For many the holidays are a stressful time…add in the fact that this has been a hard financial year and the stress begins to build. If you prepare early you won’t find yourself running around like crazy the week of Christmas. You’ll be less stressed and will be able to enjoy your time with friends and family!
Here are two ways to help you prepare for Christmas!
Make a budget and stick to it!
Decide how much you want/have to spend for Christmas. Make a list of everyone you’ll be buying a gift for. Beside their name write down how much you’ve allocated in your budget to spend on their gift.
As you’re planning out your list keep your eyes peeled for coupons (buy one get one free or buy $$ get $$ off). When it’s time to shop, along with your list, take cash with you to the store. This will help you to stay within the budget you’ve created. And, once your cash is gone you’ll be done shopping!
Make homemade gifts!
I don’t know about you but I love receiving homemade gifts. It makes me feel special that someone has put so much time and thought into such a special creation that’s just for me!
- Bake homemade treats
- Make necklaces, bookmarks, etc – You can find tons of inspiration and ideas on Pinterest! Pair a sale at your local craft store with a coupon and you have a super cheap gift that will be a big hit because it looks like you bought it at the store!
- Give gift certificates – babysitting, car detailing, etc.
No matter what homemade gift you decide to make, be creative and let your personality shine through! Your friends and family love you so they will love your gift!
Tshanina Peterson blogs at Thrifty T’s Treasures where you can follow her journey of living a thrifty lifestyle.