The holiday season is comprised of many things, yet the star on top of the tree is tradition. I mean this figuratively and literally, by the way, as my favourite tree topper is one that has been on every Christmas tree since my childhood. Tradition carries through to my cooking and baking as well, since my go-to stuffing recipe is one from my Mother’s recipe box, and many of my shortbread and sugar cookie recipes are hers as well. While I do try new treats each year, the majority of my holiday baking is focused on tried and true favourites.
While we embrace and hold onto cozy constants year after year, some do change whether it’s intentional or not. For instance, I was all set to make Eggnog Cookies a couple of weeks ago, and pulled out my beloved mixer that’s helped in countless delicious creations through the years – as it too was my Mother’s. I was disappointed to discover that my trusty mixer was no more, and needed replacing.
Ahhh, expected and unexpected holiday expenses. Those too are constants.
It only goes to show how chaotic this season can be. The everyday hustle of life is even more so thanks to added to-dos and to-buys. Not only do we have our usual schedule, duties and expenses – piled on is the grouping of ‘all-things-Christmas’ such as additional shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking and baking.
And paying. Oy, the stress.
It’s important not to let the financial costs of the holidays dampen your festive spirit. The trick? I have money in waiting for expenses like these. I’m sure you do too!
We tend to think of our money solely as the number in the front and center accounts. Yet if you have an RBC Rewards card, there is help waiting in the wings, to save the day when it comes to items such as kitchen merchandise for the holidays. We have many expenses this time of year, including the things we need to help us make it the best holiday ever – including a Kitchenaid mixer for all the baking right down to mashing the potatoes.
I’ve been a member of RBC Rewards for decades now, and I love that the points can be redeemed not only for travel – but also for gift cards or merchandise from more than 200 top retailers including Best Buy and Apple.
Using my rewards for purchases such as kitchen items for my own home, ensures that budget isn’t taken out of the other needed expenses this time of year. So essentially, RBC Rewards helps me save money and, since you can do it all online, it takes the stress out of holiday shopping too.
If you browse the RBC Rewards website, you’ll see top brands like Cuisinart, Nordic Wear, Emile Henry, Le Creuset and more. There’s even great KitchenAid hand mixers, a key tool in holiday baking.
Plus you have the option of redeeming points for gift cards to be used in-store or online. There’s all sorts of categories to choose from such as grocery – to help offset the costs for all that holiday baking, for instance!
RBC Rewards points are so versatile that you can redeem for products and gift cards – then you have both the tools and ingredients to make it the best Christmas ever. Don’t forget to take advantage of special offers to earn bonus points too – it’s an easy way to do your needed shopping and earn points to use later.
This holiday season, your RBC Rewards offers so much when it comes to holiday help – for you and for others too! To make this holiday season a little brighter for sick children and their families, RBC Rewards donated thousands of dollars worth of appliances, mattresses, clothing, towels, toys, sheets and more to Ronald MacDonald House Charities across the country.
On one special afternoon earlier this season at the Ronald MacDonald House in Toronto, RBC rounded up a beloved group of Nonnas, Nanas and Grandmas to bake their favourite holiday cookies. But first, RBC upgraded the kitchen with appliances and bakeware from the RBC Rewards catalogue, and stocked the pantry using gift cards from Longos and Whole Foods. After the grandmas created a mountain of sugar cookies and ginger snaps, they handed them out to the families staying at Ronald MacDonald House.
Check out this heartwarming video and feel that warm festive holiday feeling that combines reward assistance, tradition, baking and giving – all wrapped in one perfect present. It’s what this season is all about!
What would you use your RBC Rewards for this holiday season?
This post is sponsored by RBC. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.