We all know that the Christmas season is upon us. Right about now, you've probably been bashed over the head a few times with that statement.
You've probably also seen mentioned, somewhere, maybe on the internet, about the exorbitant costs of Christmas. But I'm here to talk to you about the sneaky little costs that you don't even remember spending your money on.
1.First off, we have wrapping paper. It costs so much money just for some coloured, shiny paper and we only do it because Christmas movies have convinced us that it makes the presents look better under the tree.
2.Plus, the wrapping paper decorations: Bows and ribbon and fancy boxes.
3.Decorating your house, especially when it's your first year in a new place or with a new partner, is a black hole of money spending.
4.Secret Santa parties for all your friendship groups.
5.Extra baggage costs (from when your family buys you too many useless gifts and you have to lug them back home).
6.Plus, posting Christmas presents overseas is a whole new ball game which you cannot afford tickets to.
7.Random family events that no one tells you about until you get home.
8.Tourist tax that is a very real thing when you're from a small town.
9.It's not just Christmas season. It's "catch-up with everyone you know and spend money season".
10.Plus, with all of those catch-ups, travel cost is going to bite you in the butt.
11.Children are multiplying and suddenly they're demonic in their want of Peppa Pig toys.
12.Booze is always more expensive than you think it will be, mostly because you underestimate exactly how much you'll be drinking.
13.And if you're going to Christmas at your aunt's place, you bet that Barb has asked you to bring a plate.
14.The Boxing Day Races is an event that you tell yourself you won't attend each year. But you do. And you didn't budget for it.
15.And then finally, you've got New Year's which crops up just when you think your spending is done for the year.
Obviously, the superior solution is to turn into the Grinch and then flash your cash come January.