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10 Holiday Survival Tips

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I’m participating in the Spend-Less Holidays: Saving While Savoring the Season Blog Carnival, hosted by The Frugal Fil-Am and Dainty Mom. We’ll be sharing our tips on how to spend less this holiday season, so that we can have a more meaningful Christmas. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.

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The hussel and bussel of Black Friday is over but the stress of the Holidays  is only just beginning.Don’t worry though we have 10 Holiday survival tips that are sure to help you have a stress free holiday.This year spend less time worrying about to how plan, organize and tackle and spend more time with your family.

  • Purge those Toys : Now is the time to go through old toys. Pull all the ones with broken wheels and missing parts. You may have toys in good condition that your kids have simply outgrown. You can donate then to the Salvation Army.
  • Wrap Now :  Start wrapping gifts now as you buy so your not scrambling at the last minute.If you have several kids, use one color wrapping paper for each child so it makes Christmas morning smoother.
  • Make a Check List: Start a check list of all things you are wrapping so you don’t forget what you bought and end up buying double.
  • Delegate: Don’t try to tackle your entire to do list yourself.Get the family involved and delegate those chores.
  • Preparation: Prepare holiday treats and gifts early. Cookies freeze well as do diced veggies etc. for recipes.
  • Stock Up: Now is a good time to stock up on things like batteries. There is nothing worse than opening up presents on Christmas day only to find out batteries are not included. Make sure you have plenty of screwdrivers and scissors on hand to make Christmas day go smoothly.
  • Shop Ahead: The day after Christmas is a great time to shop for the next year. You’ll save up to 50% and save your insanity as well.
  • Keep it Simple: Take the emphasis off ‘things’ and put it on what is most important, the people!   Visit family, tell old stories, go over photo albums and have a meal together. Invite old friends and new. Enjoy the food, music, laughter and love. No Gifts.
  • Take Time for Yourself: Go get that mani & pedi you have been putting off. Grab hubby and plan a date night. It’s important to take time off from the holidays and focus on making sure you are rested and ready to get back in the game.
  • Make a Holiday Binder: Start collecting holiday recipes, making a guest list, shopping list and even decorating ideas. This will ensure you don’t forget anything important. You will be able to keep everything in one place.

(Thanks to Princess Karen and CQ Readers  Kelli H., Laurie C. and Melissa T. for submitting tips. )

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