You might have only just got your head round the idea of the ‘rule of six’, but apparently now you should also be living by the ‘rule of four’ this Christmas.
Parents are swapping the opportunity to spoil their kids this Christmas, instead present picking using a ‘rule of four’, first suggested by one saving-savvy Mum.
The ‘four present rule’ dictates that every child receives one present they need, a second present they want, a third they can wear and lastly, a fourth that they can read.
The idea is that sticking to the rule will save you money, reduce stress levels and be better for your kids who will cherish fewer gifts.
After the tip was shared online by Kidspot, one mum commented: “I follow this every year and always end up saving a heap of money as well as the time spent wondering what to buy!”
“We’re going to do that this year. Trying to have a more minimalist Christmas with quality over quantity,” another parent added.
Popular parenting Facebook page, Quirky Momma, also recently posted about the idea, with over 200 fans sharing it online.
“I’m going with… something they wear, something to read and something to do. The Santa gift is something they want,” one follower shared.
While another wrote: “Now we do this in the Santa stocking instead and include want (lego), need (water bottle), wear (socks or pants), read (book or magazine) and an added bonus (kinder surprise egg).”
And some mums even employ the rule for birthdays, with one saying: “I did this for my daughter’s birthday last week.”
“It made shopping a whole lot easier.”
With 2020 having been anything other than straight forward, a bit of simplicity sounds like a good plan to us.