don’t wait till the last minute to start shopping, says Cindy Tan of VNC Philippines.
3. It’s the thought that counts, reminds Ria Tirazona, associate psychologist at PsychConsult, Inc.
4. Be creative in giving, advises Lizette Tan Bamba, financial planner manager at Sun Life.
Find efficient ways and means to be a blessing to others, may it be a material gift, a gift of service, or a gift of time spent.
5. DIY (do-it-yourself) presents are always more personal and usually more economical, advises Iris Pulga of PH Bakehouse.
6. If you’re throwing a party, have a checklist, says Therese Panganiban of Virtusio Public Relations.
7. Don’t stress yourself, advises beauty blogger Jill Sabitsana of Kikay Exchange at kikay.exchange.ph.
Don’t go to all the parties. Choose the ones held by your nearest and dearest. Christmas is a time for beloved friends and family; it’s not about stretching yourself too thin. If you choose which parties you attend, you won’t end up stressed and overdrawn.
8. Look your best, says Lesley Tiu of Shuji Kida Hair Salon in San Juan City.
9. Hydrate your nails, says Bea Chua of Nail-a-holics Nail Salon & Spa at SM Mall of Asia.
10. Avoid delays, advises lifestyle blogger Frances Lorraine Haw at frannywanny.com.
Traffic will definitely be chaotic during this time of the year. Add an extra 30 minutes to an hour to the usual commute length, taking into consideration that you will need that extra time in transit.
11. Plan your commute, according to Joy Bordador of Virtusio Public Relations.
12. Bring along an extra pair of comfortable footwear, says lifestyle blogger Beatrice Margarita Lapa of Skysenshi.com.
Want to know how you can apply these tips? Grab a copy of HealthToday's December-January issue for the full article on 12 ways to merriment.