Week of September 18th - 24th
*Make 1 batch of holiday goodies and freeze them
*Make 1 freezer meal
*Buy at least one Christmas gift (if not more)- the Holiday Grand Plan suggests you purchase 1/8 of your gifts this week. But I think one a week, or even every pay period, is a great idea. That fraction intimidated me at first because it sounded like a lot. I've purchases a few gifts over the last few weeks and already have 1/4 of my shopping done. You'll be surprised at how much of a dent you can make!
*Wrap and label your gifts- sounds crazy I know, but you won't regret it. Many stores are already setting our their Christmas wrapping paper. I found some at our local dollar store the other day. Try craft stores as well and don't forget to look online. Stock up on Post-it notes so you can label who the gift is for before you stash it. Keep a running list of what you've purchased so that you don't over buy.
*If you plan on making any homemade gifts or holiday crafts, try to spend at least an hour working on those.
*List any miscellaneous items you may need for the holidays- including kitchen/bathroom linens, candles, serving pieces, etc. Were you short napkin rings last Thanksgiving? Did one of your goblets break? Try to reflect back and dig through your cabinets and linen closets if necessary.