How to Get Everything Done Before Christmas
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How to Get Everything Done Before Christmas

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 12:42 pm
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Preparing for Christmas can be a lot of work, but don’t let that seemingly never ending to-do list stress you out this holiday season! Knowing how to manage your time and prepare ahead is the key to a stress-free holiday. To help you prepare, we’ve created a step-by-step guide to getting everything done before Christmas- stress-free!

Week 1: 

  • Shop! Get all of your Christmas shopping done within the first week of December. Not only will shopping early help you to avoid the mobs of panicked last minute shoppers, but it will keep you from becoming one of them!
  • Wrap! Once you have all your Christmas shopping done, start wrapping presents – don’t leave this task until the night before!
  • Decorate! This is also a good time to finish all the decorating for your Christmas party celebration.

Week 2:

  • Stock Up! During the second week of December, go ahead and start stocking up on non-perishable grocery items. But before you head to the grocery store, check your pantry and current stockpile for items you already have.
  • Coupon! And don’t forget to save money on your feast by collecting as many coupons as you can!

Week 3:

  • Clean! About a week before Christmas, go ahead and get all your cleaning done. A clean environment is a stress-free one!
  • Groceries! Also use this week to finish shopping for the perishable grocery items on your list. Once you get home with the last of your grocery items, prep them and separate them so that they are ready to cook when you are.

Week 4:

  • Details! The night before your Christmas celebration, make sure you have all of the last minute details taken care of. That includes setting the table, having all cooking ingredients laid out and prepared, stuffing the stockings, putting the presents under the tree, and double checking that you have everything you need for your celebration the next day.

 

The best way to get everything done before Christmas is to set goals and time lines. The great thing about planning to get things done ahead of time is that if you miss your personal deadline, there is still time to get it done later – just try not to let this happen too often! Good luck with your Christmas preparations! And don’t forget to relax and enjoy this joyous season!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.