Saturday, December 13, 2014
Christmas shopping 2014
I have always aimed to complete actual Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving. I simply do not like the rude crowds, the stress. Somehow, I missed my personal deadline this year, so I came up with a divide and conquer plan, which I executed well. After work Friday, I went to a city South of here to purchase some Bay leaves, as well as to get a gift card. Done.
Today found me in the city North of here, running errands but also whittling away at my list of Christmas purchases, including food items that I had patiently been waiting for a better deal on. This paid off for me, and I was able to get a butt portion ham for Christmas day's dinner as well as a shank ham for the freezer. I paid $1.19/lb for the shank, $1.29 for the butt ham. Fair prices. The bulk of my purchases are completed, I now need to double check my tallies, as well as what I have stashed away. At the worst, I must be 98% done, there may be a small stocking stuffer or 2 to get, but I really sense that I am DONE.
I took the opportunity to grab my needed ingredients for the upcoming month of January, as well as the rest of the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day/New Years Eve foods that will be needed. The grocery stores weren't all that busy, everyone seemed to be at the Mall, as I drove right by.
Xpect Discounts: $36.20 Xmas, $41.36 groceries
Stop & Shop: $118.99 Xmas, $46.50 groceries
Aldi's: $7.98 Xmas, $75.08 groceries
Dollar Tree: $6.25 groceries
Glad to be ending the month well prepared for the upcoming holidays, and the new month as well. I remain at/below budget so far (I had a specific price point on my lists). My credit card will be paid off as usual, and I will enter January without debt knocking on the door.
Now I can focus on getting my few cards mailed, the gifts wrapped, the tree decorated, the baking done, the sewing projects completed. I do this at my pace, not the frenzied one that I witness everywhere.