make your list and check it twice
Lists aren’t just for Santa. Start by making a list of the people you’re buying gifts for, and what you want to give each person. Have a price range in mind so you stay within your budget.
As you begin to shop, make sure you’re comparison shopping – shopping online is an easy way to do that. Keep an eye out for free shipping and coupon codes to save a little extra money, too.
There are good deals after Thanksgiving, but shopping early is extra important this year, so doing it now will make the holidays a little less hectic.
There are other lists to make too. If you’re hosting this year, grocery shopping lists are helpful to stay organized and stay within your budget.
Making a list of what you want to serve or bring to gatherings is useful too. Keep an eye out now for sales on items you can freeze and use during the holiday season to avoid higher prices and item unavailability.
Remember how we suggested you include parties and entertainment in your budget? Make a list of those, too. It might help you trim out some things that you won’t have to spend money on.