Did I say January? I know you’re thinking that I’m crazy, but I hope you’ll hear me out. The truth is that Christmas is the busiest time of year. It’s a time when we’re constantly visiting other people, hosting parties, decorating, or buying gifts. The end of the year doesn’t have to be this chaotic if you start planning in January. Also prepping in January is really easy and we’ll keep it to the basics. Don’t worry we’ll get to the harder stuff around July!
These Christmas in January tips aren’t just for sanity, but they will also save you loads of money throughout the year. I promise.
Set up your plan
This is where you start to think about who do you have to buy presents for and what do they like. You also evaluate how much wrapping paper you used this year. Think about how much money you spent in the months of November and December. Was it too much? Was it too much all at once? Think about the number of events you went to this year. Did you enjoy all of them? Did you miss out on any of your favorite traditions? It’s all about setting yourself up for an amazing prep for the end of the year season. This is the most important step because it will set you up for success with my other January prep plans.
Set a holiday budget
Evaluate how much money you actually want to spend on Christmas. Hopefully this year you’ll be doing it over 12 months instead of in just 2 months so I suggest breaking this down to how much you want to spend monthly and then looking at the total. You can totally spend less doing it over 12 months than you did over 2 months, because you’ll be able to look for sales on everything except this year’s hot ticket items. Is it important that your toddler has the hot ticket Elmo for Christmas or would an after Christmas sale make more sense? I mean they do have a birthday, right?
Buy your supplies now!
This is the time of year when your supplies will be the absolute cheapest. I can promise you that. I get my wrapping paper for like $.50/roll. You can buy some that doesn’t look like it was meant for Christmas to use for birthdays. I also suggest buying kid-friendly paper. They love seeing their favorite characters and knowing those are their presents. Also, this is a good time to look at the after Christmas sales on those hot items.
Deal with storage
After you’ve bought supplies for next year, you’ll want to organize that stuff in with your decorations. It’ll make everything easy to find for next Christmas if it’s all in one place and ready to go. Trust me! My entire Christmas decoration process takes about an hour!
Write down a list of traditions you don’t want to miss. This will remind you of why you’re doing all this early prep. You want to go to your town’s Christmas parade so you’re doing all this prep so you can go.
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