My second clue was the advent of the Crazy Target Lady ads that have been blanketing the airwaves the last few days. Which, for the record, drive me CRAZY myself. I really, really hate the Crazy Target Lady.
You really need to chill, lady.
Yes, Thanksgiving is coming in a few days, which means one thing - that Black Friday is right around the corner. Or in my case, Cyber Friday, as I refuse to do any shopping except sitting in my pajamas, curled up with my laptop, with a cup of hot cocoa at my side. With potato chips and chocolate for sustenance.
For today's post, I decided to share my organizational idea for my Christmas list.
Hey. When you have seven kids, plus spouses, plus eight grandchildren, plus nephews, nieces, in-laws, etc - the list can get a litte....hairy. Add to that a mild case of OCD, and I need All. the. help. I. can. get.
For the last 15+ years, I have used an Excel spreadsheet for my Christmas list. Here's a quick peek:
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Here's my list, in easy steps:
1. Across the top, I list everyone that I will be getting a gift for...couples are listed together.
2. The next row is the budgeted amount that I plan to spend for each person/couple.
3. The next rows are for the gifts. For each gift, I have the following:
--Where to purchase from/or order from if doing online
--The date I purchased/ordered
--The date I received
--The amount spent
4. I have the Excel spreadsheet keep track on how I'm doing on the budget. I know to the penny how much I still have left to spend. This is always highlighted in RED - so I know if I'm in the RED or not. Hee.
Speaking of RED, let me explain the other color coding:
--A Blue box means that I have the gift IN HAND
--A Green box means that I have ordered BUT NOT RECEIVED the gift
--A Purple box means that it is just an idea at this point - but nothing has been purchased yet
And finally, an Orange box means that I am DONE shopping for that person/couple. Woot!
I keep all of my spreadsheets from past years, so I can peek to see what I got for someone in years' past. This is helpful if I have been buying them books or video games - I won't repeat what I already got them. You can see the different tabs on the bottom of the spreadsheet where I can click on 2010 or 2009 pretty quickly.
So - there's my Christmas tip for the day...
Good luck - and happy shopping!