Get in Order for the Holidays, Part 3

Budget and Gift Giving GuideGift List

How are your holiday preparations coming along? Are you keeping up with all the advertisements and racing along at a frenzied pace?

If so, slow down. Regroup. Get organized and create a plan of action. It will enable you to slow down your pace, use your time wisely, and enjoy the weeks to come.

Start by creating a budget for your holiday. Be sure to include gifts, decorations, travel, meals and entertainment.

Next, create a gift list with each person’s name that you plan to purchase a gift for, along with gift ideas and the dollar amount that you plan to spend.

As you purchase gifts, fill in the gift purchased and the dollar amount spent.  This will help to organize your shopping, avoid purchasing doubles, and keep to your budget.

If you happen to like forms and planners, check out the website, Organized Christmas. They have a form or planner for any aspect of Christmas that you can image (and many that you can’t imagine!). Personally, I use a lined piece of notebook paper in my home notebook. It works. Use whatever is easiest for you and whatever you will actually use!

It is too tempting to overspend during the holidays—don’t allow your good intentions and good will to be an excuse for irresponsibility.

About the time we think we can make ends meet, someone moves the ends. Herbert Hoover

Don’t let yourself become that someone!

Check back often for parts 4-10 of the Get in Order for Christmas Series, which will give you tips and ideas for cleaning, meal planning, decorating, shopping and gift giving, wrapping, and reflecting back on your holiday season.

Check out Part 1, Happy Shopping and Part 2, Take Time to Make Time , Part 4, Cleaning, Part 5,  Decorating, Part 6, Meal Planning, and Part 7, It’s a Wrap, of my Get in Order for the Holidays Series.

Have a Blessed and Organized Holiday!


2 Responses to “Get in Order for the Holidays, Part 3”

  1. 1 Kathleen December 3, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Excellent tips! I want to alleviate the frantic feeling this year- thanks for the great tips, Cheryl!

  1. 1 Get in Order for the Holidays, Part 2 « In Order for Life Trackback on December 2, 2010 at 11:09 am

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