Last Wednesday, I asked you to mix the seasons and think about the winter holidays for a minute. I finally sat down myself and worked out my list (#2 below), so I'm making a little progress. I'm revisiting it today to urge you to plan ahead, for your sanity and your budget:
- Figure out where you'll be for the holidays. We're on our own this year, since my mom cannot travel in the winter and my sisters will be with their in-laws. I'm looking forward to a more relaxed pace since we won't have guests. We can still bake, decorate, and celebrate, but we don't need to do it at the scale we've done before. I do know that I should have my gifts ready by Thanksgiving (when I will see everyone) if I want to avoid shipping costs.
- Make a list for gift-giving, and remember that gift-giving doesn't necessarily mean gift-buying. While I know I want to thank and appreciate our teachers, coaches, and others this holiday season, I'm collecting ideas for very inexpensive ways to do so. I'm including the November and December birthdays on the list, just so it's all in one place.
- Set a dollar amount per person, per gift, or for the whole shebang (including wrapping, shipping, decorations, etc.). Even making your own gifts can cost a lot if you wait til the last minute. By starting now, you can compare prices and shop early, saving yourself stress and money.
- Consider earning extra income between now and the holidays. Try my 6 Ways to Earn Extra Income, particular #1 Sell something. Take a good look around your basement, closets, and the rest of the house. What can you sell on Craigslist or Ebay in the next few weeks to bring in some money? You'll be decluttering at the same time, which helps during the holidays as well.
I'm somewhere between 2-3 myself; I have a list going but need to seriously think about how much money I can spend. From there, I can start looking for deals on my Big Ticket Items.
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