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It's Never Too Early to Start

By Cyndi Roberts

It's never too early to start getting ready for the holidays. December can be such a busy month, it just makes sense to spread the work and the expense out over a longer period of time.

Without a bit of planning, the holidays can use up our time and our money, making for a very stressful time.

Do you do a lot of cooking and baking at holiday time? Does everyone always come to your home for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinner? Obviously, it would be great if the guests helped out with the cooking, but if that's not possible, try doing as much as you can ahead of time.

For instance, if you plan to make cornbread dressing or stuffing, make and crumble your cornbread in October and put it in a zipper bag in the freezer.

Pie crusts and even some types of whole pies (apple pie, for one) can be made ahead and frozen.

Even your turkey can be cooked ahead of time and put in the freezer!

If you bake cookies, etc. for gifts, start early stocking up on the ingredients and spread the cost out over several weeks.

Most cookie dough can be mixed and put in the freezer until you're ready to bake. Or keep it in the fridge and bake a batch or two along whenever you already have the oven on.

Love to send Christmas cards, but somehow don't find the time to write as many as you'd like? Start now by addressing the envelopes while you're watching your favorite TV show in the evening.

Then go ahead and write a little note inside one or two during your morning break, or while you're waiting in line to pick up the kids from school. You'll have them all done before you know it!

Here's a way to save money on Christmas cards: Cut the fronts off the cards you received last year and send them as postcards. (Assuming the back is not written on, of course) Postage for postcards is cheaper.

Last year's Christmas cards can also be cut up and used to make gift tags. Give your older kids a pair of decorative scissors and tell them to get creative!

Make your Christmas gift list early and start saving a few dollars every week, so you don't need to use a credit card when you do your shopping.

Some folks even try to buy or make a gift every week or so all year long and by December all that's left to do is the wrapping!

The most important part of saving time and money at any time of year is planning. Make your plan and stick to it and have a stress-free, frugal holiday season!

Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another" bi-weekly newsletter and founder of the website of the same name. Visit to find creative tips, articles, and a free e-cooking book. Subscribe to the newsletter and receive the free e-course "Taming the Monster Grocery Bill".


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