Can you believe the December school holidays are just over two months away! It feels like I just got back to work from the last December holidays and now we headed for the holidays again. Where has the time gone? Days are getting longer and warmer and everyone is slowly but surely starting to plan for the holidays. If you haven’t yet started planning your holidays, now is a good time to start. And to help you along, in this article are 5 practical December holiday planning tips.
The thing is, every year, many get caught in the end-of-the-year slump and then find themselves doing last minute planning. That has been me almost every single year. But if you plan well, it can actually prevent so much unnecessary stress.
5 Practical December Holiday Planning Tips
Look for specials now
Whether you plan to go on holiday, want to treat the kids with a couple of fun activities or just want to get your shopping done, there is always so much to do in October and November. Luckily, many stores have end-of-the-season specials running already. Makro is a great store for the whole family that runs excellent deals often. Here, you’ll find everything you need for the holidays, from kids’ toys to toiletries and even food and drinks. Also buying in bulk is always a good idea. Look out for the Makro Black Friday deals coming up (Black Friday is on the 29th of November!), as well as their popular Makro R100 deals. These specials are ideal to stock up on everything you need for December.
Plan activities carefully
When it comes to activities during the school holidays, it can be difficult to keep the whole family happy. It’s a great idea to jot down a few places you’d like to visit then decide on which days you will be visiting them. This way, no one can claim they didn’t have a say!
Tip: Many theme parks and outdoor activity centres take bookings, so you can start booking your spots now.
Check for reviews
Theres nothing worse than planning to visit a place months in advance, only to end up having a horrible time. Visit their social media and check for reviews. Always be mindful though, that people tend to easily complain than give good reviews on social media. Also check if any reviews have been done online.
Calculate your expenses now
If there isn’t a whole lot of funds in the kitty, it can be frustrating not knowing how much you’re going to spend. Nowadays with social media and almost every business having a website, it is possible to find out before hand what your potential spending is going to be. Do your research and contact the places you plan to visit. This will save you time and money!
Stock up on goodies
It’s not a great idea to leave your food cupboards empty before the holidays start. Start stocking up now on goodies for the little ones. If you’re a bit strapped for cash and patiently waiting for that December bonus, shop at affordable stores such as Shoprite. Shoprite is a proudly South African store and actually have amazingly low prices. What I love about them is that because their prices are so low, you can often buy in bulk. So, if you’re looking to buy snacks and treats for the holidays, don’t buy singles, stock up!
Tip: Look out for the weekly Shoprite specials catalogue, those deals are not to be missed.
School holidays can be stressful, but it can also be a whole lot of fun. Shops like Makro and Shoprite can make it a whole lot easier. Start planning early and enjoy a full and affordable December.
Disclaimer: This article was sponsored by Kimbino.
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