We all want to give our kids everything they ask for on their Christmas lists, but sometimes money will not allow it. In instances like this, it is a great idea to make a plan when gearing up to shop for the holidays. Here are a few helpful ways to not go overboard with Christmas shopping:
Make a budget: Instead of buying gifts with no plan of how much money to spend, make a budget ahead of time. If you have more than one child, this is especially helpful because each child will get the same amount spent on them.
Talk through the Christmas list: For some children, they love the idea of having as many presents as possible, while others are okay with one or two more expensive gifts under the tree. While your children make out their lists, talk to them realistically about some of their selections and explain that if they want to receive more expensive gifts, they might not receive as many. If they would rather open more presents, purchase the less expensive gifts they want instead.
Plan a schedule: Instead of going crazy and buying all of the presents in one shopping trip, plan multiple trips with an amount of time in between. This will limit your spending on each trip and will not leave you broke after the gifts are purchased.
Christmas shopping is so much fun for parents when money allows it. Use these helpful tips to avoid going overboard when checking off the gifts from your child’s Christmas list.