We all know how incredibly stressful the Holiday’s can be, amma right?! With trying to balance out gift buying, family time, meal planning, and if you aren’t as lucky as some, still having to work a full time job, it can be overwhelming for sure.
It has taken me years to try and perfect my holiday schedule, and I am not even there yet. But, I gotta say, I have gotten a lot better, and my holidays are spent doing better things other then stressing.
So I am here to share with you how I get through my Holiday season stress free, and so can you with a little planning.
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Advice strategy 1. Start as early as possible
When I mean start early, I mean like right after Christmas ends, you start for next Christmas. You’re like what?! But, seriously, this is the best time to shop for gifts for next year!
Retail stores put everything that pertains to Christmas up for at least 50% off right after Christmas is over. And, a week later, if there is anything left, you get that for 75%-90% off! I am not kidding.
This is the time I buy wrapping paper, bows, tags, or any of my other items that I am running low on…or if I want it. 🙂
I get my Daughter a piece of Christmas jewelry every year, kind of a tradition we have, so I always find a cute piece when I am out doing my “after” Christmas shopping.
If you are just not a “get out of the house right after Christmas” kind of person, no big deal. Just start as early as possible to try and get as much of your shopping out the way. Start brainstorming what you will do for family, kids, spouse and get a plan together no later than September-October!
Advice Strategy 2. Make sure to make a budget
This is MUST! You absolutely need to make a budget, otherwise you are just going to put yourself in a bind and stress even more.
It is fact that if you do not have a budget to stick to, you are most likely to overspend.
Start setting aside a Christmas fund immediately after the Holiday’s for the next Holiday season. I really like to save all my spare change for this exact reason. By the end of the year, I have a decent amount of cash to spend on Holiday’s.
Once you start getting closer to the season, set a budget. Once you have a budget amount set, you need to stick to it. Your spouse needs to stick to it as well, otherwise it will not work.
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Advice Strategy 3. Keep track of everything you’ve bought
Okay, so this I still have slight problem with. I buy gifts after Christmas, come home, and then stash them away never to be seen again, well until I remember a year or two down the line, or find them out of the blue.
So, I have started to write down or keep track of everything I buy and who I buy it for.
Not only will this help you keep track of who you have and haven’t got gifts for, but it will also help you keep track of your money and keep you on budget.
I can’t tell you how many times I have found things after the fact and been extremely frustrated about it. Or, I know that I bought a gift, but can’t remember where I put it. I think we all can relate to that!
So to avoid stress, I have just start to keep track. Eliminates so much stress on me!!
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