Getting Ready for the Holidays in 20 Steps: 5 Things to do Today
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Getting Ready for the Holidays in 20 steps: 5 things to do Today
It's November and the kick-off of the Christmas season for 2012 is officially underway. Have you noticed that it gets earlier and earlier each year? This year, our local stores had Halloween decorations on one side of the aisle, and Christmas making an appearance on the other half.
Remember when Christmas ended last year and you told yourself – next Christmas I’m going to…. I’m not exactly sure what’s at the top of your list from Christmases past, but I’m going to introduce some of the most common Christmas regrets and how you can deal with those problems by starting now.
1.Make Travel arrangements soon
Christmas travel is expensive because everyone has places to be during the Christmas holidays. When it comes to supply and demand, there is a lot of demand over Christmas holidays. While you probably won’t find rock bottom prices around the holidays, but by shopping for plane tickets now, you are more likely to find a better deal. Be one of those early bookers. Don’t forget to rent a car if you will need that too.
2. Start your Christmas shopping now
I know it’s early, but the sooner you start, the better deals you’ll find along the way. For those of you who do most of your shopping in the last week before Christmas, you’ll face two obstacles – the crowds and the cost. You save money on Christmas by starting to shop sooner because you have more time to wait for deals or promotions. You don’t need to buy everything by the end of the week, but if they have a toy for Johnny that is 50% off next week, then go ahead and buy it next week.
3, Create a Christmas budget
Since many people struggle to have a debt-free, it is important to make a Christmas budget. Unfortunately, the popular approach to Christmas is buy now and then figure out the payments later. Instead, why not get the cash now and buy gifts according to the budget you created?
4. Consider Adding a Family Tradition That Involves a Service.
Personally, I think Christmas focuses too much on getting and not enough on giving. To instill the importance of service in our children, we’ve decided to add a ministry/service to part of our family Christmas tradition. For the last few years, it has been donating food, clothing and distributing Christmas gifts at a local organization that caters to the less privileged in our community.
5. Make a Christmas list
My son always makes lists: birthday present lists, back-to-school lists and now his Christmas list. If your family does lists, go ahead and finish it up so that it won’t be lingering any more