Now that holiday expenses are coming into full view, I am making a few notes for next year. I will put them right on the front cover of my Flylady ‘Cruising Through the Holidays‘ planner.
- Next year, budget for holiday decor. I should have set aside $ 100.00 for Christmas tree, lights that need replacing, and floral/plant decor. Much to my daughter’s dismay, I usually come home with a Charlie Brown-sized tree that I can carry in with one hand. Even those cost almost $ 30.00!
- Next year, set aside extra money in “Mad Money” for Black Friday. By the time “Cyber Monday” hits I predict our mad money budget categories will be on Empty.
- Life in December would be much easier if I had prepared some freezer meals in November. There are a couple of weeks that are chock-full of after-school haircuts, Girl Scouts, and work parties for the holidays.
We managed to come out of last week with $ 50.00 left in our weekly budget. We set the money aside for an Amazon Subscribe and Save shipment coming in December. If you haven’t read Mr. Saver’s strategy for saving with Subscribe and Save, you can read his full coverage here.
Yesterday while our daughter was at a Christmas play, DH and I got out to Target for some Christmas shopping, and it is a wonderful feeling to come home and take the money for the gifts right out of our budget!