Learning To Save For Next Year
Hello everyone! I’ve been asked to give a few pointer articles on saving money! I have a You Tube channel that covers a lot of direct couponing advice and one video that covers strictly the ‘HOW TO’ on couponing at CVS but I will try here to explain my saving techniques in a shorter kind of ‘readers digest’ version on a wider variety! To start with, you have to change your whole mindset on what ‘saving’ means. Do you want to just become a couponer? Do you want to apply the ‘saving’ method to your entire life or are you looking to just cut a few corners? It’s ok to start small and work your way into ‘saving’ as a lifestyle!
This article is quite appropriately all about ways to start your new year and getting ready for the holiday season next year! Sounds crazy right? But, the New Year is upon us, and even if you are someone that just wants to ‘cut a few corners’ this is the time to start! We have just finished off the biggest spending season of the year. You are thinking, ‘SHEW, that’s over’. But this is your first mistake of the New Year! If you truly want to start this year on saving, then it’s already time to start your Christmas shopping for next year! Shocking isn’t it?
The single best piece of advice that I give people is: Learn to Plan Ahead! So right now, start by making a list of everyone you need to purchase gifts for next year and put it in a visible place for you! (Mine is beside my computer!)
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Most of the stores will have ‘after Christmas clearance sales ‘going on and this is a great time to pick up some wonderful items for gifts next year! Not, candy or food that will go bad, but the gift sets and Christmas themed items that you can give or fill with candy next year! If you are real savvy you can even pair some of the coupons you have received with these items! An example would be using Kohl’s Cash or CVS ECB’s to pay for the items on sale!
Also, as the months go by this year, you will find fundraisers for kids or sales for other holidays at different stores that will be a good source to help you with your list for next year! We all try to support our kids at school so you already know you are going to order something anyway! Instead of buying another set of bowls to collect dust in your cabinet, buy a set that you can put together later with a nice cookbook and some utensils to give to your daughters or daughters in law or sons, if they like to cook!
Start watching the photo sites out there like Shutterfly! When they run their specials on unique items take advantage of the opportunity to use the Xmas Pics you took this year to put them on a coffee mug for ‘Aunt Suzie’ that you can fill with candy and give her at the family Christmas this coming year! ( I once took the art my adopted son drew and had it put on a blanket for him for his bed!)
As you accumulate everything, write down on that list what you got for that person or jot down what you will need to finish that gift, then put it into a box you keep in your closet or somewhere to store for the season next year…you could even wrap it and label it now if it’s complete!
Think of how much less stress there would be when December rolls around if you already have all but a few things left to buy! No strain on the budget, no strain on your time, no strain on your emotions!
Hope this tip helped! If your interested in learning more watch for upcoming articles or go over to You Tube and find my videos on couponing! I am listed there as ‘LadytheFae’! Hope everyone has a wonderful time learning to save!!
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