We are officially halfway through September, which means school is going full swing, and for most of us life is beginning to settle back down into a steady routine. Which makes this the perfect time to start planning ahead!
Planning for what, you might be wondering? Why, the upcoming holiday season!
I know, I know. No one wants to think about Thanksgiving and Christmas right now. Not when it still feels like summer outside, and we haven't even hit Halloween. But hear me out. November and December often end up being super stressful months. Instead of enjoying the holidays and spending time with friends and family, many of us end up running around and trying to get that last minute gift, that last minute ingredient for that last minute dish, or dashing from party to party in an attempt to not leave anyone out. That doesn't really leave room for holiday cheer.
A little planning ahead of time can help alleviate a lot of that stress. Now, I'm not suggesting that anyone needs to create a play by play of how the entire holiday season is supposed to go. But some things can be done ahead of time.
Decide on Your Budget:
If you go ahead and decide how much you want to spend on the holidays now, it'll help curb impulse spending when the holidays arrive.
Start Writing Down Ideas for Presents:
We all have that person in our lives that's really hard to shop for. Instead of putting off shopping for them, start thinking things through. You don't have to purchase anything now (though if you see something on sale, it might be a good idea), but start keeping a list as you think of things. This'll take out a lot of the stress when you start shopping later.
Start Pulling Together Travel Plans:
Are you traveling for either Thanksgiving or Christmas? Those are both big holidays for travel, so if yes, it'll help to plan ahead. Start getting dates hammered out, and if you're going to need time off of work you'll want to be sure you're getting the request in early.
These are just a few things that you can start doing now to make sure that when the holiday season actually arrives, you're getting to spend more time enjoying the holidays, and less time stressing over them.