WOW -The Holiday Season is in full swing. The weather is colder, the days are shorter, the tempers are getting warmer and the traffic is heavier. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
But even with the stress that this season brings, here are a few tips that will help you stay on track when it come to both your time and money budget.
- Make a list. If I said it once, I am going to say it 1000 times – make a list. Keeping track of what you have done and what still needs to be completed, will keep you pointed in the right direction.
- Stick to the list. There will be plenty of opportunities to try on shoes for yourself next month. Unless of course you need new shoes (or whatever) right now – it should be on the list.
- Considering the shipping. Do all, many or some of your gifts need to be shipped to family and friends? If so, consider the size of your anticipated purchase and decide what is the best method to ship? Stick with smaller items that are easily shipped from the post office. Larger items can probably be purchased online and shipped directly from the store. Remember what it takes to ship a package yourself; purchasing packing materials, packing the items, taking them to the shipping store.
- Use Click-n-Ship. The US Postal Office now offers online postage purchases. By using their free boxes, you can purchase a paid shipping label to your package. You can also arrange for a delivery person to pick up your packages at your mailbox or front door.
- Bundle purchases and stops. By bundling purchases from the same online retailer, you most likely will save on shipping. Are you shipping multiple items to the same city, but different locations? Consider asking a good friend or family to accept all your items and ask them to deliver the items or have items picked up at their home. Purchases that need to be bought in person, bundle them together so your stops are minimized.
- Get help. Ask friends if they are going to certain locations and can purchase or pick up a specialized item you need to purchase. Offer the same in return.
- Go out early or go out late. Shop and run your errands when everyone else isn’t.
Hope these few tips will help. Good luck out there. Stay warm and stay calm.
Time Saver/Time Management Guru
Finding more minutes in your day
“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. “
— Ralph Waldo Emerson