While there’s no place like home for the holidays, one festive pastime worth avoiding at all costs.
Literally, is any temptation to overspend on your gifts, travels or parties.
There is plenty of pressure to live it up and give great gifts, travel to all friends and family and be the life of the holiday party.
But no spending is worth the cost of post-holiday debt or financial woes in the aftermath.
It doesn’t take a lot of money to make the holidays enjoyable — just a lot of creativity and fu
1. Set a budget
Budgeting allows you to create a spending plan for your money, it ensures that you will always have enough money for the things you need and the things that are important to you.
Most people don’t like the “budget” word — but if you decide how much you can spend, you are more likely to spend less.
2. Make a list
Creating a list can make everything more manageable and will keep you organized and focused.
Make a list of people they want to remember during the holidays and use the list to help plan how to spend.
Making a list of people and what you want to give them will keep you from buying more than you need.
Instead of deciding on the gift first, decide on the dollar amount you want to spend, then find a gift that fits the bill.
3. Set a limit
Many friends and families enjoy white elephant or secret Santa gift-giving.
Set a limit on how much you will spend — as little as the dollars you works. Have a gift exchange and enjoy the fun.
4. Start shopping early
The earlier you start shopping for the holidays, the easier it will be to resist overspending.
And starting early allows you time to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, instead of having to shop at the last minute.
5. Take advantage of special sale days
There are a few days during the holiday shopping season when deals abound
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season
It pays to take advantage of the deals and stash them away for gifts you know you’re going to need to buy later on
6. Use apps that can save you money
Take advantage of technology this holiday shopping season and use one of the many budgeting and money-saving apps.
Keep tabs on your spending by using a budgeting app
7. Avoid credit cards.
You end up paying a lot more for your gifts if you charge them. Interest can pile up quickly.
Only charge what you can pay off within 30 days to avoid extra expenses
8. Shop With Cash
A good way to limit your holiday spending is to shop with only enough cash to buy items on your list.
Shopping with cash will not only help you avoid impulse purchases, but it can also stop the trend of buying gifts for yourself.
The other side of Linturi
The politician was elected to the Senate in 2017 after serving as Igembe South lawmaker for more than two decades.
1. Arrested over ‘Madoadoa’ remarks at Eldoret rally
The lawmaker was arrested over controversial remarks he allegedly made during a rally in Eldoret on January 8. His arrest follows a directive by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji to the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to initiate an investigation into the remarks. The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) waded into the debate, indicating that the utterances attributed to Linturi could not only bring hate but also likely to affect harmonious coexistence between Kenyan communities.
2. Arrested over Sh530 million bank forgery claim
Linturi was on March 2021 arrested over claims he’d used forged signatures to secure an Sh530 million bank loan with properties of his estranged wife as collateral. In a petition filed before the High Court, Marianne Kitany, the estranged wife of the Meru Senator, accused him of forging signatures to secure the multimillion-shilling loan from Family Bank. The DPP recommended his arrest and prosecution for criminal offenses linked to the loans, overdrafts, and other credit facilities from the lender.
3. Child support claims
In April 2013, a woman accused police of not arresting the Meru Senator after he defaulted on Sh50,000 monthly maintenance as per a court order. The woman claimed police were hesitant to arrest the lawmaker despite instructions from the court. The woman, a dentist, had moved to court in August 2012 after the MP allegedly abandoned her and their three-year-old son. She claimed he evicted her and the child from their house in Kilimani. The woman claimed that she was married to the lawmaker in May 2008 under Meru customary law and the couple was blessed with a son two years later.
4. Charged with attempted rape
Linturi was on September 2021 charged at the Milimani Law courts with attempted rape.
As per the court papers, he was accused of attempting to rape a 36-year-old woman, an incident which said to have taken place in January 2021, at Maiyan Villas Hotel in Nanyuki. Linturi was later released on a Ksh 200,000 cash bail or an alternative of Ksh 500,000 bond by the Nairobi-based court after his lawyer pleaded he be released on reasonable cash bail.
5. Bitter divorce
In 2019, Linturi again treated the public to drama in the courts after her relationship with one Maryanne Kaitany ended in controversy. Kaitany accused him of infidelity and fraud while he denied ever marrying her, claiming he’d invited her to his house as a visitor and she had overstayed her visit.
Best places to shop Shoes online in Kenya
Shop at the best online shoe stores to save money on a huge range of shoes – from boots to sneakers to kids shoes and everything in between.
When selecting the best online shoe stores we considered not only the stores themselves, but the way people shop for shoes in 2021.
You have to be able to shop with confidence, knowing that when you buy you can always return footwear at little or no cost, if it isn’t for you.
The following are our top 5 Kicks e-stores in Kenya:
Kicks Kenya is one of the top picks for online shoe stores because it provides an excellent all round service, while offering a good range of shoes at competitive prices.
The website itself is easy to navigate, has excellent product photography, and offers loads of useful information on each product page.
If you’re looking for the best prices and opportunities to save more, Malooku is one of the best options.
Malooku also boosts for it’s first delivery of less than 24hrs anywhere in Kenya and ability to track your order.
We love that the picture of the shoes has pride of place, and there are so many images for each pair, showing you almost all the angles you could possibly want to see.
Malooku Kenya also makes a feature of its user reviews, and underneath each product you get statistics from customers detailing information on the shoe.
Jumia is a good online shopping site to shop almost anything from. It saves you time, energy and I can say sometimes money.
Unlike the above mentioned stores ,Jumia Kenya boosts of its wide category of product list.Ranging from kicks to accessories ,outfits to household utilities Jumia is among the leading e-commerce stores in Kenya.
The only disadvantage on Jumia according to client reviews on TrustPiliot the customer care services are poor due to overscaling.
One of the best online shops in Kenya with good deals at the most affordable prices. They offer flash sale deals which are cheap and great for ordinary people.
They deliver locally within 5 days and International orders within 15 days and 25 days.
They also accept returns on disputed products.
AliExpress has a consumer rating of 3.13 stars from 6,891 reviews indicating that most customers are generally satisfied with their purchases.
Consumers satisfied with AliExpress most frequently mention good quality, fast delivery and free shipping.
List of hit songs of 2021
1.EX’ by Nikita Kering
Songbird Nikita Kering gave us vocals upon vocals with the song off her album dubbed ‘A side of me’
The year has also been good to the 19-year-old as in November, Nikita bagged two awards in the All African Music Awards (AFRIMA)
Kering won the Best Artiste Rnb and Soul category as well as the Best Female Artiste Africa category.
2.‘Ndovu in Kuu’ by Krispah x Khaligraph Jones, Boutross
The song by upcoming singer Krispah makes it to the list thanks to all the drama around the hit track.
From the alleged ‘profiling’ bars to copyright breach, ‘Ndovu ni Kuu’ made it to the list of the top songs in 2021 with over 8.4 million views so far.
3.‘Siskii’ by Mejja
Genge legend Mejja has blessed his fans with hits back to back but unfortunately most of his songs have been flagged on copyright allegations with Youtube deleting them.
That notwithstanding, ‘Siskii’ song released in February was one of the well received songs with fans vibing to the easy-breezy lyrics.
4.‘Pete Yangu’– Bahati ft Nadia Mukami
The song with over 5.2million views is Bahati’s hit song off his album ‘Love like this’ released in June 2021.
5.‘Pombe/Above The Head’– Iyanii
The song gained momentum after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the curfew on October 20, during the Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kirinyaga county.
Kenyans celebrated the freedom to party and be ‘outside’ in wee hours with this song right here.
6.‘Back it up’– Nameless and Wahu
Tiktok’s best challenge this year goes to this compilation by love birds Nameless and Wahu.
7.‘Only One'(Dawa ya Baridi) – Mr Seed ft Masauti
The hit song by Gospel singer Mr. Seed was one of the biggest hits after its release in mid-September off his album dubbed ‘Black Child’
It took off with Tiktok challenges and managed to amass over 4.7 million views on Youtube
8.‘Sipangwingwi’– Exray Taniua ft Trio Mio & Ssaru
The younglings gave us the ‘ultimate come back’ for the bad vibes and negative energy in our lives moving forward.
From politicians to influencers, the line is spreading like wildfire and its only prudent to mention.
9.‘Such Kinda Love’– Otile Brown X Jovial
We all loved when Otile Brown reunited with his former signee Jovial for their hit song ‘Such kinda love’
It was so good that the song still hit over 13.5 million views on YouTube.
10.‘Hapo Tu’– Nyashinski ft Chris Kaiga
For the last song on the list, the beautiful compilation of Nyashinski and Chris Kaiga released in the last days of 2020 basically hit the airwaves in 2021.
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