Christmas is almost here, and if you have eyes and/or ears, you've noticed all the retailers, businesses, and promoters around trying to lure and seduce you into buying one or twenty things. SALES SALES SALES, they call out. DISCOUNTS, they cry out. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME-EVENT, they scream. If you're anything like me, you're very highly tempted and have drummed up a long list of things you want to scoop up. But guess what happens if you buy everything you want [without having a busload of money to back it up] - you get broke! So I thought I should come to your rescue and help you save some money this holiday season.
- The best money spent is someone else's money. Ask your boyfriend's bosses' nanny's daughter's best friend's mother's father's account manager's mistress' security guard's masseuse's employer's hair stylist's celebrity girlfriend to buy one or more of those items for you. Or at the very least, if someone close to you asks what you want for Christmas, start with them. But please, don't be an overzealous somebody and say you want an item that costs too much money.
- Look for FREE events! Lagos is going crazy right now with the number of events there are in December! Concerts, fashion shows, stage plays, shopping events, spa days, and so much more are everywhere!!! If you're a social butterfly and like to be out and about, Lagos is the place for you right about now. However, these events come at a price - which is fine, if you were going to just 3 or 4 throughout the month. But once you start going to 2 or 3 every weekend, the cost piles up. I can assure you that there are people who will spend hundreds of thousands of Naira going to events this month. If you can't afford all of those, look out for free events instead! Weddings are free... hehe, okay let me be serious. Some of the events are free, but just be sure not to tempted into buying anything if you haven't budgeted for it. Also, check out your church or other houses of worship for their scheduled activities. And ultimately, THROW your own event! Have a potluck event at your's or a friend's house - everyone brings something to eat/drink, throw on some music, play games, and you're good to go.
- If you have a loooooooooooong list of people to buy presents for, the first thing you should do is edit your list. Are you very very sure THAT person should get a gift from you? Once your list is complete, look out for simple DIY gifts you can comfortably make yourself. I plan on doing this actually, and will post photos next week. :) You can also shop your closet for items you bought, never used and doubt you will use - someone else might make good use of it.