This week we are all about planning.
I promised more info on how to use the free Christmas Budget Planners I put together for you.
So I made a little video for you with details on how to use the spreadsheet. Click here to watch it and let me know if you have any questions!
I also wanted to explain the purpose of the Christmas Gift Pocket Planner pages that you should have received as a Christmas Deals newsletter subscriber. (Sign up here if you haven’t yet and these tools will arrive in your inbox right away!)
Here’s how I’m using mine:
For the past couple of years, I’ve been using a Christmas organizer that I purchased on Amazon. It worked fairly well, but one of my main issues was that it was just too big. I wanted something that I could slip in my purse when I head to the store.
So I got the idea to make my own pocket planner. Using a plastic sleeve picture album from the dollar store and the mini spreadsheet I created, here is what I came up with:
I slipped the sheets behind the plastic, but if you’d like easier access, you might consider gluing them on the outside of the sleeve.
I also decided to label a Coupon section and Receipts section. Now I no longer have any excuses when I lose either of them!
I’m excited to have a plan in place for my gift budgeting. I hope these tools can be a resource for you as well.
How about you? Have you had success with gift budget planning? Leave a comment with your best tips!
vicki cothren says
I’ve been making one of these for years!!! They are so helpful – I also have a section for christmas cards, so I know who I sent to and who sent to me so I can keep up for the next year. It also helps to have those receipts all together!!!