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?