Christmas shopping. Do those two words cause your anxiety level to spike or does your heart begin to skip to the beat of Christmas carols?
When I think of tackling my shopping list and trying to stay on budget with a limited time frame, I begin to panic! Did I just hear you say, “Girl, me too?” Good news! I have made a list of four tips that will help us combat our holiday shopping anxiety.
1.) DECIDE who to buy for.
Make decisions on who you plan to buy for and what you would like to get them BEFORE you begin shopping. Create your list on a written or typed document. As you shop, stay organized by marking each purchased item off of the list.
2.) DETERMINE and DIVIDE your budget.
When you determine your Christmas shopping budget it will guide you in determining how much to spend on each person on your list. (See step 1!) Write the maximum amount you will spend on each person next to their name on the list you created. Stay on budget by having multiple gift choices for each person on your list. Remember stay organized and keep your list updated.
3.) DELIGHT in DEALS!
Oh the thrill of a great deal! Begin your shopping trip at the clearance rack or in the daily deals section of the online stores. You never know what you will find and it may be exactly what you were searching for or something even better than you imagined! Oh the thrill of a great deal that not only keeps you on budget but actually stretches your budget.
4.) DARE to be creative.
Look for creative ways to combine deals into a special mixed gift. Personalized or homemade gifts can be both affordable and meaningful. One of my favorite creative gifts is to decoupage an inexpensive picture frame. Get your children involved! They will enjoy the ‘craft time’. Plus, craft time promotes bonding and serves as a teaching tool for why we give gifts at Christmas. In our family we celebrate the greatest gift of all, the birth of Jesus.
Know that we are all stronger together. If you have other tips that have helped you, please share them in the comment section.
In the midst of this busy season, remember “Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.” -Brene’ Brown
Enjoy this wonderful season with your family. Merry Christmas and Happy New year to each of you!