As the holidays are quickly approaching, I have added a new section to my Home Manager. I have added a Christmas Card List that I have been using to keep track of Christmas cards sent and received. If we have not received a card from someone in 4 to 5 years I remove their name from our list. Also included in my new holiday section are various gift tracking forms. The first form I am using is a Gift Planning Guide. This is a running list to keep track of perspective gift ideas, sizes, favorites, and interests of those that we give gifts. Another form in this section is a General Gift list with information about what I’ve got for whom, the cost, and whether or not it has been wrapped and/or mailed. I have another sheet that keeps inventory of things that have been ordered from a catalog or the internet. The last form I have I don’t keep in my binder because helps me keep track of what I’ve bought for my kids. I start with a set spending amount and keep track like a check ledger, subtracting each expense. This way I will be able to keep holiday spending on budget.
We actually haven’t started shopping for Christmas yet, but have a pretty good idea of what we will be making or giving. How are you doing?