Now that winter is on the horizon, it’s time to admit that Christmas is also fast approaching. You may think that you’ve got plenty of time to buy and wrap all your gifts between now and December 25th, but we all know how fast time can go.
This can leave you having to grab things at the last minute and rush to finish your preparations for the festive season. Not only can this be stressful, it can actually end up costing you more in the long run.
However, if you prepare early, you’ll be able to relax in the knowledge that all you need to do is stock up on stuffing and bucks fizz for Christmas Day, which is likely to make it all the more enjoyable.
So how can you get prepared nice and early?
Make all your lists
The easiest way to ensure you don’t forget someone or something is to make lists. You can make these for who you have to buy for, the gifts you are going to get and any other bits and pieces you can pick up now that will keep to December.
Sitting down and thinking about all of this and putting pen to paper will help you to get organised and stop you from picking up things you may not need, which can be a big drain on your finances.
Making lists and sticking to them will add structure to your shopping and avoid things like missing someone out when picking up gifts or spending too much on anyone.
Work out what you’re spending
You should know how much you’re going to spend on each aspect of your festive celebrations before you go anywhere near a shop. This means having a set budget for gifts, food, drink and decorations.
Doing this means you know what you have to spend as you go on, helping you avoid shelling out too much. While you can overspend on one thing, you should remember that the money has to come from another area of your budget, so be careful.
You may also want to split your present budget across each person on your list. This can make the spending fairer but also ensure you aren’t left with nothing before you’ve picked everything up.
Just remember, it is fine to come in under budget and you don’t need to buy more to make up the difference.
Create a storage area
The one thing you really don’t want is to buy loads of stuff for Christmas and have it hanging around from now until then. This can result in breakages or things getting lost, causing more expense.
Create a designated space to store all of your early Christmas purchases. This should be somewhere away from direct sources of heat and that has room to put room for fragile items. A cupboard or under your bed are great examples, just make sure you know what you are putting away – you could even make another list!
Look out for deals
Of course, one of the biggest bonuses to starting early is that you can get plenty of great deals, saving you money. Keep an eye out for what we get new in, as you can get your hands on the perfect presents for your loved ones at fantastic prices.