Christmas is Coming!

June 30, 2012

in the generous life

Can’t believe I said that, huh?

Actually, now is a great time to think about Christmas (and all the fall holidays). There is a lot of work and spending to do. Why not spread the workload and spending over the next few months and make your holidays easier? 

Do your planning while you have the time and energy. Make a gift list (keep a notebook in your purse or use Evernote) and watch for specials.  Groupon (aff link) and Moolala (aff link) offer some nice discounts (as do many online companies). 

A little work and planning now can make the holiday season run more smoothly and put less of a dent in your budget.

Being frugal does not mean being cheap! It means being economical and avoiding waste.  Catherine Pulsifer

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This blog routinely wrecks my heart ~ Why Feeling Beautiful Matters (from We are THAT Family)

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Homekeeping Happiness  ~ This gal made a goal to list 5 “Happy Homekeeping Moments” a week. Why not use the same concept and weekly list “5 Happy Marriage Moments”?

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Megan@DoNotDisturb June 30, 2012 at 3:36 am

I also love reading We are that family. I am taking a mission trip to Kenya in August and would love to be able to visit Mercy house but am not sure it could be arranged. Love the work they are doing.

Megan

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Christa June 30, 2012 at 10:11 am

Planning for Christmas prior to Thanksgiving (hee hee) is great! I love to plan throughout the year for the Christmas holidays. I keep lists on my phone about what interests different family members have and possible gift ideas for them. I also keep a pad of paper in my closet where I can jot down ideas when I’m in the bathroom getting dressed, hanging up clothes, packing for a trip, brushing teeth, etc. (Of course, the closet is also where I tend to hide gifts already made/purchased, too.) When you plan beforehand, you can keep an eye out for the item and any deals for it. When you purchase beforehand, you spread the blow to your finances out over time instead of one hefty hit at the end of the year. Your stress can be greatly reduced during the busy holiday season when you already have your shopping done. In fact, Christmas and birthday shopping usually begins in January in our home – December 26 for my mother!

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Jennifer July 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

After our first Christmas together, and seeing how much money we spent, we decided to open a gift savings account. We divided our spending budget by 26 (paychecks per yr) and deposited that amount into an account with ING from each check. In October-November, we withdraw and use cash for all our purchases. It’s great b/c our real account never gets damaged at Christmas!

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