Halloween isn’t even here yet and people are already talking about Christmas. It happens every year, so I don’t know why many people still end up so surprised! The best thing you can do if you want to get a head start is to begin prepping now. This will take a huge weight off your mind so by the time the big day actually rolls around, you don’t have to worry about a thing. Take a look at some of the advice below:
Plan Your Spending And Spread It Out
Start by planning your spending and then figuring out how you can spread the cost. You can do this by coming up with a budget for each person you are buying for, and jotting down ideas for gifts. You can then work out when to buy what, so you’re not simply using your entire December paycheck for the sake of one day.
Keep An Eye Out For Discounts and Vouchers
Discounts and vouchers can also be used during this time, so keep an eye out for the latest deals. For some items, it might be worth waiting until Black Friday in November so that you can get some bigger deals. The best deals are usually found on appliances and technology, so bear that in mind.
Create A Folder Containing Any Travel Plans
If you’re heading to a relative’s for Christmas, create a folder with any travel plans. You can keep documents, tickets, and other items in here to ensure you have everything all in one place.
Consider Any Extras
Make sure you look ahead to prepare for any extras. For example, there may be birthdays in December or events around Christmas week you will need to plan for that you haven’t considered. Thinking about what you’ll do for those now will be a huge help!
If you’ve been given a gift this year that you haven’t used and could do without, consider re-gifting it. There’s no shame in re-gifting at all. You’ll save money, and you might just be able to give it to somebody who will actually use it. Just be careful not to give it back to the person who gave it to you!
Make Some Extra Cash
We could all use a little extra cash around this time of year, so figure out how you’re going to do it. You should use cashback sites with every online purchase you make. You can also try passive income, affiliate links, odd jobs in your neighbourhood, and even just doing extra hours at work. Come up with a plan to make some extra cash and you should be able to breathe a sigh of relief on the big day.
If you start prepping for Christmas now, you’ll feel so relaxed come the big day that you might just enjoy yourself! Christmas should be a happy time spent with those who mean the most to us, not a stressful time where we go broke. Leave your own thoughts and ideas below!