Monday, June 24, 2024

December Do’s and Don’ts: Avoid the worry in Janu-worry

Spending over the Christmas holidays is almost inevitable.  There’s so much to do, so many places to be, so much going on and even more to prepare for families and friends. 

It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the spend trend; it’s important to take note of how to cope during the calendar’s busiest time of the year. 

Finances are spread thinly over many things like gifts to appreciate family members, hosting friends and relatives, bonding and catching up with one another over good food and drinks, taking trips to be with loved ones far and wide, taking time-out on much needed vacations to rest and recuperate from a year’s work, in preparation of returning to work and school revitalized and rejuvenated for the new-year. 

Before you go on holiday, before you invite friends and family over for festive feasts and treats, before you splurge on things you didn’t even know you needed or desired, for your comfort and for your sanity, make sure you take note of the following must dos. 

Basic needs like the roof over your head and the water in your taps are a no-brainer.  This goes for electricity too.  We rely on electricity for so much nowadays and this includes the security in our homes and work places.  Not preparing enough electricity to last throughout the festive period can expose you to dangers that will surely turn yours into a sour season. 

School fees are another unavoidable and imperative spend before you get trapped in the spend trend this festive.  It’s always best to get this out of the way along with uniforms and stationery as early as possible. 

You’ll be thankful you did.  There’s a saying by American motivational speaker and entrepreneur Jim Rohn that says, “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals. Nothing could be truer. One of the most important tools in effective schools is consistency. 

Research and practice have proven that school leaders, teachers and students must be consistent everyday to improve and sustain student performance and conduct. The consequences of inconsistency on an academic front are detrimental to the development of children.  Inconsistency causes confusion and hampers development.  Parents ought to help create a culture of consistency for learners to optimize performance.

Do not underestimate the importance of television over this time. The festive season is a time for families to gather together and enjoy each other’s company, for travels to places far and wide, for rest and recuperation.  Be able to enjoy everything you have enjoyed all year and not let the festive frenzy make you miss out. 

Christmas is a time for abundance and not inadequacy.  Of all the things you want to keep in touch with this festive, make sure one of them is pay channel television

Keep subscribed to the best in entertainment this holiday season, whether you’re home or away and enjoy the best of the season’s offerings from across the globe.

Be spoilt for choice and let your television service provider be a part of your family, in all that you do these holidays. With the DStv Now app you can stream all your favourite shows, movies and sports matches while out camping or on a long road trip to shorten your journey. 

Explore the plethora of movies on offer on Box Office.  Save money and enjoy what your favorite pay channel television has on offer, in the comfort of wherever you’ll be.

Don’t be that person that comes back from holiday to a dark, desolate house because you didn’t make sure you had left enough electricity in the meter for the time you’ll be away.  Or the person who’s phone bill is cut over this family and friend first season of the year; how on earth will you wish loved ones well and invite them over for festive feasts?

Don’t be that person who’s unprepared for the unexpected at this unpredictably eventful time of the year.  Or the person who’s January becomes a Jan-u-Worry over unpaid school fees or the person who overstays their welcome at people’s houses because you didn’t make sure your DStv was subscribed to over the holidays.

Have the basics covered this festive season.  Happy Holidays!


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