In light of the sad economic climate that we can’t seem to climb out of, it is increasingly challenging to finance our holiday activities, and satisfy our needs and wants. We yearn to feel cheerful while partaking in the holiday spirit, and yet many of us find it difficult and struggle with restricted budgets. But regardles of income, the one thing that should remain as a standard imperative is organizing your holiday goals.
Whether it be party planning or gift shopping, making lists and committing to them is still one of the best ways to focus during a harried holiday season. This is a joyful time, so do your best to make it so. Shopping any retail store at this time of year can be overwheming with all the sensory overload. It kind of sucks you in; the twinkling lights, ringing bells, and piped in Xmas songs resounding everywhere are intoxicating. Truth be told, the first time you hear the holiday music it does exude a certain welcomed measure of glee, but after continuous weeks of shopping it can become incessant and unnerving (forgive me for my scrooge tude, just being honest here).
More importantly, if you have don’t have a specific person in mind, you will find yourself roaming aimlessly for hours and most probably exit, confused, distraught, and empty-handed. Go home, make a list. Jot down the friends, family, etc. for whom you need to buy gifts for, estimate how much you’re going to spend for each, and carry it with you so you can refer to it while shopping. Have an agenda in mind (and on paper) before you go shopping.
It may sound unnecessarily elementary, but without it, you can get distracted and side- tracked and perhaps in danger of buying something you don’t need. If you stay on task, you won’t be shocked when the credit card bills arrive because YOU planned for it. Being prepared and organized will guide you and prevent you from getting in over your head. Be merry, not stressed.