Holiday Planner 2014

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Happy November! Is it just me or has this year seemed to fly by?  I am having a hard time believing that it is already time to start planning & preparing for the holiday season once again.

As my girls get older and begin participating in more activities, my husband and I are finding it increasingly important to prioritize, and to be intentional with our time and energy.   We want them to grow up knowing the true meaning of Christmas, remembering happy memories with our family, the special traditions and the joy of giving back, not just the stuff.

It can be very difficult at this time of year to keep your stress and budget under control.  (Want to know exactly how stressed you are?  Take our Holiday Stress Test to find out!)  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 more 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.  For more tips on keeping your Thanksgiving & Christmas food budget in check, be sure to also read this post on How to Save on Food for the Holidays.

This is the fourth year I have shared a Holiday Planning Workbook, and I have personally found it to be a very useful tool for setting our priorities as a family and for planning our holiday budget, gift list, and grocery needs all in one (very cute) place.  My hope is that you will use it to plan your own stress-free, budget-friendly holiday. Here’s to a holiday season filled with joy and peace!

To have the planner sent directly to your inbox, simply sign up using the email box directly below this paragraph.  You will also receive our 12 Days to a Stress Free Holiday Challenge via email, beginning November 15th!

NOTE:  The signup box should appear directly ABOVE this sentence.  If for some reason it doesn’t, instead use the signup box found at the top of the sidebar to the left of this post!  Thanks!

Stress Free Christmas Challenge Begins November 15th

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Do you find the holiday season stressful or joy-filled?  What are your favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions?  What are some things you would like to do differently this year?

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  • Jillian November 1,

    Yay! I was wondering if you were going to do a new planner this year! I have used your holiday planner every year! Love it!!

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  • Rebecca Davis November 1,

    How can I get the planner without having to turn on Apps in Facebook. I really rather not do that.

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    • Ruth Soukup November 1,

      I just adjusted the settings so you can sign up directly with your email account. :-)

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      • Anonymous November 1,

        Thanks! Got the planner!!

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  • Linda November 1,

    Yes please.

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  • Susan Purcell November 1,

    Yes, please!

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  • April wood November 1,

    Yes please!

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  • Rhonda November 1,

    I have used Flylady Holiday Journal over the years and anxious to incorporate some of your ideas also!
    Have a wonderful fall! Rhonda

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  • Holly November 1,

    I love the new design! Thank you for this resource!

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  • Sheila Modine November 1,

    this would be awesome!

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  • Cindy Demonbreun November 1,

    Thanks. I cant wait.

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  • karen Hanson November 1,

    thanks!

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  • Jessi Fearon (@TheBudgetMama) November 1,

    Oooooo! I love this idea and can’t wait to get mine! :)

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  • Cathy November 1,

    Great idea

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  • Patti November 1,

    Thanks

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  • patty mclaughlin November 1,

    sounds so helpful! thank you!

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  • linda wessell November 1,

    I would love a copy of the holiday planner

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    • Ruth Soukup November 2,

      Hi Linda, to get the planner you just need to fill in your name and email in the box at the end of the post–it will be sent directly to your inbox! :-)

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  • Amy Hellard November 1,

    Yes please!!!

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    • Ruth Soukup November 2,

      Hi Amy, to get the planner you just need to fill in your name and email in the box at the end of the post–it will be sent directly to your inbox! :-)

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  • Teresa November 1,

    I can’t wait to receive mine!

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  • Kelly November 1,

    Yes, please!

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    • Ruth Soukup November 2,

      Hi Kelly, to get the planner you just need to fill in your name and email in the box at the end of the post–it will be sent directly to your inbox! :-)

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  • leslie November 1,

    Thank you

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  • marti guy November 1,

    thank you

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  • Tammy November 1,

    I’d love a copy!

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    • Ruth Soukup November 2,

      Hi Tammy, to get the planner you just need to fill in your name and email in the box at the end of the post–it will be sent directly to your inbox! :-)

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  • Stephanie Armstrong November 1,

    Would love planner !!!

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    • Ruth Soukup November 2,

      Hi Stephanie, to get the planner you just need to fill in your name and email in the box at the end of the post–it will be sent directly to your inbox! :-)

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  • Kellee November 1,

    I would love a planner. Thank you!

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    • Ruth Soukup November 2,

      Hi Kellee, to get the planner you just need to fill in your name and email in the box at the end of the post–it will be sent directly to your inbox! :-)

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  • Cheryl Hulme November 1,

    Would love to have the Holiday Planner!

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    • Ruth Soukup November 2,

      Hi Cheryl, to get the planner you just need to fill in your name and email in the box at the end of the post–it will be sent directly to your inbox! :-)

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  • Karen November 1,

    Yes, I would like this as well! Thank you!

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  • Dawn Irving November 1,

    Thank you!

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  • Patricia Vanderfeltz November 1,

    Thank You

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  • Cindy November 1,

    Please send me the link. Thanks!

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    • Ruth Soukup November 2,

      Hi Cindy, to get the planner you just need to fill in your name and email in the box at the end of the post–it will be sent directly to your inbox! :-)

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  • Jennifer November 1,

    Thanks for the offer. Looking forward to the planner.

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  • JUDY ANN November 1,

    tHANKS FOR THE PLANNER

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  • Mel Curtis November 1,

    ooh please!

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  • Sierra November 1,

    I would like a copy!

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    • Ruth Soukup November 2,

      Hi Sierra, to get the planner you just need to fill in your name and email in the box at the end of the post–it will be sent directly to your inbox! :-)

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  • Sandra Sylvester November 1,

    I would like a copy!

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  • Gennie November 1,

    would love one!

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  • Kristie Jones November 1,

    Looks helpful

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  • Erica November 1,

    Thanks! I so need this!

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  • rachel November 1,

    def. interested

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    • Ruth Soukup November 2,

      Hi Rachel, to get the planner you just need to fill in your name and email in the box at the end of the post–it will be sent directly to your inbox! :-)

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  • Tina November 2,

    Yes please!!!

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  • Stephanie Eversoll November 2,

    I would love this!!

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  • Sarah Wilson November 2,

    Cool, thanks 😀

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  • Edith November 2,

    It would be great & very helpful, even for a French Family ! I really need one !

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  • Chrysti November 2,

    Thank you!

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  • Beckie November 2,

    I would love a copy!

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  • Cari November 2,

    Would love a planner!

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  • Katie Cittadini November 2,

    would love a copy of the planner.

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    • Ruth Soukup November 2,

      Hi Katie, to get the planner you just need to fill in your name and email in the box at the end of the post–it will be sent directly to your inbox! :-)

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  • Marie November 2,

    I would love one!!!!

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    • Ruth Soukup November 2,

      Hi Marie, to get the planner you just need to fill in your name and email in the box at the end of the post–it will be sent directly to your inbox! :-)

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  • sharon keech November 2,

    send me the holiday planner please.

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  • Dana November 2,

    Can’t wait to use this!

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  • Lynn November 2,

    I would love a copy… I have a horrible time at the holidays with very little money and a very large
    family… how do I do about getting this, I saw a l to of links, but when I followed them, they didn’t tell me
    how to get a copy of your book..
    Thank you for all that you do… you’ve make my life easier year around.

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  • linda wessell November 2,

    I would love a copy

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  • Leslie November 2,

    Awesome! I’d like a copy too. Great job, I can’t wait to check it out!

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  • Jackie November 2,

    I would love a copy!

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  • Tammy November 3,

    I would love a copy!

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  • Abbie Orr November 3,

    Hi! Could I have a copy of the free holiday planner?
    Thanks so much!!

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  • Lori Mayer November 3,

    I would love to have a planner.

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  • Alison Ryan November 3,

    I would love the planner. thanks!

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  • Nancy Bittel November 3,

    I would love the planner but can’t see either of the sign up links mentioned.

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  • Kelly Cykosky November 3,

    Thank You so much!

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  • Tammy Kittrell November 3,

    Thanks so much

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  • amy goodwin November 3,

    I would like a copy of the holiday planner please and THANK YOU!!

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  • Kris November 3,

    Y

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  • zelia Llamas November 3,

    I’d love one

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  • julianne November 3,

    Yes please

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  • Jamie November 3,

    you have “Hanukkah Starts” written twice… Sounds fun, but maybe it should end sometime? :)

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    • Anonymous November 3,

      in the calendar…

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  • Connie November 4,

    I received the first email to confirm my subscription. I received the 2nd email that shows a “link” to download the planner. However, the link will not work. The page shows blank. Help!

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  • Karen November 5,

    Thank you so much for offering this! I’m looking forward to learning some new ways to organize everything for the holidays!

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  • Barbara November 5,

    Thank you.

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  • Mel November 5,

    Hi, I can’t see the sign up area at all?

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  • Victoria November 6,

    Looks like a wonderful tool

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  • Sheila Casey November 7,

    Where can the planner be purchased

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  • gigi November 9,

    What a beautiful and useful planner! Thank you for all the things you offer to others!

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  • liz cortez November 10,

    Please send holiday book

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  • Sandra Cook November 10,

    thank you.

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  • Rachel November 11,

    Add me please!

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  • Lisa Fredricks November 12,

    Beginner would love to receive a planner. Thanks!!!!

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  • Peggy November 14,

    I would like a copy of ur holiday planner for 2014. thank u

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  • Shiree November 14,

    I can’t wait until tomorrow! I could really use one “stress free” right now!

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  • Tonya November 17,

    I signed up for your Stress Free Holiday Challenge on Saturday, but I did not get an email confirmation nor any videos.

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    • Mariya November 17,

      Me too!!!

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  • connie barton November 18,

    thanks in advance. your website is very helpful

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  • tammy castro November 19,

    Id love to have a planner

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  • nikki November 20,

    Cannot wait!!!

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  • Susan Hart November 24,

    please send the planner thanks

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  • Coffee Break & Chocolate Cake November 28,

    What a great idea and thoughtful post! I think we all need to remind ourselves of these things during the upcoming holidays.

    Reply

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