Preparing for the holidays when your budget is tight can be stressfull if you run by the seat of your pants. With proper planning and prioritizing you can enjoy a fabulous Christmas that is not full of stress and anxiety.
Prioritize your gift list. Restrict your gift giving to the people who are closest to you in your life. Your immediate family members should be on this list. Do not feel obligated to purchase gifts for everyone in your workplace, church, or clubs that you hold membership in. Ignore the pressure of gift exchanges, you can politely excuse yourself without explination or feeling like you are in the principals office.
Focus on what you can do. What do you want your child or immediate family members to experience on Christmas? If a nice meal is important, choose the best menu that your budget can afford. There are gifts at every price point available.
Search for gifts baseds soley on your list. Create your list of names and possible gifts. Write down the number of gifts you are purchasing for each family member. If finances are realy tight, consider shopping outside of the mall. Write down a few specific gift ideas for each person. For example if you are considering buying new clothes for your tween daughter, write down her size. Write down possible pieces of clothing, and her favorite colors.
Stick with your list and when shopping. Truly stretch your budget by shopping where you can get the most for your dollar. Shop pawn shops, garage sales, thrift stores, dollar tree, then discount stores, and lastly department stores.
It is entirely possible to pick up many different items that are fabulous and form them into an incedible gift for Christmas. You can create gift bags filled with many different items. After the wrapping paper is all over your living room, will your children even be interested in playing with those toys you were stresed out about purchasing? Budget, plan, and think differently about your purchases to create a great Christmas holiday.