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Getting your Christmas Budget and Gift list Organised

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Lets just do these few tasks  and help prepare for Christmas. Today is about Christmas Budgeting and writing down gift ideas. Money stress is awful and can make this an unhappy time of the year hard for many people.  Here are  a few simple tasks to help get the hard part of Christmas organised.

Here is the link to part one in this series

You just need to commit to making the time.  Sit down for 10 -20 minutes and make a quick plan.  Prepare a spending plan because  Christmas can be a time when the budget can blow up in major proportion. Have a look what you have spent in previous years and see if that what you can spend this time. Write it down so you know.  You are mentally preparing yourself of what you can and cant spend.

Remember all sorts of things creep up on you at christmas time. Getting haircut and colour, holiday expenses. a new outfit for christmas event/ new year. Ensure all of this is in your christmas Budget.

Christmas Budgeting

  • Make a budget for Christmas – decorations/ food /presents/ clothing/ alcohol/ wrapping and cards
  • Write a list of everyone you need to get a gift  ( remember secret Santa, teachers, neighbors )

Christmas Gift List

  • Allocate an amount for each person
  • Write  down some ideas of what you could purchase for that person
  • Make an appointment in your diary to start you Christmas Shopping.

Now is a great time to purchase gifts as it is the end of spring season and the summer stock is coming on. Don’t forget that if you want to send parcels overseas that you will need to send it off soon. I am keeping this short this week, go grab a coffee and write down your budget and gift list.

I will have one more part to this series of preparing for creating a stress-free Christmas.

 

October 31, 2016 |

Creating a Stressfree Christmas

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It is crazy October is here and there is about 11 weeks til Christmas. I need to be organised and ahead of the game for my sanity and pocket.  I really dont want to be going Christmas Shopping with four kids in tow!! I am writing a few Christmas posts to help me and my readers create a stressfree Christmas.

Here are some things to help you be a savvy shopper and feel organised and enjoy Christmas with our families.  We can Create a beautiful relaxed Christmas and enjoy the things that are really important to you.  Keep it Super Simple and have a plan now to alleviate the stress that Christmas can bring.

Here is your first step.

 

Decide on a theme for Christmas

  • What theme would you would like to create this year?  What traditions do you have or would like to create.  Look at Pinterest for ideas
  • What stage is your family  at?
  • What do already have?
  • What do you need to replace?
  • How much do you want to spend on decorations? Don’t forget to think about the New Years celebrations as well.
  • Look at what Wrapping paper supplies you have leftover from last Christmas. Don’t forget sticky tape, gift tags , cards, wrapping paper.
  • Table decorations (napkins, Christmas Crackers, Advent calendars)

At the beginning of this year I disposed of our christmas tree.  All the leaves  were falling off and it was such a nuisance So I have known that I would need to replace our tree this year. I was fortunate enough to come across an idea that I felt would solve my problem of little children playing with ornaments  and pulling the christmas Tree down.  It is a Christmas tree painted on fabric which you hang up and It was an absolute  bargain $5 at Typo. There are some fabulous ideas and you don’t need to have a Christmas tree.    Look at these Alternatives

I have decided to go with a natural theme using burlap, candles, green foliage and doilies.   A simple table arrangement and get the children involved by helping decorate the table with burlap. foliage  and candles .  I won’t need any decorations for My “tree” which is going to save me money . Gifts for will be wrapped with Brown paper and ribbons and /or stamps.  The children gifts will be wrapped with christmas paper that I have left over from last year.

Actionables

  1. Make a list of everything you need.
  2. Make a date on your calendar within the next 2 weeks and go out and purchase what you need.

 

October 14, 2016 |
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