Stress can ruin your holidays, especially if it involves money. Holiday season should be the most wonderful time of the year. Here are a few tips to keep your holiday joyful and lessen your financial stress.
It’s so important to create a holiday budget. Creating a holiday budget is the best way to prevent overspending and lessen the stress through the holidays. Taking time to plan your gifts and organize holiday expenses instead of random and last-minute spending, will save money and lessen stress around over spending.
Cut spending in other areas. Eliminate spending on meals out, movie theater visits, and non-gift related shopping trips. You can also tighten up spending by lowering extra spending on things like morning coffee, lunch out, or even smoking.
Budget your time, budgeting your time can end up saving you tons of money. Allow enough time for all your holiday preparations.
Make peace with your limitations, you must prioritize. We will want to celebrate every holiday to the max and attend every party and send cards and gifts to everyone we know, we can’t. Acknowledging this prior to the holiday season and planning ahead as to what’s most important to you and be okay with letting go of some of the stuff at the bottom of the list.
Holidays are for food, fun and family. Remember that money can’t buy the memories of time spent and memories shared so enjoy each other. Happy Holidays!
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is touted as the biggest shopping day of the year and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. This can also be a stressful time, as gift giving can quickly “gobble” up your hard-earned money. Don’t fret – we’ve got some quick and easy tips to ensure that your many purchases don’t burn a hole in your wallet.
Before you hit the stores, be aware of where your finances currently stand. Only purchase items that you are confident you can afford.
Create a budget specifically for holiday shopping. Follow your budget as closely as possible, and track your spending. Need help? Contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at (907) 377-2178.
Ask for military discounts wherever you go. Even if stores do not advertise the discount, ask – you may be pleasantly surprised to hear the answer.
Shop around. Look at the circulars for sales and discounts. Recognize a good price when you see one.
Follow your gut instincts – if you think a potential gift is too much for you to spend, look for something else at a lower price.
Cyber Monday, anyone? Check for last minute deals and steals online on Monday, November 27.
Some of the best gifts come from the heart and cost nothing at all. Be creative!
Don’t forget to stop, relax, and enjoy the season with your family and friends. That’s really what it is all about.
Are you ready? We have been lucky with higher than normal temperatures this month but the snow and cold is sure to come eventually! Do you have a winter survival kit for your car? Here are some ideas to include:
- Flashlight and batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Warm blankets
- Hand/Foot Warmers
- Snow shovel
- Sand/salt for traction in ice/snow
- Multipurpose Utility tool
- Jumper cables
- Reflective warning triangles
Daylight savings is ending 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 5, clocks to roll back 1 hour
As we move into winter heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning system (HVAC) filters should be changed out in conjunction with the changing weather.
HVACs circulate indoor air, and filters keep things like dust and debris from entering the system. Keeping an HVAC clean increases the longevity of the system and keeps efficiency high. Corvias Military Living recommends changing filters every 30 days.
This is the worst time of year for those who suffer from ragweed allergies. Ragweed pollen and other allergens, dust mites and pet dander are trapped by HVAC filters. Environmental factors that cause air filters to get dirty include:
- Number of occupants
- Airborne allergens
- Overall air quality
Replacement filters are available by request and free at Self- Help. Contact the office at 907-302-2170 for further details.
Just because your spouse is deployed or TDY that doesn’t mean you have to shovel the snow from your walks and driveway. Corvias Military Living has created a program to alleviate some of the stress related to deployment. Families of deployed Airmen can get free snow removal for their on-base home. Mainscape team members will plow when the snowfall in family housing is deeper than two inches. These team members will plow the neighborhood roads first and return to complete the homes later. Please ensure that your vehicle is not in the driveway when the plowing begins. To participate in the program, just bring a copy of the military orders to the Corvias Community Office in Amber Hall, Suite 215 and we’ll take care of the rest.
Not only will Corvias Military Living help out military spouses with shoveling snow, we also do honey-do projects around the house. Military spouses of Airmen who are deployed or on long-term TDY (six months or longer) can qualify for the Corvias Honey Do Program. One of our maintenance team members can be assigned to hang pictures, paint or complete other fix-it jobs around your home. This is our way to thank you for your continued military service. Just provide us with a copy of your military orders and we’ll get to work.
How can you save energy when cooking your Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t open the oven door while you’re cooking! Instead, turn on the oven light and check on your food through the oven window.
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You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
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Now – November 21st – Annual Survey! Submit yours to be entered in one of our great drawings!
November 5th – Daylight Savings Time! Turn clocks back 1 hour!
November 10th – Veterans Day – Office Closed
November 24th – November 25th – Thanksgiving Break – Office Closed