100 Days Until Christmas
Well, it is now mid-September, the children are back at school and thoughts of Christmas are starting to cross your mind. In fact, September 16th marks 100 days until Christmas. As in years past, you know the days will quickly pass by.
What are your Christmas goals this year?
- Are you going to make a gift budget and stick to it?
- How many gifts per person?
- What is the amount you are spending on each person?
- Just how many people are you getting a gift for? Who are they?
- Will you make any of your own gifts?
- Do you need to purchase gift cards?
- Will you use programs such as Ebates to make some money back?
- Are you going to do some home baking this year?
- Have you decided how much total you are going to spend on gifts?
These are just some of the many questions that you need to ask yourself. Certainly not all of the questions, but at least some to get you thinking. Yes, and remembering, what worked last year and what didn’t.
Set Some Goals
You need to set yourself some goals for Christmas. If you don’t set a goal, how will you know if you get where you are going?
This year don’t let the Christmas season stress you out. Rather, you need to take the next few months calendar and rough out a schedule. In this way you will know when you want to get certain things accomplished.
Here at Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs, we are going to EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE this Christmas. Over the next few months we will post articles that will help you set and achieve your goals. Included throughout these articles will also be handy free printables to help you.
For instance, your primary goal for September is to decide who should be on your Christmas gift giving list. Download your free Christmas—Who Is On The Gift Giving List.
Who Should Be On The List?
For many of you, this list will quickly be filled in with various children, parents, and of course your spouse. It could even include close friends, neighbors and co-workers.
Beyond those names, or even among those names, you need to evaluate why you are buying for other people such as:
- the 3rd cousin on your mother’s side of the family, that you only talk to at Christmas
- school bus driver
- staff Christmas party/gift exchange
- other obscure people that you normally don’t have much association with
Why are you buying for them?
Out of obligation? What is that obligation? A feeling of guilt? Pressure from marketing experts who say you should be buying everyone under the moon a gift?
Make a list of people you want to buy gifts for this year. Then examine it to see if you are able to trim it any. As more and more people are struggling financially, it is becoming more common to trim down the gift exchange list. So don’t feel guilty if this year you also need to trim some names off of the list.
As well, in our material rich society, many of us give and receive items that are not needed anyways. So, don’t feel guilty if you don’t buy that joke gift for your co-worker. You know, that item that is of no practical use and will end up at Goodwill or the like, the first week of January anyways.
Counting Down 100 Days Until Christmas
So, as the Christmas rush begins, let’s look at ways you can reduce the stress and financial strain on your budget.
Goal One: Figure out who and why they should be on your gift list. If you haven’t downloaded your free name list yet, grab it here.
Next, we’ll be looking at what your total Christmas budget should be and breaking that down.
In the meantime, what is your favorite Christmas tradition? Let me know in the comments below.