Dec
12
2013

Are you feeling that holiday energy buzz where you realize it’s the end of the year and there’s so much left to do? In today’s world, the holidays encourage, ending business with a bang, making holiday travel plans, shopping for bargains, and getting the house ready for family and friends.  To ease into the holidays instead of sliding in head first I share 9 practical holiday tips to less stress that have worked for me year after year.

Let’s start with where the holidays might hurt the most and that’s your pocket book. Saving money and time makes everyone happy, take note of  the creative ways in which to accomplish both: 

1. Buckle down and write your to do list now. Start crossing off what is most important two weeks or so before you celebrate your holidays. This saves you on time by organizing yourself ahead of the holiday rush.

2. Cash in on credit card and banking points. Learn where you can use those points now for cash that you have already spent throughout the year. For example, did you know you can use your American Express points on Amazon by linking your account to them? Your accrued points can be utilized to buy and ship holiday gifts in time to be opened.

3.  Take advantage of the super sales, Groupon and Living Social specials. Small business’ are offering some fantastic deals right now with great prices on services. Buy now to gift those savings to your Mom, sister, friend or yourself with a gift certificate, yoga classes, facial, gift basket etc.

4. Your trash is someone else’s treasure. Consign what you no longer require and use the cash or store credit for gifts. You might be surprised what you can sell or purchase via consignment shops. Old jewelry, vintage coats and holiday dresses and shoes are hot items now. The extra $20 or more dollars can  go a long way in purchasing gift wrap or a stocking stuffer.

5. Send E-Holiday cards and save money , it’s fast , convenient and green. For those who prefer the postal route, utilize unused cards bought last year or craft a photo card of you, your pets, family or favorite trip you went on. Creating is fun and encourages the holiday spirit.

6. Clear the clutter and renew your space. As you prepare your space for a new year why not toss out papers, magazines and the piles of stuff that accrues over the year. If you have not read it or utilized it by now, recycle it. A cluttered house is a cluttered mind. A feeling of freedom ushers in by detoxing your environment, this includes your computer, email inbox and office space.

7. Do a trade! Swap your service or product with someone who offers what you might be looking for. This is a great way to collaborate, build referrals for your business and save some cash. 

8. How about giving yourself a break in the kitchen and pot luck social meals ? Save your time and money and ask family and friends to contribute to the holiday feast, instead of doing it all yourself.

9.  Give your self permission to enjoy yourself, take time out for YOU! The Holidays are for enjoying family, friends, co-workers, and resting from a year of hard work and celebrating LIFE. Say NO to stress and YES to holiday happiness, you deserve it!  

From our Zone to yours wishing you a wonderful and peaceful holiday season!     happy holidays 

Quote: “See the world as if for the first time; see it through the eyes of a child, and you will suddenly find that you are free.”  –Deepak Chopra

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Art Therapist and  America’sHappyologist who started Get Happy Zone, a personal development organization dedicated to crystallizing your passion and purpose and launch a personal happiness campaign through her VIP sessions and upcoming book Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life.

What would you like to change in your life’s canvas? If you are stuck and feeling uninspired Get Happy Zone is where we want to help you flesh out your desires and embark on a more positive course ! Should you or your business require inspiration please inquire at info@gethappyzone.com

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