It is almost no more days
left before the Christmas Eve, the series of celebrations and mountains of presents.
That is our tradition. We make guest visits, we buy presents for our family members,
colleagues and friends. And every year we have one same question: how to manage this insanity if New Year? How not to leave someone without a present or a greeting card? How to pick nice presents and do not discover yourself broke after the holidays?
The first and foremost – revise your time. Pick a day, sit down, concentrated and calm, and make a list of people you need to congratulate. It would be nice to make a list of desired presents, too. This is an elementary easy way of saving the time and the nerve, without the mad gallop of shopping. You will have a clear image of every single needed purchase in your mind. Of course, you should leave yourself some room for maneuver. You should be able to make changes to your list. Who knows, maybe you will accidently come across a sale of Hermes scarves, which your mom wished for so long?
Your second action should be an investigation of the market. It might sound scary, but all you should do essentially is to find out in which shops when do they have the most beneficial sales. Yes, this investigation might appear to be time-consuming, but having this information you might save lots and lots of money. Why to buy a lipstick for your sister for 20$, if you can buy two or even three of them later that week and provide your sister and your two best friends with presents?
And finally, the third issue, which also concerns time management. Whatever happens, do not leave everything on the last day. The sales start a few weeks before Christmas and the assortment of presents will be much more diverse. If you will buy several presents in the fourth or third week before Christmas, you will only gain.
If your Christmas plans contain a colossal home party, there is a special way for you to minimize the costs. Compose a menu and ask your guests to bring some food and drinks. Let some of the closest friends to come earlier to help you with cooking and decorations. It will provide a genuine atmosphere of support, love and care in the spirit of Christmas.