Last weekend saw the start of my Christmas shopping trips. This year, I have to say I am quite disorganised!
Normally I start doing out my list of who I have to buy for in October, thinking I am half way there because I have my ‘list’ done.
Last Friday night I realised before I headed off on a shopping trip with my friends Saturday morning, that I had no list or idea of what to buy for anyone, the stress that induced was a little overwhelming.
The last year I found myself in a similar predicament, I ended up over-shopping and going way over budget.
I thought, there has to be an easier way to organise this, so I opened up the app store.
A free app (remember I am on a budget!) came up called ‘Gift List Planner’.
The app lets you add who you have to buy for be it your immediate or extended family, friend, neighbour, teacher etc. and also your budget for that person.
Once I had added all of my people, I hit the summary icon, which gave me a total estimated budget for your Christmas gift shopping. A very interesting and frightening feature all at the same time!
Setting up each person was a bit tedious, but I had them all done within 10 minutes and felt a lot more relaxed heading off shopping on Saturday.
You can also update each person once you buy an item, input how much is cost. It will give you a balance on your estimated budget for them. Handy if you are buying a couple of different bits for a person!
In the car, on the way home I updated my list on the app (I wasn’t the one driving!).
I found it a satisfying to see that I had managed to get 6 people on my list sorted!
You can also tick off if the present is wrapped or not! If you check the summary again here, it will show you what you have actually spent against your overall budget. It shows how many people you still have to buy for and if you’ve gone over budget and whose present was the most expensive.
There are options within the app to purchase ‘Advanced Features’. These let you filter out your list to see who you still have to buy for, e.g. your immediate family category.
I didn’t upgrade to this as I was quite happy with the features of the free app. It did the job for me with regards, organising my list and trying to stick to a budget!
The beauty of this app is if you are money conscious, this helps you stick to your budget. This app certainly makes you more aware of what you spend.
Also, if you think of something to get someone, you can quickly whip out your phone so that you don’t forget that ‘amazing Christmas present’ that your Dad would love!
Hope this brings some of you stressed souls some peace when it comes to Christmas shopping!
Happy gift shopping!
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