Simple steps for a stress-free festive season.

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“Let’s start Christmas planning a bit earlier next year, shall we?”

We say the same thing every year, don’t we? So why is that every year we leave it to the last minute and spend the festive run-up feeling like the Grinch who stole Christmas. Well, not this year! This year, we really are going to get ahead of the game – and maybe save a few bucks in the process!

My kind of Christmas!

First up, imagine this scene. It’s 23rd December and your Christmas preparations are complete. The pressies are wrapped. The lights are lit. The stockings are hanging. And the fridge is full. All you have to do tomorrow is look forward to the festivities. That’s our goal for 2018 – and this is how we’re going to do it.

Start early to beat the Christmas crunch.

Everything you need for the perfect family Christmas is already in the shops. So why wait ‘til Christmas week to buy everything? Just make a list of everything you need and start buying the household items and any food items that won’t spoil. Adding just a couple of items to your regular shop each week is a great way to spread the cost of Christmas too!

Goodbye crowds. Hello convenience.

These days, there’s no need to brave the crowds at your nearest Westfield to tick off your Christmas pressie list. Let the goodies come to you!  Online shopping makes it ridiculously easy to buy things online and get them delivered to your door. Everything from clothes and crafts to toys and tools can be bought online – often at lower prices than in the stores.

Share the cost of Christmas.

Christmas isn’t just hectic – it can be expensive too. So if you’re hosting friends and family this year, don’t be afraid to ask people to bring a plate or some drinks. Buying in bulk can also be a handy way of saving a few bucks on certain items – thanks Costco! – just make sure you only buy things you know you’re going to use.

Avoid panic buying and shopper’s regret

Starting early also lets you make more informed choices about Christmas purchases. When everything is left to the last moment, it’s tempting just to chuck everything into your shopping trolley and hope for the best. Inevitably, you end up making impulse purchases and spending more than you need to. By planning ahead, making lists and ticking things off, you’ll get everything you need – and nothing you don’t!

One final thought…

If you really want to get ahead of the game, start your Christmas shopping for next year when the Boxing Day sales start this year. There’s always great deals to be found on Christmas gear, and you might even be able to tick off a few pressies too! Happy hunting – and happy holidays!