If you hate the holiday crowds and the dent that Christmas shopping puts in your bank account, perhaps you should take a page from this woman's book.
Australian mom Aoife Morrison lives with her husband, Jason, and two-year-old daughter, Willow. They're a single-income family, but with a bit of forward thinking, Aoife has all her Christmas presents set — in July.
"There's only 22 weeks until Christmas and I've tried telling my friends and family that forward planning is the best thing to do. I wrote a list with every gift I intended to buy and have since ticked every item off my list. I'm officially ready for Christmas," she told the Mirror.
In April, the 33-year-old wrote out a list of all the presents she needed to buy for the year, and her total came to around $700 AUD (about $550). She did a bit of math and determined that she could put aside just $20 every week and she would soon have enough to buy all her gifts.
"I have paid for all my gifts by putting aside money each month, and I've ordered the bigger gifts, such as Willow's new bike, so they arrive in December and we don't have to find a place to hide them," the Melbourne mom said.
Now that Morrison is all set, she has five whole months to sit back and relax. And when December rolls around, instead of overpaying and dealing with millions of other shoppers who waited until the last minute, Morrison will have plenty of time to enjoy Christmas desserts and time with her family.
If you haven't started saving for the holidays, there's still plenty of time! There's about 20 weeks until Christmas, so if you put aside just $30 every week, you'll have more than $450 saved by Black Friday. That gives you an ample amount of time and money to get all your shopping done before the stores really start to crowd.
We're so inspired that we're going to make our lists asap!
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