Another thing I have to say I do now is shop online - I know that isn't anything new to anyone, but I bet at least 75% of my shopping these days are done online. It saves so much - time, money, sanity!!! The problem it creates is that if I buy something too early, I have a hard time hanging on to it until Christmas!! LOL! I love to order things online b/c when it shows up on the doorstep a week or two later it's almost like I'm getting a gift - even if it isn't something for me personally!!!
I love shopping on Amazon.com - it's my go to place for all my shopping. Anytime there is something I want to buy Amazon is the first place I go to compare prices. And usually shipping is free if you spend $25, which isn't hard to do at all...and if I don't have $25 worth of merchandise I usually just keep things in my shopping cart until they add up to $25.
One last thing I try to do to help the November/December spending is that throughout the year when I buy a birthday present for someone, if that is a person that I usually buy a Christmas present for I try to pick out two things for them...then I just put one away in the closet so it's there ready for me to wrap up for Christmas. I can't wrap it early, though b/c chances are I'll forget what it is!! Ha ha!! But spreading out the spending really helps a lot! And if I run upon a good sale going on earlier in the year that's great Christmas shopping!!
Day 1: Christmas/Holiday traditions
Day 2: Black Friday/General Shopping Tips & Tricks
Day 3: Most meaningful gift/best gift you've received
Day 4: Tips/Tricks to a Budget Friendly holiday season
Day 5: Favorite Holiday Movie/TV Show Special
Day 6: Gift ideas (what do YOU want? We all have family/friends reading our blogs...so let them know!)
Day 7: Holiday Craft/DIY (If you don't make anything, what do you WISH you could make?)
Day 8: Least favorite thing about the Holidays
Day 9: Favorite Holiday recipe
Day 10: Favorite Christmas Songs/Caroles
Day 11: New Year Resolutions
Day 12: Show us your decorations (indoor/outdoor)
Day 13: Favorite Cookie Recipe
Day 14: Oprah's Favorite Things: What item(s) would you want if you were in the audience?