Mindful things you can do now for the holidays

     I know we're still a few weeks away from Halloween so it seems ridiculous to be planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  However, if you hear me out you might agree there are some things that make sense to start doing now.  After Halloween Thanksgiving comes pretty fast. Then the 4 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas really fly by. 

     So here are a few things to think about now from me and the website Pure Wow: 

     Set a gift budget. Save some money now so you don't have to use those credit cards in December.  Banks used to encourage saving for the holidays with "Christmas Clubs." I guess these days they'd rather see you pay high interest on their credit cards. 

     If you do plan to use credit cards for your holiday purchases, make sure you know which ones offer the most benefits. Call the credit card company and see if you can get your interest rate lowered too. I use my credit cards all year and save the cash back points for the holidays. Then I order gift cards for the people on my shopping list.

     Start scheduling your holiday traditions now. Call your friends and pick the days for your holiday lunches. Look at the calendar and decide what day you should do your holiday baking. I already have 90 percent of my Kids Christmas Concert Series scheduled.  Of course, sometimes you have to wait to plan things, but the more you can do now the better.   

     Get your house in shape.  You can start to get rid of clutter and organize the kitchen now. Then all you have to do is keep after it. The just before you start your holiday entertaining all you have to do is a little extra cleaning.  If you start straightening up little by little now it will be much easier next month. 

Source: Pure Wow

 

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