A money saving tip

In Mental Health by Elena Langtry

Although the festive period can be an exciting and joyful time of year, it can also be hectic, anxiety-inducing and lonely for some.

For twelve days during the festive season I’m offering my tips for coping at this time of year, from Lowering expectations to Nourishing your body.

I hope that my tips may bring comfort and reassurance to others. After all, we must take care of our mental health year-round.

Follow the hashtag #12DaysofTakingCare on Twitter for more.


The festive season puts pressure on the finances. A simple way to keep the bills down is to give edible presents. Not only are they well received by all generations but also it solves the what-to-eat dilemma. 

Don’t stress if you are last minute shopping. I try and avoid the busy streets and department stores. Finding gifts from small independent shops can be cheaper and often more unique. 


I find personal gifts are much better received than expensive gifts. Why not create a box of favourite confectionery for a loved one? It’s thoughtful but inexpensive. An elegant notebook and pen are well received by friends, family or colleagues of mine. Also, I can pick them up easily without spending a huge amount. Books are also a great present, and quite fun to choose. A trip to the bookshop can also be a relaxing outing, it’s quiet and you can take your time (if you have it!).   

I sometimes forget that if you are hosting a festive lunch or dinner, food can be a huge expense. Turkeys alone are pricey. Bargain hunt and don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring some food with them, pudding for example. In my eyes, there’s no need to break the bank at Christmas; it’s the thought that counts.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, tweet me @RachelKellyNet

“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”



“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”