I use Excel (shocking, I know!) and I list everyone I need to buy for in the first column. On my side of the family we draw names so for now those are just place holders - Smith #1, Smith #2, etc........ The second column is where I write down what I actually buy. The third column is my budget for that person. The fourth column is where I eventually will fill in what I actually spent. The last column is for brainstorming ideas. I use this as a working document right up until I'm ready to shop. Then I print it out and carry it with me for the rest of the shopping season, filling in the blanks as I go. I do like to go back and fill it in on the computer because next year I just add a new tab to the file and start fresh. I can actually go back as far as 2005 and see what I bought people, what my budget was, etc.
Don't forget gift exchanges, work gifts, teacher's gifts.
|My List for 2011!|
As I said, when it comes time to shop I print this out and carry it with me. I have tried in the past to save it to my Blackberry (or Palm Pilot at the time) but I really prefer having it bigger and its easier for me to fill out on the go when it is printed. I also like to get a 5 x 8 envelope and keep it in there with any ads I am shopping from or pictures I clip out or website stuff I print off.
Tomorrow -- BUDGET TIME!!!!