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Thursday Thrifty Throwdown: Holiday Countdown! 16 Weeks To Go!

Posted by on Aug. 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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All together now: Ho! Ho! Ho! Only 16 weeks until December. Time to start thinking about actually purchasing some gifts. One great way to stay on budget and keep the whole money element of the holidays manageable is to start early and spread out the shopping.

But starting early could also mean when November rolls around, you forget what you bought back in September. Now, you have your master list, which you can use and mark up and keep everything...but there is an easier way. Enter a handy-dandy app. Yup, there is an app for your Santa-ing (okay, I made that word up). Find one that works for you and streamline the whole gift buying process and never worry about forgetting what you have already bought your Cousin Courtney and Aunt Bella. 

Gift List - Pick your own background theme on this very pretty, simple app. You can tally budgets per person as well as over all money you have spent or have left to spend, enter notes and more.

Better Christmas List - This one allows you to categorize the folks on your list into groups (Friends, Family, Work, and so on) and you can have it "locked" to keep from little naughty fingers clicking on it and seeing what they may be getting under the tree.

Santa's Bag: Christmas Gift List --  Santa wishes he had this app (maybe he does already?). As you enter in preferences like size or favorite color or what you have given in the past, it stores it for next year - genius! And in case you are buying a ton of the same gift, you can organize your list by gifts (like to buy, to send, to order, who it goes to) rather than by people...oh yeah, this one is chock full of goodies. 

How do you keep track of your gift list during the holidays?

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by on Aug. 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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MamaBear2cubs
by Nikki on Aug. 16, 2012 at 6:32 AM

I don't do lists I buy as I see things.

captain..
by on Aug. 16, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Wow 16 weeks ...

michiganmom116
by Gold Member on Aug. 16, 2012 at 6:44 AM
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I have a list on my computer, disguised under an innocent-looking filename.

cjsmom1
by on Aug. 16, 2012 at 8:36 AM
I start out by writing a list of everyone I need to buy gifts for
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cjsmom1
by on Aug. 16, 2012 at 8:36 AM
I then write down what I want to get each person
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cjsmom1
by on Aug. 16, 2012 at 8:38 AM
As I get the gifts I cross people off my list
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Charizma77
by Carissa on Aug. 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM
I have a notebook that I keep all my lists in
i.heart.myboys
by Amber E on Aug. 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Normally with certain people we make a list and than sometimes I'll see something that just jumps out at me. My mother in law and parents are kind of like that. If I see something that might like I get it for them.

MDWife12
by on Aug. 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I usually buy as I see stuff but I also make a list if that makes ANY sense :) I can't believe Christmas will be here in such a short amount of time O.o where does the year go?!?!

Stevensmomma
by on Aug. 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM

i make a list on my computer and it reminds me of what i have and need

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