Welcome to step 3 in the 12 Steps to Christmas Sanity Challenge hosted by myself and Liz from Hoosier Homemade. In this step, we're going to focus on the budget by using the Christmas budget printable and by considering some budget friendly gift ideas.
The most important thing to avoid overspending for the holidays is to set your holiday budget. If you have trouble sticking to your budget, I recommend trying cash envelopes to avoid overspending. Make sure to consider all the areas you'll need not spend extra money, including:
Gifts (including family, friends, smaller gifts like neighbor gifts / teacher gifts, and stocking stuffers)
Extra groceries (for holiday baking and Christmas dinner)
Gift packing (wrap, gift bags, bows, tape)
Storage for decoration
After Christmas sales when you might want to stock up for next year when things are on sale
As far as sticking to your budget, we'll be sharing several DIY ideas throughout the challenge. Also, you can follow my Christmas on a Budget board for tons of frugal Christmas recipes, gift ideas, DIY decor, and wrapping ideas. Here's some of my favorites:
Another area where it's easy to spend a lot of money fast is in gift packaging. Seriously, I think you easily spend more in fancy gift wrap and bows than on the gift itself! That's why I love that Kelly from Typically Simple shows us how to make this really simple DIY gift bow. It definitely looks do able, and I recommend using ribbon from the Dollar Tree to make it super cheap:
Is an overflowing to-do list an all too familiar companion? Is the phrase “so much to do, so little time” the mantra of your current season of life? I’ve been there, friend. When there’s task upon task demanding your time it become vital to learn how to prioritize. You CAN turn that mountain into a molehill, and I’ll show you can easy way to do that with my Sticky Note Productivity method!