Once again, the holiday season is upon us! It's a special time to enjoy festive gatherings, family traditions and reconnect with loved ones. Who doesn't love the twinkle lights, holiday music and warm fuzzies that come with the season of giving? But it's also a time that can become stressful with increased demands on our time and money. At Grocery Outlet, we want to help folks survive the season with these tips to save time and money.
Prioritize your commitments. The festivities are endless, but an overcommitted holiday calendar can bring out the Scrooge in anyone. Make a list of the holiday traditions that are most important to you and your family, then cut the list in half and focus on the traditions that really make you happy.
Limit shopping time. Forget those aimless shopping excursions and schedule only one day to complete all your holiday gift shopping. Make a list and stick to one theme for all gifts to make it easier to choose. For example, everyone on your list gets a book, or a game, or a specialty food item.
Make hostess duties easier. Ask your guests to contribute an appetizer, side dish or dessert to the big meal. You can focus on the turkey or ham and spend less time in the kitchen. To avoid last-minuet hostess stress, set your table two days before with a non-perishable centerpiece. Include empty serviing dishes and utensils, labeled according to intended foods, so your helpers can assemble the feast.
Give gifts from the heart. Keep your gift budget under control with homemade treats and gifts of your time. Consider framed photos from your digital archives, children's artwork for grandparents, homemade cookies, or a coupon for pet-sitting.
Shop smart. Take inventory and shop your cupboards before you buy anything. Then, shop discount retailers first, such as Grocery Outlet, where you can find brand-name items for 40-70% less. Also, take advantage of offers online and social media sites.
Now, take time to ponder your own ways to cut stress, save money and tame over-the-top traditions. Setting simple strategies in place early will keep you from being swept up in the holiday madness. And let you enjoy the magic of the season.
Happy Holideals from everyone at Grocery Outlet!