Enjoy holiday fun without debt

IPSWICH people on a budget are being encouraged to stick to it this holiday season by enjoying low-cost or free activities with families and friends.

Lifeline Community Care financial counsellor Mark Bates said there was social pressure to spend money when friends and family got together, but there was certainly not a need for it.

“There are so many things you can do with your kids or with your friends that doesn’t involve spending money,” Mr Bates said.

“With the additional costs of Christmas, many people simply can’t afford to go out to dinner or out to the movies.

“However, instead of missing out, some people will pop it on their credit card and worry about it later.

“If Christmas presents were also purchased on credit, holiday expenses may push some into financial hardship – especially when school and other New Year expenses start to manifest.”

Cheap holiday activities include going on a picnic, riding or walking to your local park to meet friends, cooking with friends, visiting a library, swimming at local council pools, board games or making an indoor cubby house.



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