Tips to keep your holiday spending under control
Many people dread the arrival of January because that’s when all the holiday bills need to be paid. With a little care and planning you can stay within a budget and keep your holiday spending under control.
Here are a few tips to help you manage your holiday expenses and still have a great time:
- Set a budget for everyone on your holiday list and stick to it.
- Buy gift items in bulk to maximize savings.
- Ask people what they want to avoid getting something they won’t appreciate.
- Instead of individual gifts, bring a gift for the whole family.
- Anticipate incidental spending needs for food, entertainment and decorations that are bound to come up.
- Organize a gift exchange instead of giving individual presents.
These tips and a few more can be found on The Digerati Life website.
Photography: A Love of Reading
Although it may not necessarily be on the top of a child’s wish list, helping to nurture a love of books and reading can turn out to be a priceless gift that will bring a lifetime of joy to someone.
For ideas of interesting books your children may enjoy, Teachers First has put together a categorized list of 100 Best Books For Children. The National Education Association also put together some top 100 lists. Check out the list of top 100 children’s books as ranked by Kids and by Teachers.
With the holiday season fast approaching, time will very shortly be at a premium.
Shopping online ( even if only to browse and do some initial research ) is a time efficient way to knock off items from your shopping list. Most online bookstores provide powerful search engines to make your selection easier, have books categorized by age and interest and even offer a quick look inside to give you an idea of how appropriate a book may be.
Here are a few classic book series that all children like to get you started:
If you’re more of a tactile shopper don’t forget to take a look at our Location of West Island Book Stores map.
Are there any books your children loved reading or enjoyed when you read to them? Share your experience by leaving us a comment and giving other parents some great ideas.
Healthy Diets For Your Children
Canadian Living magazine has compiled a list of Top 10 Superfoods our kids should be eating. How many of these foods are part of your children’s diet?
- Whole Grain Bread
- Sweet Potatoes
- Natural Nut Butters
- Omega-3 Eggs
- Organic Chicken
To find out more you can read the complete article entitled Top 10 Superfoods For Kids.
They have also included a short 10 question quiz to test your overall knowledge of healthy foods.