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LWSL Holiday Planning Guide {Free Printable}

The holidays are right around the corner!  I don’t know about you , but my feelings are mixed.  On the one hand, I truly love this time of year, but at the same time, I can’t help feel a little stressed.  There are so many expectations!  So many things to do!  So many things to buy!

As my girls get older, I am finding it increasingly important to keep my priorities in check.  I want them to grow up knowing the true meaning of Christmas, not being caught up in the commercialism of it all.  I want them to remember happy memories with our family, the special traditions and the joy of giving back.

It can be very difficult at this time of year to keep your budget under control.  There is seemingly always one more present to buy, one more ingredient to get, or one more card to send.  While it is easy to put off dealing with the repercussions until later, all those little costs can add up to a lot of stress come January.

Good planning is SO key!  It is so important to decide now what you can afford to spend, and to break it down into categories to get a clear idea of what that means for your family.   And in the spirit of stockpiling, planning your menus, grocery lists, and gift needs ahead of time will also mean giving yourself an opportunity to stock up on the items you need when they are at their lowest possible price.

This year I thought it would be fun and helpful to put together a little holiday planning guide for myself, something that allowed us to set our priorities as a family and help me plan my budget, gift list, and grocery needs all in one (cute) place.  And because I’m nice like that, I thought I would make it into a fun download for you all.  Consider it an early Christmas gift!

You can download & print the guide here:

LWSL Holiday Planning eWorkbook

I encourage you all to spend this time this week filling out this workbook and tackling your holiday planning head-on!  If you need some ideas for Thanksgiving menu planning, you can check out my favorite Thankgsiving recipes here and more favorite Thanksgiving recipes here.

If you do have a lot of gifts on your list this year, be sure to check daily the new Holiday Deals page on Saving Well Spending Less.  Alisha, Jenny, & I will be working hard all season long to bring you the best prices on the holiday items you are looking for.  Be sure to let us know if there is something specific you are looking for, and we will do our best to find a rock bottom price for you!

Finally, just a quick reminder that my final Mega Coupon Workshop of 2011 will be held this coming Saturday, November 5th in Punta Gorda.  If you live in Southwest Florida and would like to attend, please email me as soon as possible at ruth@livingwellspendingless.com to register.  Hope to see you there!

9 Comments

  1. November 2 at 02:27PM

    You did a great job on this. I’ve already started my Christmas shopping; your holiday guide inspired me to starting thinking about Christmas cards and reminds me that there’s a lot to do! I better get started ….

  2. Alisha
    November 2 at 02:50PM

    Love it…thanks!

  3. AlohaKaarin
    November 2 at 03:30PM

    Just printed out your onion pull-apart rolls recipe!! YUMMY!
    P.S Thank you for including the Winter Solstice on your holiday calender!

  4. Kristine
    November 3 at 04:00AM

    Thank you for sharing this holiday workbook with us! It will personally help me a lot since I usually just wing-it. I love having a plan and budget like this all ready for me to just fill in. Thanks!

  5. November 4 at 01:51AM

    Thank you for sharing! What a wonderful workbook! 🙂

  6. yaina victores
    November 10 at 05:13PM

    love everything you do on this site i just began couponing with you iam going on my 4th week still learning

  7. November 15 at 12:27PM

    This is awesome, thank you! Planning for the holidays can be very stressful and it does help to write things down and keep things organized. 🙂

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