September 16, 2016

5 Ways to Prepare for the C Word

This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.
I know you may not want to hear it.'s coming. The C word. Should I dare say it? Christmas.

saving money for christmas

In case you weren't aware it's 100 days away! Yup...we're almost in the double digit countdown. I'm the type of person that starts early. Part of this is because I'm crazy, and part of it is because I love shopping and gift giving. I get over the top excited about celebrations. I know it's not all about the gifts, but when you find great deals and amazing things you know your family and friends will enjoy--what's not to love?

As my Stepson gets older I have found he also gets a little more expensive, especially when his birthday falls the week before Christmas. Planning especially comes in handy this time of the year because not only are we shopping for the holidays, looking to give back to those less fortunate, prepping for our annual Thanksgiving dinner we host...we also have lives to lead which include going to work all day, doing homework and tending to household duties.

Today I want to share a few tips for preparing for Christmas that anyone can do, even the men.

1. Make a list of everyone you typically buy for.
- I do this in the notes section of my phone. It's something I always have on my and I won't lose it. I also can be sure that no one will find this list either, so no peeking eyes!

2. Gather ideas of gifts.
-This may be easier said than done, but let me explain how I go about this. Is there something that you know they love? One of my nieces loves Shopkins. I was shopping at Target the other day and found some Shopkins sunglasses on clearance, boom...Christmas stocking stuffer. Put things as simple as activities they enjoy, things they may have mentioned the last time you were together, items they may need.

3. Browse Groupon Goods.
-Let's talk about those expensive teenagers again. My Stepson wants a new laptop this year. While I think it's a great purchase, the first thing that comes to mind too many dollar signs. But, did you know that Groupon Goods has computers? I didn't, until now. Talk about a great deal! Guys, Groupons isn't just for coupons or local savings on a gym membership. Computers, computer accessories, and so much more. Now instead of dollar signs I'm seeing that heart eyed emoji know the one I'm talking about. I can't express my love for Groupon and the ease of finding SO many unique gifts on their site enough!

4. Keep an inventory of what you buy.
- I TRY to be done shopping with 90% of my list by Thanksgiving. It doesn't always happen, but it's possible. I keep track of what I buy on the note section of my phone also. I love knowing that I can check people and things off early and truly spend the holiday season baking cookies and goodies, doing fun things with my family, and relaxing at night by the tree wrapping gifts. When I'm not stressed out about how I'm going to get Christmas shopping done I can obviously enjoy everything else more.

5. Think outside the ((gift)) box.
-Christmas gifts don't always have to be items that you wrap. Be creative. Give things that last longer than a few uses. How about a yearly pass to a museum? Naming an animal in the wildlife? A handmade coupon book? There are so many fun things to dream up for your family and friends. Maybe you get the whole family involved and contribute to a larger gift wish for someone on your list. The options are endless, have some fun with gift giving.

Be sure to check out Groupon on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all the awesome deals!

For more ideas, apps and gift giving tips...check out these posts:
DIY Christmas Gifts
Gift Giving 101
Christmas Printables
Christmas Apps You Need

Happy Shopping friends!

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