I’m sure that somewhere, either in the back of your mind or up front and center, you’re already thinking about the holidays. Did you know that there are only 80 days until Black Friday?
As with nearly anything, planning alone can save some money, but when you team planning with the knowledge learned in a Christmas Shopping Workshop, you can save a fortune! Because not everyone is able to take a workshop, I’ll be running a series of posts that will help you get started. Please stay tuned throughout the fall for more posts geared at your holiday shopping!
Making a List
One of the simplest and most beneficial methods of planning is list making. Making the list is the easy part, but keeping it updated and with you at all times might prove to be a bit more difficult. I like to keep a handwritten copy in my planner- which goes everywhere with me. You could also keep a small notebook or a paper in your wallet.
I start my list by writing down every person that I need to buy for. It’s sometimes hard to do that if you start shopping early. In my husband’s family, we sometimes buy for his siblings, but other years we only buy for the kids. We leave this up to his siblings to decide. I go ahead and add them to my list- just in case I find a great deal on something.
My extended family used to draw names- but they never wanted to mess with it until Thanksgiving Dinner (which was held the Sunday after Thanksgiving). That is not enough time for me, as I’m usually done by Thanksgiving. If your family draws names late in the year, try pressuring them to draw earlier, or even at Christmas for the next year. This will give you plenty of time to plan.
Write a full list, one that includes family, friends, teachers, bus drivers, mailman, etc. You don’t want to be caught with unexpected expenses later!
Stay tuned for the next post… Setting the ‘Ol Budget