Saturday, October 29, 2011

Countdown to Christmas Week 3

Christmas Countdown

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Welcome to Gifts and Giving Week! It's the time to focus on gift lists, gift buying and gift wrapping.

Gift-buying wins out as the "biggest holiday organization challenge". During Gifts and Giving Week, the goal is to get on top of the gift list.

For many families, gift-giving is a prime source of holiday financial stress. So the plan is to divide and conquer, spreading gift-buying over a four-week period, and tracking your purchases.

Week 3

· Observe Time Change Sunday. Check smoke detectors and assess your household's emergency plan.

· Divide the Christmas card list into five groups. Write and address the second group this week.

· Review and renegotiate adult gift giving. Can you simplify your family's "unwritten rules? Draw names and set a price limit for a gift exchange. Could your family dispense with adult gifts in favor of gifts to charity or family service project?

· Divide entries on your gift list into five groups. Continue shopping for Christmas gifts, and try to buy one-fifth of the gifts this week.

· To ensure delivery, finish all catalog and online shopping.

· Designate a special envelope for all receipts.

· Will you be making gifts this year? What can you "practically" get done in time? Now cut that list in half. You don't have as much time as you think.

· Plan Thanksgiving Dinner. Order the turkey.

· Review your holiday budget.

· Gift wrapping and supplies ready?

· If you need a babysitter during the holiday, make arrangements now.

· Start a stocking stuffers list.

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