Tsh from The Simple Mom (an amazing site) wrote a great post last week about preparing for Christmas. I love how she outlines budgeting ideas for Christmas shopping.
As I mentioned in August, I do my Christmas shopping year round. I am a firm believer in NOT going in to debt at Christmas. Because we travel every year for Christmas, I really don’t want to be buying ANY gifts in December. We have enough other expenses!
I have shopped year round for gifts for as long as I can remember. My biggest hurdle has always been that I would forget what I bought and buy too much, or I would buy too much because I got such great deals- and end up spending the same amount or more on everyone anyway.
Since becoming more cost-conscious, I realize how silly this is. The recipient is not going to know or care what I spent on their gift. It is the thought behind the gift.
Last year, I bought this cute Christmas notebook on clearance at Michaels. In it, I have a list of every person I need to buy for. As I have bought gifts, I have written them in the notebook. This has been so handy. I am pleased to report that I have about 65% of my shopping completed!