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Thursday Thrifty Throwdown: Holiday Countdown! 17 Weeks To Go!

Posted by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Taking a break from the whole back-to-school stuff...let's start humming Winter Wonderland, shall we? It's Holiday Countdown - 17 weeks and counting, ladies. Last week, we brainstormed. A master list of all of the parties, travel plans, what worked what didn't in years past when tackling the holidays, the décor, the gifts, the fun and, of course, the money.   

This week it is making another list - the people to whom we give those wrapped-up goodies and gifts. Since buying gifts (or gift making supplies) is probably the area where we spend the most money, making a comprehensive list of all that we need to buy and who to buy it for now, way in advance, gives us time to find the best deals and start buying now, to spread out that outlay of moolah.

Who to list? Don that Santa hat and write down everyone: family, friends, teachers, neighbors, people you want to remember at the end of the year (clergy people, doctors, the mailperson, hair person, the babysitter, and so on). Once you have the list, organize it into who you have to mail things to, who do you give a homemade gift to. Add in parentheses what you gave them last year if you can remember as well as kids' ages or sizes and all other relevant details so you don't have to search for them later.

Now start thinking about what you will give this year -- can one gift or gifts from on store work for a few (or many) people on that list? What DIY craft will you be making? In a few weeks, we will get into the nitty gritty of what to give and how to best save money while shopping, but for now, get it all organized onto a master list.   

How many folks are on your list this year? Have you ever forgotten someone?

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by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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michiganmom116
by Gold Member on Aug. 9, 2012 at 6:30 AM
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I keep a simple list:  his parents, my parents, our kids (and spouses/girlfriends if necessary), granddaughter, and our BFF couples (there are 3 at the moment.)  11 on the list.

jbyrd898
by Jessica on Aug. 9, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I dont think I have ever forgotten anyone.

cjsmom1
by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 8:16 AM
I have 13 people on my list. I usually start my list in October.
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cjsmom1
by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 8:18 AM
There's a Coach and Juicy outlet near me so I think I'll go there for gifts for all the women.
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elasmimi
by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I have already started my list, and bought a couple of gifts. Starting my annual Christmas notebook as soon as we are back into school routine.

MamaBear2cubs
by Nikki on Aug. 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I have 2 children and 3 adults this year.

aidansmommy219
by Gold Member on Aug. 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM
We will shop for Ds and dd. I like to pick up something for Dh if I can. I also like to shop for my mom and stepdad since they go all out for us. Dh sometimes will pick out something for his parents.
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sukainah
by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I have just 2 kids on our list.  We have different holidays and just celebrate with our family, so that makes it easier.  Though we do celebrate birthdays, which I have forgotten, so it would help if I got organized in that area of my life, make sure I have one place to write down all my birthdays and use the tips you suggested above.

KaylaMillar
by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM
My kids, DH , and the grandparents
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Leelee1008
by Bronze Member on Aug. 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM
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We mainly foccus on the kids only. dh and I will get each other a little something. I get my grandmom, my brother, mil and fil and 1 sister in law and thats about it. We get teachers but since my oldest is in middle school He will not be taking a gift since he will have several teachers. I found that sweets and treats go over much better for teachers then little trinkets do.

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