Friday, 28 December 2012

Opinions Of A Housewife - Seasonal Spending

For those of you who don't follow me on twitter, I've recently been working my butt off as a Christmas temp at a large chain supermarket/grocery store.
And goodness has it opened my eyes!

All too often I hear people slandering our current government and cursing the economic state that our country is in, 'I'm skint' 'We have no money.' ...
Well how on earth can you justify spending over a week and a half's wages solely on alcohol?! Or how about wasting £300+ on party food and 'nibbles' that are blatantly going to go to waste when you only have to feed a family of 4. Buying enough sweets, chocolate and candy to last the average child a year can't make sense. Nah, something isn't right.

This time of year turns everyone into crazy people, who bulk buy and stock their fridges and freezers to capacity even though they'll back to the shops by boxing day.
I really don't understand the hype over one day.

When making everyday small talk with one lady I was appalled to hear that for Christmas her FOUR year old child was not only receiving a Nintendo 3Ds, but a Wii AND an iPad 3....! So people are so bad off they struggle to pay rent and the everyday necessities but can easily afford to give a baby extreme gifts. I'm pretty sure the vast majority of these spoiled little brats don't appreciate what they have and grow up with no idea about what the world is actually like, where there are children in this country don't even have a roof over their head let alone toys.

I'm not ashamed to say that we spent less that £70 on our whole Christmas. That included food and treats for our rabbits and puppy. We had a normal dinner, no overindulgence or waste and no pointless presents to each other.
It made me mad to go online and see people posting photos of mountains of presents and making statements like 'Hope Santa was good to you.' and 'I've been so spoiled ' as it seems no one has any idea of the real spirit of the holiday.

Everyone knows the origin of the day - the birth of Christ. And for those who are religious I hope they remember that. For those who aren't it should be a day to celebrate your family and appreciate all you have in life be it alot or a little. It's a shame the world has become so superficial and commercialized.


  1. Amen! The thing I hate worst is when a young parent writes on Facebook about their struggles trying to raise their children and buy them needs and wants...and then posts a picture of their brand new tattoo or talks about their crazy fun night out last night. Prioritize people!

  2. I totally agree with you. We had a lot underneath our tree and on the sofa, both from us and all members of our family. Our daughter was spoilt by everyone but there is a limit and we can afford it. Whereas you see people are spending to much on children of an age that are to young to appreciate or even understand what they have. Like said above it gives young parents, me being one, a bad name when they constantly moan about money troubles then drastically over spend on Christmas/Birthdays. We are lucky enough to be in a god place financially. But i spent no more on our Christmas Dinner than i would any other meal. xx