It’s December already and you haven’t even began to scratch off any items from your Christmas shopping list. You don’t have much time to wait, but your days are so packed that you really can’t seem to find the time between working, Christmas programs and parties. I know where you are, I am there right now, however I have one thing you don’t, all my list done with and I did it all in one day! Some say that couldn’t be possible, but it is if you planned your day out just right! Lets start with the basics on how to speed through your Christmas shopping list in one day!
First, pick one day from now until Christmas Eve and make sure you have absolutely nothing planned on that day! If it’s a Saturday then all the better because you won’t have to miss work, however if that falls on a work day then take a vacation or sick day. Trust me you will be very happy that you took that day off work to get this all done with!
Second on one sheet of paper write down everyone you need to buy for. My list contains my son, husband, mom, mother – in – law, grandparents, best friend and so on. You get the picture. Now I break this down with index cards. For as many people I have, I will use that many index cards. On top of each index card I write the name of the person in BOLD, BLACK marker. And then under their name I will write the numbers 1 through 5.
After I have the list ready to write out I start with the person who is the one I need to buy for the most, like my son! I list five things that he has asked for starting with the thing I know I am getting him to the last thing that would be OK if I didn’t pick it up. Next I put down beside each item where I know I can buy this from. For example my son wanted the Wii game system for Christmas. Of course this was the number one thing on his list for my index card and I found out that I could buy it at either Toys R Us, Walmart or Game Stop. I wrote all these stores under the Wii system on the list.
Now After I do all the cards the same way, with what people want the most I take a look at the stores I will have to be going to. If I see that I am going to Walmart three times for 5 different people then I make sure I hit that store first and get everything from there that I need to. Next store will be the one that I have to only go to twice and then the last store will be the one that only showed up on the lists once. Possibly if this store was a number 5 on someones list then maybe I can scratch off the item and just forget about it, making it easier for me because now I don’t have to go there.
Finally I gather all my coupons for the items I am buying and paper clip them onto the index cards for who I am using them on. This makes going through the line easier when it comes to checking out so I don’t have to sit and search for the coupons at the bottom on my purse.
Also I forgot to mention another helpful hint when it comes to flying through check out is maybe place beside each item on how you are going to pay for that item. If you plan on using different types of payments like cash, gift certificate, check, or credit card this will make your payment method fly buy because you won’t have to be looking through your wallet and deciding what payment you used last time.
Last but not least to make your Christmas shopping speedier, if you feel like the day is about to come to a close and you haven’t hit that last couple of stores yet, don’t worry, as long as you made out with at least two items on your list for each person that is more then expected from anyone. People aren’t going to get upset if you didn’t get them exactly everything they wanted, and if they do, then hello you do not need to buy them anything!
As long as you have your game plan ready, and your lists made out your Christmas shopping can always be done in one day! This will always make the month of December go by so much more faster because now you can set aside more time to spend it with friends and family and do all those parties and programs without sitting there worrying about when you are going to get your shopping done!
Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping!