There are only a little over 5 weeks left before Christmas. How crazy is that? I can’t believe we were just starting a new school year and now it’s time for the Holidays. Having 4 children at home and 3 of them being under the age of 10 there are times it feels as if they want it all when it comes to their Christmas Wish List. Like most parents know there are several different levels of requests:
“I really like that”
“I’ll be good if…”
“I NEED it!”
The first few years of having multiple children at home all with their own wants and wishes for the Holidays I admit I became ‘that woman‘ in the store arms and cart full the week before Christmas. I would have coupons and flyers in hand trying to get those Special Sales Prices and not at all happy about the Holidays.
Add to my shopping frustration that I also have 4 birthdays from the end of November through January I could easily become overwhelmed and even over-spent. It wasn’t until my oldest daughter was around 3 or 4 did I realize I needed a better process. I needed a plan.
Tricks To Keep Your Sanity Over The Holidays
Here are a few of the ‘tricks and tips’ I have learned that help me be the great Mom who may Christmas wished come true but still keep my sanity especially when my children want it all.
Don’t wait until the week before Christmas thinking you’ll catch all the Great Deals
Everyone else is thinking the same thing
Waiting to long can risk the item being sold out
You also increase you chances of facing a mob all looking for the same deal
Start searching out deals a month prior
Use layaway: most stores offer special deals simply for buying early
Check online discount stores
They usually have the same items and quality at discounted prices
Know Your Children
Know what your child likes
Start your gift selections a early
Make note of items your children pay close attention to (commercials, stores, etc.)
Use Those Rewards!
All the reward points, birthday coupons and membership benefits you’ve racked up all year? Use Them!
I have saved up to $75 simply by using my rewards, points and coupons during the Holidays instead of throughout the year.
It’s Okay To Say ‘No’
Just because they want it all doesn’t mean they need it all
Make a major gift and minor gift list
I always allow 1-2 major gifts per child (anything between $50-100)
Then whatever else they get becomes a minor gift ($10-$20)
A great way to save money and still allow you child to get something they really want
Children don’t always need the hottest item as soon as it is released
The Holidays are when companies release their newest items
Most times these also include their newest bugs and malfunctions
Why not wait until after the Holiday for certain things?
Be sure they live up to the hype of the Holiday advertisements
I may not be the perfect holiday shopper just yet but I have learned that these tips have helped me take a lot of stress off my mind and my wallet as the Holidays approach and it seems as if my children want it all.
How do you handle the Holiday gift requests?
Do your children seem to want it all?
Are you a last minute shopper or a planner?