I know it’s early, but you can never be to early when it comes to saving money.
With Christmas only 67 days away, I am pulling out my lists.
I have a list of all immediate family members I need to do gifts for, lists of the extended family members (This year we have my sister Jen and her family). Lists of friends/co-workers that need remembering, Christmas card list and my pumpkin bread list!
I break each list down by categories.
Under Immediate family, I list my hubby, 3 sons, and 1 daughter in law and granddaughter.
Underneath each name, I write down ideas that I have for what they want/need and write down the things I have already gotten to give to them.
Same goes for all the other categories.
My card list I make sure all addresses are updated and if I need to add anyone to the list (or delete L ) Then it’s ready to go when I write my Christmas letter 1st of December.
My pumpkin bread list is long... basically I make around 100 mini loaves of pumpkin bread Thanksgiving weekend and freeze it. I then make a list of neighbors, church member’s friends, family, the mailman, teachers etc and make sure I have enough loaves to give 1-2 loaves each. I also have enough stashed to take to potlucks or office parties!
I keep my lists up to date. If I hand out loaves of bread, I cross the person off, if I find something different for someone I update, if I purchase something I note that and I also note where I hid the present J that’s for my kids!
I keep my lists in a small notebook in my purse and always take it with me.
Lists! It’s what works for me!