I have a new strategy I’m working on to help us get ready for the holidays (and birthdays too). Every two weeks I’m picking up a gift card and putting it away. That way, we’ll be set with presents for all the nieces and nephews by summer. And hopefully that will help us avoid the shock of spending that comes along every December (and can take me a couple of months to pay off).
So far I’m looking at Build-A-Bear cards for the littlest kids (and hopefully no one else has Sadie’s fear of the Bear-Stuffing machine) and maybe Nike or Barnes and Nobles cards for the older ones. Paul is a big fan of Amazon (as am I!).
Hopefully I’ll get a nice little stash of gift cards and will be prepared when birthdays come along too! I’m excited to see how my little plan is going to work out.