How do I tell my children I’m struggling to pay for Christmas?
Your children may have expressed a wish for a specific gift that you know you’ll struggle to pay for. Consider talking to any loved ones that would usually buy your child a Christmas present and ask if they’d like to ‘pitch in’.
Explain to them that your child really wants a specific gift. Ask if they’d contribute cash to this gift instead of getting several, smaller gifts your child may not want as much. This helps you cover the cost of the gift, and also means less hassle for your loved ones and their own Christmas shopping.
It’s important to remember that Christmas isn’t just about getting presents. It’s also about laughter, fun and happy memories. You can have a wonderful Christmas with your family by:
- Playing games for free such as board games, treasure hunts and charades
- Watching Christmas films together
- Going to free festive events in your local area
- Having webchats with friends, family and loved ones
- Having a festive arts and crafts session
Your older children (teenagers and young adults) are more likely to understand how Christmas can be a financial struggle. See if they can help you reassure your younger children that while there’s a limit on extravagant Christmas gifts, there’ll still be lots of fun and celebration.
Can I get a DMP or TPP payment break before Christmas?
You won’t be able to get a payment break in order to put more money towards Christmas. Creditors typically don’t accept Christmas and its related expenses as a reason for you to pause or reduce payments toward your plan.
Usually, we can only grant a payment break in situations such as:
- An unexpected expense, such as a boiler breakdown or car repairs
- A sudden change of circumstances, such as illness or the death of a loved one
- Reduced income due to unemployment, redundancy or loss of benefits
There’s an allocated amount in your budget for ‘sundries and emergencies’. This is the money that can be set aside to cover expenses such as birthdays and Christmas. In order to keep things on track during Christmas, we’d recommend looking at all of the practical things you can do to save money or make extra money before the festive season.
Can I take out a loan to pay for Christmas?
Please don’t take out extra credit such as a loan to pay for Christmas. Doing this will require us to review your plan, as it was put in place to pay off the debts you have already.
I’m struggling to pay my plan after Christmas – what can I do?
If you’re struggling to make payments on your plan – or your living costs – once the festive season is over, please get in touch with us. We’ll do our very best to help you keep everything on track.
In the meantime, if you're struggling to cover your living costs, you may be able to get emergency support or funding.