Parenting

  Women and gender diverse people experience chronic illness and mental health issues different from men. These differences are linked to: Gender bias experienced from childhoods, through education and in workplaces Sexism Gender based violence, both in the personal (domestic and intimate partner violence) and public...

There can be a lot or pressure during the Christmas period to spend, spend, spend. For those struggling financially, this can cause a lot of stress and worry. A  fun filled Christmas does not necessarily need to be an expensive one. These tips from Vida will  help you reduce financial stress, without making your Christmas any less special. 1. Make a Realistic Budget in Advance and Stick to it: This will need to cover presents, groceries, decorations, Christmas tree, get-aways, etc. 2. Reduce the Cost of  Buying Presents:  Decide a present price limit with your family and ask everyone  to stick to it. Buy presents for children only Organise Kris Kringle, where everyone only buys a present for one adult and one child in the group. Offer to give your time: e.g. babysit, bake a birthday cake, walk the dog, pick off/drop off children to school. You could make and give vouchers so they have something to open. Put hampers together with home cooked treats made by you. This is often a much appreciated gift.  This could include short bread, almond meringues, chocolate truffles, and ginger bread. Plan presents to buy: this will save time and minimises the chances of impulse buying (and spending more). Check out the post Christmas sales, as these can be a great place to buy presents for next year. 3. Reduce the cost of Hosting...