Follow my simple Christmas plan so you won’t forget things or most importantly, buy things you don’t need. I hate that feeling when you have overspent and you can’t enjoy the day because of the stress you feel.
It doesn’t matter why you’re not organised yet. Whether it’s because you are tight for cash and you’re waiting for inspiration or last-minute panic. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to organise a great Christmas, but you do need a plan just a little.
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A game plan will set you up for what you need BEFORE you hit the packed shops, the music, the sparkle, and all the other pretty bling things that could distract you or throw you off completely. This Christmas strategy will help you stick to the budget you have, and give you ways to be organised in advance so there aren’t too many surprises.
This simple Christmas plan will save you SO much unnecessary stress;
No more last-minute panic shopping & blowing your budget
Know what you need to do and when you will do it
Buy gifts you can afford that people will love!
Remember everything you need for the Christmas Holiday
Feel calm and content with the holiday
Enjoy the family memories you have created
Here is my step-by-step Christmas plan on how to get your head around what needs to be done. You can do this plan over a few months, a few weeks, or even the week before Christmas if you are that behind. It’s the order of things I want you to pay attention to. Do them in order and you will totally ahead of the game come Christmas Day.
HOW TO PLAN CHRISTMAS
1. FIRST, PUT UP ALL YOUR DECORATIONS
Get everyone involved in this so that its fun and easier on you. Lights and tinsel will help get you all feeling festive.
Get the kids cutting out snowflakes for the windows!
2. PREPARE A CALENDAR FOR DECEMBER
Gather all of your core information & details for the holidays
Mark out all paydays, travel days & actual Xmas holidays.
Where are you having Christmas?
Do you have visitors coming? Who will be there?
How many will you need to feed exactly?
When do you eat?
What will you eat?
What does your Christmas day look like usually on a timeline?
3. CALCULATE YOUR BUDGET
Spending. What’s your Christmas budget according to your spending plan?
PLEASE DON’T SPEND MONEY THAT BELONGS ELSEWHERE!
Don’t spend rent money, electricity or other money for life and living. Don’t spend your emergency savings either!
Be sure to factor in any holiday travel costs. Have a crystal clear idea of what you have to spend so you know what you can actually afford.
4. GIFT LIST RESEARCH
Your gift list. Who do you need to buy for?
What would you like to buy them?
Research. Ask them and ask others for ideas.
Do a tally of what all of the items will cost you. (see table below for ideas on how to do this)
Make note of the amount your spending on each child.
Are you overspending? If so, where might you be able to save?
5. CONFIRM CHRISTMAS DAY MENU
If you are visiting others on Christmas day, what do you need to take to share?
Make a list of the food items you want for your family.
Price each item (look online) and arrange your items and the places you need to go to get them. e.g. Veggie Market, supermarket warehouse shopping etc.
Keep a separate list of the perishable items that need to be purchased later on the 2nd shop day, closer to Christmas day.
6. DOUBLE CHECK YOUR CHRISTMAS BUDGET
Confirm the price for each item and know the places to buy the item from.
Review your original Christmas budget and confirm what money you have to spend.
Can you afford what is on your gifts & food list?
Make the hard decisions BEFORE you go to the shops!
7. SHOPPING DAY FOR ALL THE GIFTS
Online purchases can be made if you’re sure they will deliver within the time Christmas day.
Take a friend to help if you like or just go it alone.
You need to purchase all the items on your gift list, including gift wrapping paper, tape and labels or marker.
8. GET ALL THE GIFTS WRAPPED
START WRAPPING IMMEDIATELY!
Don’t leave it until the last minute…wrap under the cover of darkness if you have to 🙂
9. GET ALL YOUR NON-PERISHABLE FOOD
Go with cash (stop at an ATM on the way) or a very clear amount in your head of what you want to spend. Take your list and stick to it. You may have to be creative. Make it work!
10. CATCH UP DAY
Are you up to date with everything you should have done already?
Check if you are on track and catch up now if you need to.
Do you have recipes & ingredients ready?
If you are completely up to speed, you can use this time to write and send Christmas wishes to family and friends via email?
11. OTHER CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS / BAKING ETC.
Cake or biscuits for the holidays.
Packing ready for travel.
Maybe you need to spend time getting your home ready for visitors that are coming?
Beds prepared and ready for visitors?
12. PERISHABLE ITEMS SHOPPING DAY
Go to the shops with cash and use your list so you don’t forget anything.
Try not to overspend!
It’s so easy when its the last shop and you might feel like you won’t have enough.
You most likely DO have enough, but regardless, you will make do on the day.