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How to Enjoy Shopping and be Stress Free during the Holidays

Aug 17, 2007
Summer has just ended, the kids are back in school, and there is just the faintest touch of color to the trees that stands as testimony to a glorious fall season to come. Surely it is too soon to begin worrying about the Christmas holidays. Or is it?

We have all felt the pressure and stress that comes from trying to buy holiday presents for everyone at the last moment, the strain that it puts on our finances, and we all resolve not to fall into the same trap next year. And yet, year after year, many of us find ourselves repeating the same situation. Now is the time to start making plans so that you can enjoy shopping and be stress free during the holidays.

The best way to plan you shopping to be stress free during the holidays is to start buying some presents now. While this can be difficult to do for children, whose desires seem to change more often than the weather, it is possible to pick up presents for adult friends and family members. By getting the jump on some of these Christmas purchases, you can enjoy holiday shopping and be stress free during the holidays this year. Save those last minute purchases for those small children whose wish list continues to change. Not only will this save you time during the holidays, it will also lessen the strain on your pocket book since the cost of holiday shopping is spread out over several months instead of a few weeks.

You can enjoy shopping and be stress free during the holidays more if you consider doing some of your Christmas shopping online. Not only can you often find deals online that are significantly cheaper than anything that you could find locally, but you also avoid the hassle that comes from fighting off the holiday shopping crowd. Of course, doing your
Christmas shopping online requires some planning since you need to make your purchases at an early enough date to ensure that they will have been delivered by the time the holidays roll around. Many of the bigger online vendors publish dates that represent the last day that you can buy from their store and expect delivery by the holidays.

Another way to enjoy shopping and be stress free during the holidays is to set up a Christmas fund. This can be a separate bank account or just funding in your primary account that you do not touch. Adding some money to this account every pay period during the year will help out with the financial crunch brought on by the holidays. The memories of the holiday season provides joy all throughout the year, so it make sense to spread the cost out throughout the year as well.
About the Author
Jaci has two books coming out in October 2006 and November 2006, so be sure to watch for them. Shop for a Day with Jaci Rae - How to Get Something for Nothing and Collista's Search for the True Meaning of Christmas. http://www.christmaswithlove.com
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