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Don't feel pressured in to spending at Christmas and a giveaway

According to a recent survey by Whyte & Mackay  46.2% of people confess to feeling pressured into spending £100-£200 more than they can afford.    I have to admit that this really shocked me, but them with the rising cost of things and also the unrealistic expectations of people it is often very hard to keep a lid on spending.

Other irritations were:
·         Christmas dinner preparations (25%). The most common complaint is when mum-in-laws unfavourably compare the way dinner is served to the ‘proper way’ (i.e. her way).·         Cruel present choices (24%). The majority felt that parent-in-laws purposefully bought presents for them that they wouldn’t like, from terrible Christmas jumpers to regifting items already in their cupboards.·         Fighting over board games (15%). The most frenetic choice is the team game of charades with 34% of those who have fought with their parent-in-laws coming to blows. Monopoly is the board game that seems to cause the least amount of stress (2%).·         Arguments over TV (15%). Oddly, the Queen’s Speech is the source of most squabbles (25%), closely followed by soaps (23%)·         Where Christmas is held (8%). Determining who will be travelling to whom during the festive period is a hot topic with 76% of those for which it’s an issue believing that their parent-in-laws exert pressure on their children to enjoy Christmas with them in their old family home.
 SO Whyte & Mackay have teamed up with TV psychologist, Geoff Beattie to introduce a guide on dealing with these and other christmas challenges complete with interactive sessions on the whisky’s Facebook and Twitter pages (@whyteandmackay).

To celebrate the launch of their "Spirit Guide" Whyte & Mackay are teaming up with A Thrifty Mum to give one of my readers a bottle of their whisky.

In order to be in with a chance, please follow the rafflecopter instructions below:

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  1. I cut back at Christmas by making home made gifts for my friends and some family members. Ive made toffee, fudge and crocheted bunting :-)

  2. I've bought things throughout the year when they've been on offer and I get cards & wrapping paper in the sales to use the next year. I also try to give people cards by hand where possible as stamps as so expensive now!

  3. This year I have tried to reduce spending by making as many gifts as I can, I love sewing so I have made lots of bags and teddy bears as stocking fillers :)

  4. I am doing my food shopping online so I cannot impulse buy round the supermarket :)

  5. I have been re-gifting a little! I have a cupboard with quite a few untouched gifts that I have decided to find new homes for.

  6. I have paid for a lot of gifts with Clubcard, Nectar and Boots points. I couldn't believe how much I saved...

  7. We have a low key Christmas, all our decs are homemade, all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, many of them are hand made. I do the cooking and every guest has the choice of enjoying their meal or leaving.

  8. The kids have just got one really nice big present and not lot's of stocking fillers which they only look at for a minute.

  9. i will be shopping at asda, rather than tesco this year!! also we are having a fake tree we bought in the sales rather than the normal real one.

  10. I have saved money by buying all my kids gifts secondhand or getting them for free on freecycle! I have wrapped them up in old clothes and tied them up with ribbons which can be used again and again! I have hardly spent any money on them and have got them lots of great gifts!

  11. We'll be making each other small presents this year.


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