I had a budget, I had a plan, and I had all the tools for success. How’d I do with Christmas shopping? Let’s see.
After careful consideration, I have chosen not to repost the original spreadsheet, as so protect those who may feel short changed or overly gifted the way that the numbers fell out. Nobody was I promise, I was just a better shopper for some items. Anyway, I’ll speak in mostly general terms here.
Total Budget. $1100
Actual Amount Spent. $1,136
Extra Gifts Purchased (unplanned). 6
Total Cost of Extra Gifts. $89
Total number of gifts under budget. 13
Total number of gifts exceeding budget. 7
- Factor in Tax – DUH. Of the 7 items over budget, 5 of them are tax/shipping costs, because I didn’t account for either of these.
- Plan for a few extras for floating present people and kids we may have
- Try to have some of the list ready for black Friday and Cyber Monday. I got my best deals during cyber week, but I was unprepared for several people so I missed quite a few good bargains.
- Start early for stocking stuffers. I got lucky this year, finding the bag of stuffers in the coat closet which saved me about 10% on each stocking. That will not be the case next year. Unless there’s a forgotten bag hanging out in the garage somewhere.
- Do NOT buy any more wrapping paper. I purchased a wrapping paper organizer bag last New year. And I pulled it out to pack up the wrapping stuff this year. I have so much paper! I must hoard it before and after the holidays. I do not need anymore until Ike is old enough to remember that it was the same wrap as last year.
- Make extra room for more Christmas wine. I didn’t have nearly enough this year.
*Linked at Thrifty Thursday.