I heard that groan! But prepare now and next Christmas won't be as stressful and will be a lot cheaper!!
1. Get a big box and label it Christmas Ready. Put it where you can get to it as you will need to add to it over the year. Don't pack it away in the loft.
2. Make address labels for next years Christmas cards. If you're handy on the computer, do it and save it. If not, or if you prefer handwritten, write them out and store in your Christmas box.
3. Cut your Christmas cards into gift tags. Hole punch and put ribbon through. Chuck them the box.
4. Buy wrapping paper and cards in the sales. They're massively reduced and you can get far better quality than if you buy next December.
5. Gather up those useless cracker novelties and unused hats to make your own crackers. Put the novelties in the kids crackers saving room in the grown up crackers for lush treats!
6. Sort out your re-gifts. Its an art that if performed correctly, no one will be any the wiser and your pocket will be much richer.
7. Keep an eye on the charity shops for unused and unwanted gifts. You'd be surprised how quickly people have a clear out, don't miss the boat!
8. Buy a bottle a month. There's always a spirt on offer somewhere and they will keep. Put them in your box and by December you'll have a well stocked bar.
9. Prepare to go home made. Decide what you can make, or what you want to make and write the earliest date you can do it on the calendar. You'll spread the cost and you went be overwhelmed and pushed for time in December.
10. Plan your hand made gifts. If you're doing photo calendars, cubes, scrapbooks or frames, start taking photos. I join in Project 365 and take at least a photo a day, usually on my phone, so I've a big selection to choose from when I start crafting.
What do you do to make Christmas cheaper and easier? Please leave a comment with your tips!