It’s that time of year again!I want to talk with you about Holiday Shopping. Don’t let Holiday Shopping derail your entire Financial New Year before we’ve even gone thru December. Below is my five step process to effectively get all your holiday shopping done.
 
Step One: Set Your Budget
 
Set a realistic and reasonable dollar amount that you are willing to happily spend. Bust out a piece of paper and write it down.
 
Step Two: Make A List Of The People You Want To Buy For
 
Make a list of people that you want, want, WANT to buy gifts for. Don’t list every single person in your life. Write down those people that you feel called to get gifts for this Holiday Season.
 
Step Three: Make Your Game Plan
 
Make a game plan sheet. This is where you’re going to want to think about the people you wrote down in Step 2.
 
Who are they?
 
What could they possibly want?
 
What stores can you get the item at?
 
What is the dollar amount for the item?
 
Making a list puts meaning into the gift. How many times have you been desperate to find a gift? Did you settle on a deodorant gift package displayed in a beautiful setup at Target? You may have been the recipient of one of these Holiday pre-packaged items. Then, you go to open the gifts and it’s weird.
 
You want to think about the happiness a gift recipient will feel when they open the gift. It will bring more joy and meaning to your Holiday Season.
 
Step Four: Plan Out Your Day
 
Organize your game plan sheet by store. This is especially important if you are going to engage in any of the sales that happen on Black Friday. You want to have a game plan for what you’re going to do with your day.
 
This is going to stop you from having to run back to the store because you forgot something. This will also allow you to plan for efficiency. You want to go out with a purpose and know what’s going on.
 
Step Five: Carry The List With You
 
Don’t forget your list at home! Carry it with you so you’ll remember everything. Don’t forget to jot stuff down as you’re buying it. You don’t want to end up buying one niece two things and other nieces zero things. Of course, we’d never do that on purpose, but this sort of stuff happens all the time.
 
Then, people either give gifts that feel kind of crappy to give because you were like, man, I didn’t even buy that for you. Believe it or not, these are real problems that people run into and often it’s because they forgot their list.
 
If you have any questions or need anything, feel free to reach out in the comments below. You can also find me in my FREE Facebook Group, Shark School with Brie Sodano.

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