Broke and Miserable For the Holidays

Two things that no one wants to be this holiday season: broke and miserable. It can feel like everything is just collapsing upon you, like you can’t even breathe. Sure, you might think about going to that holiday party, but then you’re going to feel out of place because you don’t have any money to bring a food tray. Or you might want to hit that concert with your friends…until you realize that you just don’t have much after paying the bills and paying for food.

This is a story that affects us all, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be miserable. If you don’t have a lot of money for the holiday season, there are a few things that you can do right now to make it better.

First and foremost, you need to make sure that you’re not just going through the motions to make other people happy. If people ask you, sit down and tell them that you are trying to save money for other things, and this holiday season needs to be as low key for you as possible. Some will tell you that you’re missing the holiday spirit, but you’ll know better. You’ll be in a position where other people’s hang-ups really aren’t your problem. You’ll be able to move on without fear, doubt, or worry, which is the best feeling ever.

As long as you’re thinking about the bigger picture, how can you fail? Sure, some people won’t understand you, and that’s part of the process too. You can’t worry about what they’re going to be able to handle. Ask yourself this: are they paying your bills? Are they trying to do anything and everything to make you a happier person? Probably not. This is where you have to get tough and look at your real options, not just what you think should be there. Sometimes it hurts to realize that we don’t have nearly as much money as we would like, but that’s part of life. Some people will have money, others will not. This is a process that’s constantly evolving too. It’s possible to gain a fortune…but it’s equally possible to lose it. How you approach money actually said as lot about you. Do you have to have to be out there spending money in order to feel complete? If so, you might want to change a few things about your life.

There are small things that you can do — most communities will have free events. It doesn’t cost you a thing to get into the holiday spirit. Also, consider volunteering. You get to help people that are far less fortunate than you can imagine, while feeling good at the same time. Volunteers often get small gifts and tokens of appreciation, so don’t discount that. If you volunteer for an event, you will probably get the leftovers after the party is all said and done. It just depends on the event that you sign up for.

Get into the holiday spirit with your heart, not your wallet. You’ll end up far richer than you could ever dream of being!