- Begin to plan, save up and shop as early as you can before the holidays get here. It is much easier for our emotional and financial well-being when we are able to do this. I have space in my closet for each child where I put their gifts as I purchase them throughout the year. When you do this you can really capitalize on the sales at Memorial Day, Fourth of July, tax-free weekend, Labor Day, etc., that lead up to the holiday season.
- Remember what the holidays mean to you and what is important. Sometimes we get caught up in the whirlwind of the season; we end up spending too much, eating too much, and feeling like we have to be in a million places to not disappoint. All these things can cause stress on many different levels and you forget what is truly important about the season.
So, this year I am challenging myself and my family to only buy four gifts for each person: something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. This is a great plan for me to preserve my sanity and help keep me on track of what the season means to me and my family. If you are wondering…….it isn’t gifts!