Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Don't feel pressured in to spending at Christmas and a giveaway

According to a recent survey by Whyte & Mackay  46.2% of people confess to feeling pressured into spending £100-£200 more than they can afford.    I have to admit that this really shocked me, but them with the rising cost of things and also the unrealistic expectations of people it is often very hard to keep a lid on spending.

Other irritations were:
·         Christmas dinner preparations (25%). The most common complaint is when mum-in-laws unfavourably compare the way dinner is served to the ‘proper way’ (i.e. her way).·         Cruel present choices (24%). The majority felt that parent-in-laws purposefully bought presents for them that they wouldn’t like, from terrible Christmas jumpers to regifting items already in their cupboards.·         Fighting over board games (15%). The most frenetic choice is the team game of charades with 34% of those who have fought with their parent-in-laws coming to blows. Monopoly is the board game that seems to cause the least amount of stress (2%).·         Arguments over TV (15%). Oddly, the Queen’s Speech is the source of most squabbles (25%), closely followed by soaps (23%)·         Where Christmas is held (8%). Determining who will be travelling to whom during the festive period is a hot topic with 76% of those for which it’s an issue believing that their parent-in-laws exert pressure on their children to enjoy Christmas with them in their old family home.
 SO Whyte & Mackay have teamed up with TV psychologist, Geoff Beattie to introduce a guide on dealing with these and other christmas challenges complete with interactive sessions on the whisky’s Facebook and Twitter pages (@whyteandmackay).




To celebrate the launch of their "Spirit Guide" Whyte & Mackay are teaming up with A Thrifty Mum to give one of my readers a bottle of their whisky.

In order to be in with a chance, please follow the rafflecopter instructions below:

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12 comments:

  1. I cut back at Christmas by making home made gifts for my friends and some family members. Ive made toffee, fudge and crocheted bunting :-)

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  2. I've bought things throughout the year when they've been on offer and I get cards & wrapping paper in the sales to use the next year. I also try to give people cards by hand where possible as stamps as so expensive now!

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  3. This year I have tried to reduce spending by making as many gifts as I can, I love sewing so I have made lots of bags and teddy bears as stocking fillers :)

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  4. I am doing my food shopping online so I cannot impulse buy round the supermarket :)

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  5. I have been re-gifting a little! I have a cupboard with quite a few untouched gifts that I have decided to find new homes for.

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  6. I have paid for a lot of gifts with Clubcard, Nectar and Boots points. I couldn't believe how much I saved...

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  7. We have a low key Christmas, all our decs are homemade, all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, many of them are hand made. I do the cooking and every guest has the choice of enjoying their meal or leaving.

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  8. The kids have just got one really nice big present and not lot's of stocking fillers which they only look at for a minute.

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  9. i will be shopping at asda, rather than tesco this year!! also we are having a fake tree we bought in the sales rather than the normal real one.

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  10. I have saved money by buying all my kids gifts secondhand or getting them for free on freecycle! I have wrapped them up in old clothes and tied them up with ribbons which can be used again and again! I have hardly spent any money on them and have got them lots of great gifts!

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  11. We'll be making each other small presents this year.

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