Don't. Do. It. Just don't do Black Friday. The additional 30% you may save for waiting in line to get into Best Buy at 6pm on Thanksgiving night just isn't worth the time you could be spending with your family. So what to do instead when you're buying on a budget? Go for Cyber Monday! The Monday after Thanksgiving is the day when all the online retailers deeply discount their goods so save yourself standing IN line and order ONline!
2. Book your appointments in advance!
This may be easier said than done with your busy work schedules but make sure to book as many of your beauty and maintenance appointments in advance so you don't end up with roots or undone locks for that holiday party you've been looking forward to all year. Make sure to take time for yourself. It's hard to make other people feel good during the holidays if YOU don't feel good.
3. Pick off-times to fly if traveling.
We've all had to do it, the dreaded holiday airport travel. Standing in line for hours at security only to find out your flight is oversold or delayed, losing baggage, getting stuck in some random airport in the midwest. Traveling any time from December 20th-23rd or the 26th to the 30th can just be horrid! So our suggestion? Pick an off time to go! Many people want to be with their families by a specific date but if your schedule allows you to be flexible, take a flight on Christmas eve, Christmas day, New Years Eve or New Years Day! Not only are flights cheaper on those dates but the airports are usually pretty slow. Trust us- we speak from experience.
4. Take a second to remember what it's all about.
The holiday season is a time to be around those you love and to share in making memories. The perfect present isn't always a material item and the real memories are created by coming together with the ones you love. Try not to stress if you didn't find little Susie and Timmy the perfect stocking stuffer because chances are they are going to remember YOU being there for the holidays, not a Ninja Turtles Pez dispenser.