Friday, November 12, 2010

Christmas Shopping Survival Guide

Nov 10, 2010 Georgina Bourdeau

Christmas is thundering toward us like a steam engine fully stoked. Anxiety levels are starting to rise as each day is marked off the calendar. Being prepared both in mind and body can alleviate the Christmas jitters. Having a well thought-out plan can make shopping during the holidays uncomplicated and reduce post holiday credit card debt.

What can we do to prepare ourselves before we set out to shop for presents?

First we have to be in a certain frame of mind. Preparing your body and mind is the first step. Rushing from work to the overcrowded department stores is definitely out of the question. Make sure you are in a good place, spiritually and bodily. This requires a well-rounded meal so that your body is fueled up. A soothing bath or shower, meditation, yoga, anything that can contribute to a feeling of well-being, will start you off on the right foot.

What do we plan ahead of time?

Santa Claus has a list for a reason, and so should you. Each shopping excursion should be short and productive, so keep your list to no more than ten people or presents. Any more than that on one outing will wear you down and make the shopping a chore rather than an adventure. Always have a budget for each gift. This will diminish your credit card debt after Christmas, and will give you the best bang for your buck.

Balance your list of easy gifts to buy with those that may be more difficult. From the grandma that has everything to your nephew who just moved out of the house, write down gift ideas for each person on your list. It narrows the search for you and helps you combine gift searching in one department. This alleviates aimless wandering and impulse shopping.

When is the best time to do my Christmas Shopping?

Many large stores like Wal Mart have truly blessed the Christmas shopper by staying open all night during the Christmas season. The stores are like ghost towns compared to the daytime peak hours.

Christmas shopping can truly be painless and satisfying if you are prepared both in mind and body. You can survive the Christmas season both financially and mentally if you plan a list, stick to it and shop in the stores during their low traffic periods. Remember your survival guide to holiday shopping and embrace the Christmas spirit.

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