Do you feel like every weekend has something special going on in your family and you’re often the last one to remember? Are you always running into stores to shop for a last-minute gift?
Well then! I go through it all. My family is relatively large and there is always something happening. I sometimes can’t believe how many birthdays and parties I attend. Besides that, I can’t even think of forgetting about a gift. It’s hard to save in such a scenario!
We’ve heard a lot out there that we always have to plan our gift purchases in advance, so we can save. However, no one ever shows us the path of the stones. People just launch some planning ideas in the air and then we have to start the execution from scratch.
In this post, I will pass everything to my readers step by step, so no one gets stuck in between, which reduces the chances of you abandoning your annual gift planning.
BENEFITS OF USING A SHOPPING CALENDAR
There are many benefits of using a shopping calendar.
If your style is to buy gifts in person, you can go to the mall in peace, avoiding having to leave the house on a rainy day or having to face a crowded mall, with all those cars competing for a parking space. In addition, you will be able to take better advantage of the promotions available during low season.
• You will avoid desperate shopping to find a cool gift. Despair only increases the chances that we will end up buying something that is not ideal, and worse, with a price far beyond what your budget allows. Often our brain tries to compensate for the lack of ideas with the monetary value attached to a product, we even ignore all of our knowledge that we have about the person we are giving away.
Did I already tell you when I decided to give my mother an expensive cup of tea, since she doesn’t even like tea so much? Yeah. Explain to me how does someone buy a cup of tea to give as a gift to someone who lives in a warm place, without being 100% sure that the person actually enjoys the act of drinking tea? Yeah. Don’t be like me.
• You will even become a more sociable person, and even cheer up for special dates. Your brain will no longer see these dates as a burden and will start to make the most of your time with your family. You will even surprise your owl aunt who is super concerned with organizing celebrations.
I think you’re convinced now. Without further ado, let’s go to our step-by-step manual.
HOW TO SHOP FOR GIFTS USING A SHOPPING CALENDAR
1- Prepare a calendar with anniversaries and anniversaries.
Prepare a calendar with the main commemorative dates of the year, such as Mothers’ and Father’s Day, Christmas, as well as your relatives’ birthdays and important dates (for example, Wedding anniversary).
2- After completing the calendar, discover birthdays close to anniversaries.
My mother-in-law, for example, has her 4th of March birthday, less than a week away from Mother’s Day! Am I going to buy her two gifts? I think not!
I’m glad my mother-in-law doesn’t speak English! I hope she never reads and translates this post on Google Translator.
In such cases, a good way to not look like you haven’t bought two gifts, invest in a single good gift.
Instead of buying 2 gifts for 50 USD, buy only 1 gift for 75 USD. You save 25% with this tactic and still look good on the tape! Of course, you need to know your mother-in-law very well before trying this strategy!
And if you are the mother-in-law of someone who applied this strategy to you or someone you care about very much, please forgive that person, they are just trying to save a little!
3- Divide the year into about 4 parts and group your purchases and budget per trimester.
Guys, it sounds like crazy talk, but we’re going to work like we’re a company. In an extremely planned way. Think that you are a manager and your superior at any time will ask you: “What is the plan?” You have to have an answer!
- January: buy gifts for birthdays and anniversaries of the 1st quarter.
- April: buy gifts for birthdays and 2nd quarter anniversaries.
- July: buy gifts for birthdays and anniversaries of the 3rd quarter.
- October: buy gifts for birthdays and anniversaries of the 4th quarter.
Realize, in this way, you escape the high prices of Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day.
In addition, you can also take the opportunity to plan for “thematic” holidays.
In January, thematic new year party.
- April: Easter, themed.
- July: 1st. July, themed.
- October: Halloween, themed.
In addition to the store promotions, which typically occur in these months.
- April: cheap winter clothes.
- October: cheap summer clothes.
If you follow a rational way of shopping you will never will be caught by surprise again and soon will see major savings. Thats cash in to play more!
Have you saved some money using this strategy? Let me know.