Hello my lovelies!
Hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner isn’t it?? A couple of weeks ago, when I was in Michael’s purchasing my fall decor, I was surrounded by Christmas wreaths, trees, and ornaments. That was my cue to start thinking about Christmas shopping. I know some of you may think I am doing a bit much, but I am a planner to the fullest and need to feel as prepared as possible for important dates and occasions.
I tend to start my Christmas shopping in October of every year to ensure that I am done either on black Friday or shortly after. Here’s why...
Getting your Christmas shopping done early will be a lot less stressful than hustling at the last minute with the crowds trying to purchase an amazing gift for the people on your list. Let’s not forget the longer you wait to go Christmas shopping, the slimmer the pickings.
Your pockets will remain a little bit fatter. I say this because when you plan far enough in advance to get your shopping done early, those of you who get paid twice a month or bi-weekly, have about 6 paychecks to play with. That alone will help you ensure that you remain within your allotted budget and that you don’t overspend.
Before you get started on your shopping, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Establish a budget and stick with it. Getting in debt to purchase gifts is not the move to make.
Write a list of those you plan to purchase gifts for to ensure you don’t forget about anyone.
Initiate your online shopping purchases through Ebates.com so you can earn cash back on your purchases. (See my previous blog post 5 Ways to Save Thousands Each Year to learn more about how you can use Ebates to save loads of money.)
Compare prices of the object you are scouting before you purchase it to ensure you get the lowest price possible.
If your budget is super tight this year, check out some DIY options and get creative. Visit my Pinterest board for some creative and unique ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/perfectedpeace/diy-christmas-gifts
Moral of the story is, you can have a stress-free holiday season with the proper preparation. And you can save some money while purchasing/creating some amazing gifts.
What are some things you have done during the holiday season to properly prepare and to ensure that you remained organized, stress-free and didn’t go broke? Please share your experiences to help another sister out.
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Until next time my Luvs. <3