It seems they move the holidays in on us earlier each year! I’ve barely just made it back into the swing of the Back to School routines. Phew! Anyway, I’ve been thinking about how to do better with spending this year. I have a large family and it makes me crazy to start thinking about them when it comes to gift giving.
Hopefully, some of these tips will save you some stress and money. I know for me, there’s nothing worse than the lines and craziness of holiday shopping at the mall.
Here are some of the things I’ve come up with to minimize the dent in my wallet (and my sanity) this holiday season:
This will minimize impulse purchases that the stores like to have on display. Use camelcamelcamel for price tracking on big ticket items through Amazon. This service will send an alert to you when a price has lowered on a specific item you’re looking to purchase. You can also use order ahead services like site to store or order pick-ups. Many of the big stores offer this now (Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, and Old Navy are just a few).
Talk to family about spending limits.
Set a dollar amount that is within reason for everyone’s budget. My sisters and I discussed doing experience gifts rather than toys (yes!). Some examples we came up with are:
Don’t procrastinate! Plan ahead.
In keeping with your budget, make a list. Keep track of who you’ve purchased for. My husband and I keep a Google sheet going year to year, to see previous year’s purchases for each family member.
Find ways to volunteer, and help others through this holiday season. Here are some ways to do so in Fairfield County
If I missed something, feel free to share in the comments section.