Now that we had our Halloween revelry, I am downshifting straight into Christmas mode. Our first family celebration is in six weeks.
One way to ease the Christmas budget strain is to spread the expenses around using cash instead of having a credit crunch in December. So far I have:
Bought one packet of Christmas stamps
- Made a layout of our Christmas card on the Walgreens website – waiting for a good discount and then I can pounce!
- Bought a gift card for the mail carrier, and a number of smaller gifts that must remain secret!
I am planning to look for good deals on baking supplies as we near Thanksgiving, and stock up, budget permitting, when I see low prices. I have been tracking low prices for grocery items in my ValueTracker app. I would love to squeeze another gift card out of next week’s budget too.
If you could use a little inspiration on dealing with holiday expenses, check out this short but powerful clip from Flylady. It’s not too late to jump in where you are and “Cruise Through the Holidays“! Taking baby steps over many weeks helps prevent that frantic feeling when everything needs purchasing on December 22. P.S. – let me know if you are “Cruising Through the Holidays” too!