73 Days to Christmas! Check the Linen Closet

Autumn's colder nights signal time for a seasonal bedding changeover. What's the state of your household's linen closet?

While in the linen closet, check stocks of sheets, towels, blankets and pillows with an eye to holiday needs. Will you be bedding down houseguests in an ill-matched set of "Spongebob meet the Little Mermaid" sheets this Christmas?

If new or replacement linens are on the shopping list, be alert for pre-holiday white sales and department store loss leaders. Warm flannel and fleece bedding can be spotted on sales flyers from now through New Years!

74 Days to Christmas! Check Bathroom Supplies

When a family member comes to the end of the toilet roll, it's no big deal--but when it's a guest? Embarassing!

Now's the time to make a quick check of the household's stock of bathroom supplies. Watch for sales on toilet paper, tissues, paper towels and soap. When the price is right, buy!

While you're at it, make a quick survey of the items your family will need during cough-and-cold season. Will you be able to weather a bout of the flu? Check supplies of over-the-counter medications and add any needed items to the seasonal shopping list.

You'll be ready for holiday guests--or the season's first sniffles--with a well-stocked bathroom.

75 Days to Christmas! Save Money for Christmas

Holiday spending can be hard on the pocketbook--and bought on credit, "Christmas Day" can stretch into the new year for weeks or months.

Ease the Christmas cash crunch with creative ways to save money for Christmas! Financial institutions offer dedicated Christmas clubs for the disciplined, but savvy holiday planners have found other ways to accumulate cash for holiday spending.

Start now to save money for Christmas. The goal? A debt-free holiday season:

Creative Ways to Save Money for Christmas

76 Days to Christmas! Make a Pre-Holiday Wardrobe Check

Just about all of us have experienced this bit of seasonal panic: it's the night of the office holiday party and a spouse’s good white shirt has gone missing!

Assessing the State of the Closet for all family members before the holidays begin means never having to say, "It's in the wash!" Try these tips to calm the chaos with a pre-holiday wardrobe check:

State of the Closet: Pre-Holiday Wardrobe Check

Print a free holiday wardrobe planner worksheet for your Christmas planner:

Print a Holiday Wardrobe Planner

77 Days to Christmas! Plan For Holiday Bazaars

For a super source of holiday decor items, gifts and baked goods, shop local Christmas bazaars. Often benefitting worthy causes or organizations, these informal gatherings offer food, fun and a welcome leg up on the gift list.

To find bazaars in your area, look to local newspapers or community web sites; many provide seasonal listings of holiday bazaars and harvest fairs.

Add 'em to your calendar, check 'em out ... for a good time and a quick start to holiday shopping.

78 Days to Christmas! Focus on the Decor Big Three

When it comes to holiday decorating, less can be more! To save time and cut holiday stress, simplify holiday decorating by following the decorating Rule of Three!

To bring a festive feeling to any home--and do it simply--put your decorating focus on the Big Three elements of holiday decor:

  • Front Door
  • Living Area Focal Point
  • Christmas Tree

So long as you have a wreath on the front door, decorations on the mantel (or a holiday tablescape on a living area tabletop), and a Christmas tree, you've covered holiday decorating basics ... for a simpler, stress-free holiday season.

79 Days to Christmas! Inventory Holiday Decorations

With autumn in full swing (and Halloween on the horizon), seasonal decorating will soon be underway. Do you know where your holiday decorations are?

While hauling out the jack-o-lanterns and Thanksgiving turkeys, make an informal inventory of Christmas holiday decor. Reason? If you know what you have, you'll immunize yourself from impulse buying as the season progresses--and you'll pick up any needed items in good time to decorate for Christmas.

To "shop at home first", record holiday decorations with a free printable decorations inventory form.

Print a Holiday Decorations Inventory Form

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