Stress-less Gift Giving Strategies

 Hello friends and welcome to another week on the Wellness Corner with Cassandra. 

Budgeting 

Friends I am so excited about the Cyber Monday, Black Friday and clearance sales that are soon approaching. However, my growing concern lies with how much it will all cost me. So, if you are feeling the same way about how much to spend, where to spend and whom to spend on, we are in the same boat. Purchasing items for family, friends, and co workers does not have to be a financial burden if you plan ahead with a strategic budget!

Get Started!

First make a list of everyone you wish to buy gifts for. Place them in categories such as family, friends and coworkers. Assign a dollar amount that you would like to stay in range of for each category.  Then divide your targeted amount by the number of people listed. For instance, if your friend’s category has a dollar amount of 100.00 available for spending and you have 5 friends your equation will look like 100 divided by 5, giving you approximately, 20 dollars to spend on each person. Remember this number includes your allotted tax as well! Repeat the same process for the family category as well as the coworker’s category.

Halfway there!

Once your categories have been completed and a dollar amount has been given to each person, now the fun part begins. Start looking at online catalogs for Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals.Take pictures of the items that catch your eye and work for your budget. Don’t stress out about trying to be super creative, it is totally fine to buy everyone in each of the categories the same or very similar items. Remember, we are trying to take the financial and emotional stress out of gift giving!

Order Online

Once you've decided on a gift for each category, plan a date to order everything all at the same time. Make sure to look at online catalogs to find out when and where the best sales are. Purchasing a majority of your items at the same will save you a few dollars on shipping cost because many online vendors are offering free shipping for Black Friday, with low minimum purchase requirements.


Most Importantly!

Have fun friends, do not let money or the need to please others take your Joy.  This season is truly about giving thanks to our Savior, and loving on the people that mean the most to us. So, whether your budget for spending is $100 or $1000 dollars, keep it all wrapped in gratitude and love! And if the financial hardships of this year have put you in a situation where you just cannot give, a warm card, phone call, or even a loving favor will work just as well! 

Here’s a recipe for a Holiday smoothie, to give you a little shopping energy!

2 large Apples (make sure to take out the core out of both)
½ banana
¼ cup uncooked oatmeal oats
1 cup of sweetened vanilla soy milk
½ cup vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ice cubes
whipped cream (optional)

 

Combine all your ingredients into the blender. Blend until you get to your desired consistency. Pour mixture into a glass and enjoy. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for some added flavor.

 

Selfcare With Ajaba Naturals

Friends, don’t forget to check out Ajaba Naturals for amazing and affordable, cozy scarves, beanies, and warm socks for the family. Place a few of these items on you shopping list for a few of those special people you are shopping for. And if you’re feeling really special, grab a customizable gift and send it to someone you love! While you're at it, grab a little something for yourself because you deserve it! Look for upcoming specials and deals this week! 


 

And always friends, have a wonderful week, and I will see you back here soon on the Wellness Corner With Cassandra.


1 comment

  • This was very helpful. I do hope the system works for those that use it. I’ve decided this year i’m not buying any gifts for family and friend’s. My daughter and I will be giving to charities of those affected by the pandemic. I love reading your blogs .

    Jennifer Ricketts

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