“Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.”
I live in Maryland, and just last week it was 77 degrees outside, but I’m now walking through stores filled with wrapping paper, Christmas ornaments, and tree displays. My son has already started yelling, “Mommy, come see this toy,” every other commercial and planning out his Christmas list. I feel as if, I have missed something; like an entire month has escaped me. In November, I am usually half way through my Christmas shopping, but all that nice weather kept me standing still. Moving forward, Christmas is on the way and holiday shopping is upon us. Weather we are ready to accept it or not, let’s get it done, and do it well enough that it does not leave our wallets hurting in January.
Despite, the weather throwing me off a little, I am still excited and ready to get a Christmas shopping completed. I love Christmas shopping and I enjoy making it as painless as I possibly can. For those of you who dread holiday shopping, here are some holiday survival tips to try to hold on to what is in your purse throughout the holidays.
1. Stores vs. Online
I love going to the mall, but it’s not for everyone and there are often some great sales online. If you hate crowds, sifting through racks, or searching for parks; online shopping is best for you. Some great online sites are:
Amazon Toys R Us Target.com
2. Set a Budget
Be true and honest with yourself. Before you even attempt your budget, pay all your bills; pay your current month first and average out the next month’s bills until after the holidays. Be sure to round bills up a little and add in emergency money.
3. Create a List
Make a realistic shopping list, but don’t over-do it. I used to give gifts to everyone, and their kids. I frequently gave gifts to people who never gave me or my son a gift. It quickly made Christmas very costly. Also, talk to your children and determine the things that they really want, over the things they just see and blurt out. Use those things to create yourself a more comprehensive list.
4. Use Cash
Don’t drag your holiday spending on for the next six months to a year by using credit cards. Pay cash as much as possible and get your shopping completed one time and one time only.
5. Start Now
It is never too early to start Christmas shopping. Do not wait until two weeks prior to Christmas, to start shopping. All the sales will be gone, along with all of the great toys.
6. Compare Shop
Be sure to compare store prices against one another.
I hope that this information can help someone, and make the holiday shopping just a little more bearable.
Kristina- Kristopher’s Mommy