Just as the Grinch stole Christmas, excess spending can reduce our yuletide happiness. Seasonal credit card splurges can create ballooning long-term debt, while over-consumption inevitably leads to a blow-out in rubbish bin waste.
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia estimates $11 billion is spent on Christmas presents, a figure backed by Roy Morgan research this year. This includes some 20 million unwanted gifts. At the same time, seasonal celebrations boost landfill rubbish by a massive 30%.
Here are six simple tips to maximise your enjoyment and minimise your waste this festive season:
According to finder.com.au, this year 22% are planning to implement a gift-giving limit and 10% plan to make a homemade gift. But what really matters is remembering how blessed we are to be enjoying the festive season in whatever way we can, and being with the people we care about most.
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