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Organize Your Christmas Shopping
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Grab a notebook. Grab a pen. Grab your phone. It is time to get serious about your Christmas shopping by making your list (and checking it twice). The goal is to Organize Your Christmas Shopping.
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Make a list of the people you will be buying for this year. For me, that is my husband, daughter, 2 grandchildren, my mom, my FIL, and two neighbors. My girlfriends and I play secret Santa and we draw names. That saves money…WhooHoo! Leave space between each person’s name. Once your list is complete double back and write down gift ideas and a rough dollar amount you are willing to spend on each person.
You will need to shore up your budget before you actually go shopping. I find that if you have a set budget it is easier to watch your spending.
An example of how to write your list follows:
1. Aunt Fran – Collects lighthouses, loves golf – $30.00
2. Beth – Candles, bath, and body products – $20.00…
3. Joe – Something for his new truck, loves fishing – $50.00
Bring your notebook or your list on your phone shopping with you. It will help you to stay focused on who you need to shop for, a general idea of what you are looking for, and your price range. Making a detailed list like this will prove invaluable in keeping you organized and on budget with your Christmas shopping. As you shop, cross off each person on your list. Be sure to keep an eye open for bargains and grab a few extra gifts – there is always that visitor that shows up that you did not anticipate.
This year, the year of Covid, we probably will not have drop-in guests. However, you may run into a neighbor and want to give them a little gift. So having those extra and inexpensive gifts on hand can come in handy. For extra gifts, I would suggest the following to name a few.
- A gift basket of candies
- Lotion & shower gel (same fragrance)
- Attractive, reuseable masks (Covid is in the air)
Set holiday shopping goals for yourself and jot them down in your notebook.
1. I will have all cards in the mail by December 10th.
2. All of my major shopping will be done by December 15th.
3. I will not go over budget!
Making lists and setting goals for yourself this holiday will save you time and stress and allow you to enjoy the season for what it really is. Also, because of the Covid situation this year, a lot of stores have great bargains annnnd you can do a lot of your shopping online as to not have to get out into all of the hustle and bustle of shopping for the season.
If you have not started your shopping, start now. While you have time to get on track. The first step is starting your notebook, making your list and creating a plan of action.
After the holidays, store your notebook away somewhere (perhaps with your decorations). It will serve as a great reference when you are ready to start your shopping next year. Look at you all prepared and already creating a plan for next year! 🙂
Happy Holidays, Happy Shopping…and by keeping a Holiday Notebook – Happy You!
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