Thanksgiving is next week and Christmas is right around the corner after that! This is the time of year when people spend the most money and stores make up for mediocre sales throughout the rest of the year. People go out in droves and clog the malls and stores like crazy buying up gifts and more gifts. Costco gets pretty insane the days before Thanksgiving and Christmas with everyone buying up food for the big family dinners.
The holidays are supposed to be when you can relax and spend time with family. Instead they are now huge commercialized events where people can even go into debt buying presents! It’s easy to go overboard trying to create the perfect Christmas for your family and buying them everything. When the world goes crazy how do you stay sane and not spend all your money on one day?
Be reasonable on Black Friday
Black Friday I bet is the one day where the stores make the most money! I myself love going shopping on that day. I don’t go for the electronics or the appliances, but the clothes and gift stuff. I haven’t stood outside Best Buy for 12 hours waiting to buy that super discounted TV set. I was debating this year on whether or not I should try but I don’t think its worth my time! I would have to start lining up on Thanksgiving day and I have two family events I would much rather attend. I can’t forget that the reason Thanksgiving exists is to be thankful for what you have. I really wouldn’t be celebrating Thanksgiving if I was out shopping instead. Worse yet freezing my butt off outside Best Buy. There are some really good deals to be found on Black Friday, but if you have to give up Thanksgiving then not worth it in my mind. I’ll do Black Friday deals but within my limits.
Before I do go shopping I make sure to have a game plan too! Make sure I hit up the stores that have an extra sale or discount before a certain time and work my way down. I hit up places I don’t want to miss out on and then just peruse the rest at a later time. In the end though if you miss out on anything its not the end of the world!
Make a gift list and stick to it
This is the one thing I always do while holiday shopping. I make a list of all the people I buy gifts for then check them off. This way I know who I already bought a gift for and who I haven’t covered yet. Makes it much easier and more satisfying for me to check off a list and I won’t have duplicates! I have a pretty long list so if I didn’t keep it with me I’d most likely get confused. It helps to stay organized! I also tend to have a lot of babies on my list and I have to have a way to keep track of their ages and what season to buy their clothes in. Buying baby clothes is almost an art because you have to consider the age and season that the clothing will be used.
Remember its the thought that counts, not how much you spent
The biggest thing we all need to remind ourselves is to make a budget and stick to it! If you find a gift or two that is so awesome and is only a little over the budget then it’s fine. It’s not okay to just spend and spend on every single gift though! Buying the most expensive gift that you can doesn’t guarantee that it is the best gift for the person in mind. For example you can buy the most expensive toy for a toddler and they can just toss it aside after unwrapping it! I’ve had that experience before though the gift itself wasn’t too expensive. My niece tore open the wrapping paper, took one short look at the ugly doll, and promptly tossed it aside. My sister and I were were a bit surprised. Haha. To this day I haven’t asked about it. I wonder what happened to that ugly doll?
Even a small gift that really fits the person it is for is an amazing gift! It’s the thought that counts and not the amount you spent. You also don’t need to buy a mountain of gifts for people. I dislike watching movies where on Christmas morning the kids come running down the stairs to find a pile of gifts under the tree. I’d say that’s a big commercial for Christmas basically.
I can’t wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I love Thanksgiving because it gives me a chance to see my family and to eat a lot of food and then vegetate. Gift buying is always fun and I love trying to buy stuff people will want. I know sometimes it doesn’t work out but hey I tried!
How do you control your holiday spending?