Believe it or not, there’s still time to have Christmas presents shipped by Christmas Eve. With the proliferation of online retailers (and their awesome fast, free shipping) and department store extended hours, last minute shopping has never been easier. Even still, a last minute shopper needs to be armed with a plan to get their shopping done without a hitch.
I do most of my shopping online, but also hit up stores like Ross, Target and thrift stores, which still requires some organization. Last minute shoppers tend to overspend, so here are some tips to help stick to a budget and to maintain your sanity:
- Plan ahead. Even last minute shoppers can benefit from creating and executing a plan. It’s probably even more critical for the last minute shopper to have a plan as time is of the essence.
- Get 3×5 index cards and label each with one with the person or pet you are purchasing gifts for. List the gifts you want to get each person on their index card and stick to the plan. If you are a spontaneous shopper, leave one space on each card for the on the fly gift. Tally the cost of each gift and note the total at the end of the index card. Do not overextend your time or money by deviating from what’s listed on the index card. I also recommend not feeling compelled to start a second index card – all gifts for one person should fit on the index card easily. I’ve tried this tip this year and it is working beautifully as I can visually see what I need to get and assures me I am sticking to my budget.
- Buy the online gifts first, as you want to ensure there is enough time for the gifts to get to you by Christmas Eve. Be sure to double check the deliver by date (not to be confused by the ship by date). Check out Amazon and Target for some guaranteed free, timely shipping. Also, if possible, use site to store options if you are right upon Christmas Eve.
- Plan to go to the stores with your index cards, patience, and good cheer. Eat before you go and make sure you have a plan. Going aimlessly from store to store, rack to rack will surely tire you and there’s the risk of buying more gifts than is necessary or desired.
- Stick to your plan.
The early bird does not always catch the best deals. Black Friday shoppers may get their shopping done early, but they are not always scoring the best deals. There are still many deals that surpass Black Friday savings. Many of the gifts I wanted to purchase are cheaper now than on the days immediately following Thanksgiving.
I wish you lots of good deals, good cheer and peace this holiday season. Next time someone tries to guilt trip you for waiting until the last minute to shop, simply smile and say, “I got this.”
~Your Curator of All Things Abundant, Kimberly Jo Cooley
In a recent conversation with a friend, I asked, “I know you will manifest many things next year, but what are one or two things you deeply desire to manifest in 2016?” She expressed her desire for a good job and a loving relationship. We then started discussing how she could manifest a great job and an even greater love life. I suggested visualization and to act “as if” she already had what she wished to have. She then said her “visualization projector” was broken. “It stopped working a few months ago,” she complained. Whenever she attempted to visualize, nothing appeared in her mind to focus on – she was receiving a blank screen.
She asked if this was normal. I assured her that her visualization projector was not broken, rather, it was waiting for her to switch it back on and feed it with new images.
You can visualize anytime, anywhere. Oftentimes, we fall out of practice, but it is easy to get back on track. You can do the following:
- Meditate: My seventeen year old son meditates almost everyday and he offered this suggestion to share with my friend on rebooting a visualizing mind. When we meditate, we allow space in our mind, clearing out needless cluttered thoughts, while making room for visions that serve us.
- Imagine: My four year old inspired me to sit and imagine. She can play with almost anything for hours! Two forks become two people in her imaginative world. I advised my friend to imagine what it would feel like driving to her dream job, or sitting at her new work desk. She could imagine getting her paycheck and feeling a strong sense of satisfaction. She could even link her job image to her love image and envision herself driving home to her new husband. He’s prepared a lovely meal for her and and her son and he’s waiting to hear all about how her day went. Human beings were meant to imagine their whole lives, not just during childhood.
- Draw or clip pictures: I suggested to my friend she can create a vision board or keep a folder of clipped magazine photos showing what she wants to bring forth into her existence. Whenever she needs to remember what to focus on, she can pull out her board or folder.
- Journaling: Write, write, and write some more. Your written words on what you wish to manifest has magical power. Your thoughts become things when they are written down. From the written word, a transformation occurs and manifestation into the physical form takes place.
Visualization is a fun and easy way to feel what we want to have, before we actually have it in physical form. A manifesting practitioner knows visualization is a tool worth using on a frequent basis, if they wish to hasten their blessings. Are you visualizing the life of your dreams? If not, what are you waiting for?
~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley