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Tree lighting at the GreeneWe just started 2015 but there are only 358 days until Christmas!

I know, I know we are crazy Christmas people over here in Pinkie Land but we just can’t help it! There’s something about this time of year that all three of us can’t help but love!

So why not be proactive about setting yourself up for holiday success in 2015? Since taking down the Christmas tree is usually the saddest day of the year for me, it’s hard for me to find motivation to even start thinking about positioning myself for when we do it all again next year. But snap out of your Christmas cookie coma and think about these following tips that will keep your tinsel from getting twisted next Christmas.

1. Do a holiday recap. What things did you enjoy and most importantly spend your time and money on? What things did you stress over that went unnoticed to everyone but you? Both time and money are precious commodities. Think about what you should focus on for next year and what you can skip to make the holidays more enjoyable!

2. Take a holiday inventory, literally. Make a list of what you have and what you might be interested in replacing next year. Go ahead and get rid of anything that is broken, outdated, or stuff you just don’t use. Why repack it if you never plan to use it again?

3. Speaking of packing, make sure to pack everything up neatly and organized. This is a great time to bust out the label gun! One of my tips is I store my holiday décor in color coordinated bins so I always know visually right away what is what. All my Christmas stuff is stored in red and green bins labeled with what’s inside. Take some time to put like things together and organize.

4. If you need new bins or want to replace items you discarded (see #2!), NOW is the time to get great deals on clearance holiday items. I always get new stuff for the following year now when it’s a fraction of the cost. Most stores want it out as they are already prepping for Valentine’s Day! Just be sure to not overspend.

5. Start saving for next year. No matter what you spend, take the average amount and break it up over 10 months (gives you some shopping wiggle room). The holidays are crazy enough, but the financial burden we put on ourselves on top of that only exacerbates the crazy! This will also make you more budget conscious and keep you from overspending.

We wish you and your family a very Happy New Year and can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring!

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