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Plan to Save and Remember

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Chrystal Hedges

I know it is only September and Halloween is just around the corner, but this is a great time to begin to save up and shop for the holidays. I am a family of six with four children ages 4, 4, 3 and almost 2. So the holiday season and festivities can be a little overwhelming and sometimes daunting. If you throw in the fact the majority of my family’s birthdays are in the last three months of the year, it can really push anyone over the edge. But what I have realized are two things:

  1. Begin to plan, save up and shop as early as you can before the holidays get here. It is much easier for our emotional and financial well-being when we are able to do this. I have space in my closet for each child where I put their gifts as I purchase them throughout the year. When you do this you can really capitalize on the sales at Memorial Day, Fourth of July, tax-free weekend, Labor Day, etc., that lead up to the holiday season.
  2. Remember what the holidays mean to you and what is important. Sometimes we get caught up in the whirlwind of the season; we end up spending too much, eating too much, and feeling like we have to be in a million places to not disappoint. All these things can cause stress on many different levels and you forget what is truly important about the season.

So, this year I am challenging myself and my family to only buy four gifts for each person: something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. This is a great plan for me to preserve my sanity and help keep me on track of what the season means to me and my family. If you are wondering…….it isn’t gifts!

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Chrystal Hedges

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Chrystal Hedges received her Bachelor's of Science degree from St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma and received her Master's of Public Health in Health Promotion Sciences from OU Health Sciences Center. She has ten and a half years of experience working in the public health arena promoting and advocating for health and well-being in various capacities. Her current role as a well-being program coordinator is to provide state employees and their families with information and opportunities to learn, grow and enrich their lives for the better. Her passion and advocacy for health and well-being has led her to one of the most important roles in her life, serving as a foster and adoptive parent. Ms. Hedges has been a foster parent for 5 years and currently has two foster children and two adoptive children.