It’s that time of year again!
Do you set a budget for your holiday shopping?
Apparently, I’m in the minority. I have never intentionally set a budget, neither for the total amount I’m going to spend nor for the amount I plan to spend per person. Personally, I think it’s a great idea, though, and one I’m going to implement in my own household! Using a pre-planned budget will help you avoid over-spending overall and it will help you to avoid spending more on one child than another. With six kids, you’d think we would have thought of this by now. 😉
Another area I’ve always failed at is keeping track of the gifts purchased. Not only do I forget what I’ve already bought and for whom I bought it, I actually misplace gifts all the time. Some years (not this year), I get way ahead of the game and I start buying presents early on. I’ll stash them in one of the closets, trying to keep them out of sight and out of mind (I’m a terrible secret-keeper when it comes to gifts), and often, I forget all about said purchases. It’s not unusual for me to end up at one of the only places open on Christmas Eve, trying to find something that doesn’t look like I bought it at Walgreen’s at 10:00 PM on Christmas Eve. Enjoy your As-Seen-On-TV gifts, family.
Keeping a detailed written list is a fantastic way to keep tabs on all of the above. I started to create a printable for this purpose just for myself, then I thought I might as well share it with all of you! Since everyone has their own preference, I’ll share the Excel version, which you can save and use on your computer, plus a printable PDF version for those who like to handwrite their lists. The bonus with the Excel file is that it will do the math for you, to show you what you spent. That may or may not be a good thing. 😀
Good luck staying on budget and have fun!