Can you get through Christmas without blowing the budget?

Did you know it is only 10 weeks to Christmas? Where has that time gone?

At about this time of year I start thinking about what to buy the kids for Christmas (even though I probably already have presents in the cupboard that I have accumulated during the year and forgotten about) and what money we have to spend on Christmas.

This week, I came across this article by Nicole Avery from Planning with Kids which has some great tips for keeping Christmas stress to a minimum, including

  1. A 10 week plan to keep you organised and under control
  2. The idea of using a Christmas Planning Spreadsheet to track expenditure and how to use it (my type of girl!)
  3. Aswell as some great insights into how other parents manage Christmas and not going overboard on gifts.