Holiday Planner 2013


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Holiday Planner 2013 | How to Save on Food for the Holidays | Printable Holiday Planner | Holiday Scheduler | Staff Planner

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.  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.  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 third year I have shared this 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!

Holiday Planner 2013 | How to Save on Food for the Holidays | Printable Holiday Planner | Holiday Scheduler | Staff Planner

{Get your 2013 Holiday Planning Workbook here}

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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?


  1. November 1 at 10:37AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I am sure it will come in handy for sure. Have a blessed day. 🙂

  2. Holly
    November 1 at 03:17PM

    Love it! Thanks Ruth!

  3. November 1 at 06:24PM

    What a nice e-book

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  4. November 4 at 12:14PM

    This is awesome, I printed last night filled out. And it looks pretty amazing on a paper. I have never thought to put my christmas shopping on a list and now its kind of shopping, I regret I havent printed earlier. But thank you,Ruth!

  5. Inna Olimpiyuk
    November 4 at 12:16PM

    I meant shocking*

  6. Sarah
    November 6 at 01:17AM

    Printing this one out asap! I usually always write down list after list, but to have it printed out neat and organized seems to me like Christmas shopping and all the other holiday bustle will be a breeze.

  7. November 6 at 01:30PM

    What a great planner/workbook! I’ve been looking for something *just* like this! Thank you so much for sharing it with everyone!

  8. Rachel
    November 22 at 10:06AM

    Just to expand on what I was trying to explain… An example might be when I make multiple “simple but sweet” items for Teaches, so room for names and details, to note when the item is given and so forth would really help.

  9. Ina
    November 23 at 10:37AM

    Thank you soooo much for all the tips and inspiration. I am a newbie to your blog, from South Africa, and love it. Thx

  10. Bobbi Steffens
    December 1 at 09:05PM

    Sounds like alot of great tips

  11. Desirae
    August 15 at 04:24PM

    Will you be coming out with an updated 2014 version on the holiday planner?

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 18 at 02:13PM

      Yes! 🙂

  12. nicole
    October 20 at 08:51PM

    Hi there ~

    Your tips are great and I love the holiday planning guide. Will you please update it for 2014?
    Thank you so much for all your efforts!

    • Ruth Soukup
      October 21 at 11:39AM

      Hi Nicole- It is being updated as we speak!!!! Look for it in November! 🙂

      • nicole
        October 21 at 11:50AM

        Yay! Thank you so much!

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