Opened up my Sunday LA Times, and guess what popped up as a headline topic in the Business section. Your Money Holiday Shopping Guide, the newspaper’s guide to spending money during the holiday season. It starts off by telling us about a woman who teaches her children to make cookies by having them help decorate store bought ones while telling them “Isn’t it fun making cookies?” She promises that after just a few tellings, they’ll actually believe that’s how you make cookies.
The thing is the article promises that its tips will help “reduce stress, save money, and rethink the status quo”. And though lying to your kids tops the list as a teaser, the rest of the listing gets pretty interesting. Under the heading of Saving Money the suggestion is to limit your self to what you net after taxes in three working days. The idea being that you should be able to recoup that amount by the end of January. I like the suggestion to incorporate frugality into the buying process. Buy early, buy by shopping for the best price for the best quality, and stop before you reach your limit.
The article goes on with advice about keeping in the spirit of the season, finding the best way to ship, and then under saving time, it suggests (honestly) to regift someone with a present you received but never opened. And then just when you think it couldn’t get any better it tells you to Skip the Mall and head to Maui. After all, whats better at Christmas than thinking about your self.
Ah well, at least there is some redemption in the final section, there they list a host of possible charities that may be the best way to spend your holiday spirit.