During the holidays, we’re all looking for ways to save time and make what we need to do easier in the mad rush. Some things you can do to ease your holiday obligations and shopping burdens are to:
1. Make sure it’s in stock before you leave home. You can check some stores online, but I’d even suggest calling. I’ve checked stores online and have it say that an item was in stock only to get there, and it’s not.
2. Use the “route planner” feature on Map Quest to map out your errands. This way you will prevent backtracking. I’d also make sure you have a list for each store so you don’t find yourself going back for a missed item.
3. Organize a wrapping party. Have everyone bring a roll of paper and any other decorative items they’d like to share, and all wrap together. Eat, drink, wrap, and be merry!
4. Exchange babysitting or playdates with friends so that you can each get some time alone to take care of things you need to accomplish this holiday season. It’s a great way to get in some kid free shopping and a lunch date with your spouse.
Above and beyond all of these things, make sure you know your budget. I know we’ve been with Bank of America Military Bank for eons. My husband got an account with them at his first duty station, and he’s been with them ever since. I inherited the bank, so to speak, when we got married 10 years ago. My favorite features are the online and mobile banking. I’m terrible at keeping track of paper, but this way I can always check to see what our balance is, and where I’m at in our budget. Instead of spending hours balancing our checkbook, if I need a quick figure, I can check electronically and be on my way. You can find more of what Bank of America offers in banking solutions that make life easier at their site. You can also follow them on Twitter @BofA_Tips for some financial tips.
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