10 Holiday Survival Tips

By on 11/26/2010 07:42:00 AM

Are you wondering how you are going to survive the holidays this year? It’s Black Friday, and although you have survived back to school, Halloween and Thanksgiving, the most wonderful (and stressful) time of the year awaits. What can you do to manage your budget, your home and your sanity while spreading holiday cheer? I have a few pointers for you to consider!

  • Take advantage of Black Friday—but, do not get taken advantage OF on Black Friday. Do your research and make sure that a Thanksgiving weekend deal is really the best deal.

  • Create a spreadsheet to track your budget. This is especially important if money is tight! Need instructions for setting up a worksheet to track your holiday spending?

  • Use gadget power. Create lists and take advantage of your planner, calendar and apps to keep you on track.

  • Organize for the holidays. Create a gift wrap station; assemble your entire cookie making supplies into a big basket, set up guest rooms for overnight visitors to avoid last minute rushes.

  • Be selective in your holiday plans. Pick and choose the events and activities that are most important to you and your family. Too many co-worker invites? Choose only a couple—or skip the personal parties entirely and offer your wishes at the company’s holiday party instead.

  • Avoid germ hot spots. Avoid “germ zones” like the pediatrician’s office or the waiting area at the pharmacy by using drive through services and scheduling your well child appointments after the holidays!

  • Take care of yourself. Yes, this means taking time to eat well and sleep amidst the hustle, bustle and holiday mayhem. Living on Christmas cookies and strong coffee for the month of December may work for Santa—but, not so much for a busy family.

  • Accept help from others. Take a few minutes to visit the free gift wrap station at the mall, have your shipped gifts packaged by the shipper (if it won’t break your budget), and accept your sister’s offer to bring more than a bottle of wine to the dinner you’re hosting!

  • Avoid the dreaded procrastination. We have all spent a Christmas Eve assembling doll houses or bikes half the night. Instead, order online holiday cards such as Tiny Prints Christmas cards early, wrap and assemble presents as you buy them—and work a little every day on keeping the house tidy and guest ready.

  • Remember the meaning of the season. Forget a bit about the trees and the tinsel—and the massive wish lists and gadgets. Take a step back and make an effort to both appreciate and teach your family the true significance of your holidays.

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About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.


  1. Thank you for the great tips!! I look forward to reading more! I aldo feel so sorry for the little kitten, soo sad!

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