Am I too organized?
I love Christmas shopping…in fact, I love buying gifts for any occasion. Planning starts on January 1 for the the year’s gift giving, partly because it helps with budgeting, but mostly because I NEED that organization and planning. I create two seperate spreadsheets, one for birthday/weddings/anniversaries and the other is Christmas and the lists go everywhere with me. As I pick up a gift, it get’s written on the corresponding list.
Christmas is a little more complicated…more people and more money! So I try and spread out my shopping throughout the year with a goal of finishing by Thanksgiving, I usually get 75% of the way done. This year I’m finishing my shopping with Mom on Friday so I had to get organized (there’s that word again!). I spread out all the gifts I’ve gotten on the spare bed, sorted in rows by the Christmas that they go to. Then, I made a list of what I still need to get. I transferred the needs list to another spreadsheet so I could carry it with me on my Blackberry. Now I’ve got 3 lists!
With list in hand I will conquer my Christmas list!
Am I the only weirdo out there? I would love to know how you stay organized with gift giving and prevent yourself from overspending.