Get Organised – Sorting out your present spending budget….

Christmas comes at the same time every year – it’s not like they just spring it on us at the last minute and we all have to run around like headless chickens trying to get everything organised at the last minute.

Not only will you end up spending more on Christmas because the later you leave it, the more chance there is that you’ll miss out on all the good deals and run out of time to make your own lovely presents, you’ll also have less time to spend on the having fun side of Christmas because you’ll still be stressing about what to buy and how you’re going to afford it.

(I *may* be speaking from experience when I say that you may be too busy stressing about money and other non-important Christmas related things to actually step back and enjoy it all.)

So, let’s start with a bit of present organisation….

First of all, write a list of people you need to buy for and work out what your budget is for each person on your list.  I find it helps to have a special notebook to keep track of everything but not just any notebook – a homemade one that’s small enough to fit in even your smallest handbag so you can keep it with you wherever you go in case you see a bargain while you’re out and about.

Where can you get such a perfect notebook I hear you say.

Well, just watch this and you can make one yourself….

Now you can write each person on your list down in the book along with the amount you want to spend on them – just make sure that you set an affordable amount and that you don’t go over the top.

Next you need to decide what sort of present you want to buy everyone.  I sometimes make people themed hampers as presents which is great if you’re on a budget as you can buy small things each week with your shopping and you can look out for some cheap baskets or boxes to make the hampers in.  You can do a spa style hamper with some beauty products, candles and a face mask or a girly night in hamper with a DVD, a wine glass, a mini bottle of wine and some popcorn or chocolates – anything like that makes a lovely well thought out present and makes it really easy to budget for.

Don’t forget to keep your book updated every time you buy something so you don’t overspend or buy for the same person twice.

That’s probably enough to get you started on a lovely sunny day in August but I’ll be back (said in my best Arnie voice)….

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