Monday, October 23, 2017

Easy Ways to Prepare Now for Christmas

Easy ways to Prepare Now for Christmas!

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I know it seems early,
but it's time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday!

Today I have some easy ways to 
prepare now for Christmas!


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Buy Gift Cards

Every time you go to the store,
buy an extra gift card.
You can put the gift cards toward Christmas gifts,
or even use them for groceries or meals during Christmas time.


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Buy Christmas items

As you see items through out the year,
buy them.
I found these vintage bulbs and Santa mugs
at Goodwill this week.




Find Inspiration

Keep magazines from
past holidays to glean ideas from.

And it's always fun to pick up a few new ones
every year as well!




Keep a List

Keep an ongoing Christmas list.
I keep one in my iPhone.
I have a list of everyone I buy gifts for 
and ideas for gifts.
I also keep track of what I've purchased.

Did you know that you can pass-code lock your iPhone?
In the note, push the square with the arrow in the 
upper right hand corner.
When the menu comes up from the bottom,
push lock note.  
Then put in a pass-code.


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Credit Card Points

Use a credit card through out the 
year that has credit card points.

At Christmas time, 
cash in those points to buy gifts or
gift cards to use as Christmas gifts.


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Get cash back from purchases

You can get cash back from ibotta and other sites.
These sites pay you for
products you buy anyway.

Use the code {    nvheahb    }
to sign up for ibotta.
You will get $10 just for signing up 
and I will get a referral bonus.


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What other ways do you prepare
for Christmas?


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12 comments:

  1. Great tips!! Christmas always springs up on me even though I know it's the same day every year! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Emily!! Have a great day!

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  2. yeah the shopping early spreads out the stress and the finances. I'd really like to get working on xmas this November. I always say I should work on the cards before Thanksgiving as well! http://www.mommatogo.com

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    1. I'm trying to get my shopping done earlier too!

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  3. These are such great ideas!! The older I get the more I want to get involved in Christmas, in the sense of me giving rather than just receiving. Since I moved out for college I have a new excitement because now I can decorate my own tree and celebrate the Christmas spirit while at college but go home for the week of Christmas. I love the tip of buying gift cards. It's so clever. It's like purposefully putting money aside. Also, if you get them from gift card granny you can save a lot of money :) Thanks for the great post!

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  4. can't believe Christmas is almost here!! thanks for the great ides :)

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  5. I am so excited for christmas! So happy you are too!

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  6. Thanks for all the great ideas! I definitely need to start doing some of these so it isn't all last minute. Thanks!

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  7. These are all great tips! I'm so ready for the holidays. It snowed yesterday and the snow is already melting, but seeing it on the pine trees totally put me in the Christmas spirit!

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Thanks for your comments!