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Gifts for family...

So, we ALL know that I LOVE to shop & finding GREAT DEALS is my specialty! However, the holidays are kinda stressful for me because I start early; which means my office ends up looking like Santa's Workshop full of gifts very early on in the season- bags & boxes Everywhere & I desperately want to stay organized & On Budget...which is close to IMPOSSIBLE!

So, I have a system as I attempt to stay organized & SANE during the busiest time of year...???

Here are my TOP ideas for helping to make your Holiday Gift Giving a little less stressful and keeping you Organized & ON BUDGET, or at least try.

1. Make a list of the people you are shopping for
2. Set up up a spread sheet with 3 columns: Person/Gift/Cost
3. Decide how much you are planning to spend on each person BEFORE you start shopping; this will help you weed out some gifts & stay in budget- Make sure you have a little bit of wiggle room!
4. As you purchase fill in the "Gift" and "Cost" column.
5. Once that person is "Done" change the color of the text to Blue- this way you can look & see at a glance who you are still needing to buy for.
6. Be sure to include the people who you are giving CASH to who do services for you-
The mailman, garbage men, babysitters, cleaning ladies, UPS/FEDEX carrier, etc...
7. NOW- when you are doing the wrapping- there should be a real elf for this task- you will know exactly who gets what AND if there is money "left over." you can treat yourself to a CUTE outfit for your favorite Holiday Party...Also, it takes the guess workout of what the bills will be come the new year.
Happy Holidays


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