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Budgeting makes the holiday season difficult for students

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Tight budgets make it hard for students to partake in the holiday season. Photo: Bala Yogesh

Reported by Bala Yogesh

Christmas is around the corner, and people have started to buy gifts and presents to their dear ones, but for many budgeting students, money is a big factor in their gift buying.

Shops in Vancouver have started to light up for Christmas, with mall Santas being spotted at various locations in and around the city. Many stores have special discounts to grab potential customers, and the store representatives say that the season has started.

Shopping season starts later for students

“The season has started already, but only the parents are coming. Students are most likely to come in December before the holidays. It’s a bit early for the students,” said Sincere SW, store representative at Oakridge Centre’s, L’Occitane En Provence.

Francis de Boda, a student of UBC said that he is planning to buy gifts and presents to his family and girlfriend but not until exams are over.

“After finals, Mid-December that’s when I’m planning to buy the gifts. That’s when most students buy as well,” de Boda said.

Some students meanwhile say money is a big factor in buying gifts for friends and family.

“I have some money in a way from presents. I’m looking for a job right now, but I had a job previously, so I have some money left in savings,” de Boda said.

Some students cannot currently afford gifts

Pablo Lopez, a student at Vancouver Film School said that he will not be buying gifts this year.

“Maybe just writing a letter to family members and loved ones. I guess it’s[money] a factor. If I have

Marie-Mai Lachapelle, Langara Student
Marie-Mai Lachapelle Langara Student

money, I would spend it. But because I don’t have it, I don’t really buy things.”

Marie-Mai Lachapelle, a Langara student, said that Christmas is her favourite time of the year, and she is working hard to buy lots of gifts for her family.

“I still don’t know what I’m going to get and I’m starting to get panicked. I have a lot of gifts to buy, I have a big family. I’m working to buy those gifts,” Lachapelle said.

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