Sheri here –
What was your first thought when you really, really looked at the calendar and it sunk it that “It is October!”?
Did you think: “No way. How did that happen? It absolutely, positively can not be. Only yesterday it was New Years, no Valentine’s Day, no, no, no.”
“You know what that means don’t you – tomorrow the year is over.”
Well, it certainly seems like it happens that fast.
Are you more laid back, along the lines: “Hmmm, I guess it really is October.”
The days and years seem to be going faster and faster.
I’m more in the first category, the, really, it can’t be October already category.
Ready, Set, GO!
That means it is time to start bracing for the HOLIDAYS – both your finances and your calendar. The planning window may have already closed!
Let me ask you: Are you 1) ignoring the holidays, hoping they will go away; 2) thinking about how you will manage the time and cost; 3) already behind; or 4) “I got this!”? Drop a comment below with your answer!
Halloween decorations are already popping up around town. The kids are getting excited about what they are going to wear, and the festivities devoted to scary pleasures and sugary treats.
Then its November. While we spend portions of November planning Thanksgiving dinner, everywhere you look are reminders that the December holidays are just around the corner.
But to me, November is a time of reflection, a time of gratitude and a time of giving thanks for all the blessings in life. How about you?
In many ways, these next months stretch our pocketbooks, our patience and our time more than any other period during the year.
Now might be a good time to grab your calendar and a piece of paper and make a time and money plan, if you haven’t already mapped it out. Ok, so, there are only a few weeks left; but maybe, you are still in time to save a bit of your sanity!
Holiday Money Planning Tips
To help you get started, here are 5 holiday money planning tips:
- Make a holiday budget and STICK to it.
- Consider giving gifts only to the children in the family, including the extending family.
- Reduce the number of gifts that you buy per family member.
- DIY (Do It Yourself) and make your gifts. Make it a family fun project.
- Give precious memories for gifts; e.g. a photo book or a personal poem for a special person.
Do you have a favorite money saving tip or two for the holidays?
May you have a magnificent week, even if you are as stunned as I am that it is October!
Ciao and hugs,
P.S. If you need help planning your holiday strategy and want to talk schedule a call with me here!