4 December 2017

Tips for Christmas Shopping

We are finally at the point where the thought of buying Christmas presents for loved ones creeps into our minds. Mind you, I think I started thinking about it near the beginning of November.


Is it important to be organised? Yes it is, but only to a certain extent. People who start buying Christmas presents months before the big day are too organised in my opinion. I mean, how can you remember who you've bought for whom from so long ago?! I can barely remember who I've bought presents for in November/December let alone March/April! But I can see the logic behind it, it can save you money.

So yes, as I said, it's good to be prepared in the run up to Christmas Day and there are ways you can be organised when shopping:

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No, I don't mean a naughty and nice list! Write a list of what different presents and ideas you want to buy people. That always works for me, then I can tick it off once I've bought it. Buy the more expensive things relatively early so you don't rack up a huge debt during December.
S T I C K Y
N O T E S
Quite an odd idea, but bare with me on this one. Put people's names on sticky notes and stick them on their presents if you haven't bought the wrapping paper or tags yet. Last thing you want is to open a present you've wrapped because you can't remember what it is and who it's for!

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M I D W E E K
Christmas shopping on the weekend? My idea of hell. It's too busy, everybody looks narked and there's always pushing and shoving going on. It's always quieter in the midweek, I aim to go after I've finished work as it's not too hectic and you can have a better look at the items on the shelves.
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W I T H I N
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B U D G E T
One thing I try and do is to keep within a budget - sometimes I do fail but it is important to keep within your means. The last thing you want is to go into the New Year with a panic knowing you got a regrettable debt to pay off.
The thing is, with me, I think I've finally finished my shopping, I think that I can finally chill and look forward to Christmas Day. Then I see something online which I think somebody will like and end up buying that person an extra present, even though I've already wrapped their presents and I now need to buy a bigger gift bag so this surplus present can fit in. There are people you are going to spend more money on than others, but please don't break the bank! I don't want to be horrified when I look at my bank statement in January!

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As much as Christmas shopping can fill people with dread, enjoy it! It's such a festive and joyous time of year. Christmas only happens once a year, so stuff your face, have a drink or three and have a good time!
Lucy
♥🎄

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