Public holidays are cool, but what do they really cost you?

We all love a public holiday – time with family and friends, sleeping in, doing a whole bunch of wonderful nothing…

But as amazing as they are, public holidays can cost you time and money. Crazy, right?!
Lucky for you, we’ve got some fixes to help you skip the post-holiday slump.

Avoid the spending trap

Think about your day at work. You’re at your desk, deadlines are keeping you on your toes and out of your pockets (unless you’re online shopping, of course.) When it comes to public holidays, you suddenly have time to spare and need things to do. So, your banana-on-the-go breakfast becomes a lovely long brunch out. Your quick grocery shop becomes a shopping spree.

Our fix: Budget. Yes, we said the B-word. Deal with it ;) Work out how much you’re willing to spend and stick to it. Yes, it may be tough, you might get tempted, but you’ll thank yourself, and us, later.

Make a long weekend of it

What public holidays are the best? Any one that’s on a Friday or Monday. Why? Because you can head out of town for a bit of a breather. But before you pack your bags for a last-minute mission, check the price tag. A badly planned road trip can easily trip up your cash flow.

Our fix: It may feel like a hassle. Your friends will laugh. But booking your getaways at the beginning of the year will help you get the best bang for your buck… and then you’ll be the ones laughing.

Don’t let time run away from you

Just because it’s a public holiday, it doesn’t mean your work will magically get done for you. And nothing ruins a holiday like having to work or stressing about work.

Our fix: Leading up to a public holiday, manage your time and your workload so there’s no desperate dash to get things done. Yep, you may have to put in a little more effort, but if it means your time off is totally stress-free, it’s a no-brainer.