Friday, July 30, 2010

Resourceful Gifting - Plan Ahead

Is it really worth $7.00 to buy all this on the way to the shower?

The most important piece of giving gifts resourcefully is planning ahead. I cannot stress this enough. If you know you have an event coming up and you plan to take a gift, don't wait until the last minute to buy something. Here are several reasons I try to make planning ahead a priority:

1. A last minute gift isn't as fun to give. I don't feel like I've put much effort or thought into a gift I pick up on my way to the baby shower.

2. If I am buying off a gift registry there is often very little left, if anything, to choose from at the last minute that is within my budget.

3. Sometimes a last minute gift also requires last minute gift wrap. Nothing irks me more than buying a giftbag and tissue paper at Target. It's ridiculously expensive and I have lots at home already!

4. A card at the last minute also usually costs a few bucks when I have lots at home and lots of materials to make something special if I had planned ahead.

5. Finally, it's just more fun and relaxing to head off to an event with a gift I am proud to be giving all ready to go. No stressful last-minute wrapping, no snapping at my husband because I'm in a rush to get out the door, and no unnecessary or unplanned spending.

I am the first to admit that I am a huge procrastinator and at least some of the time I am not giving a well-planned gift. However, I have a much more peaceful and joyful attitude when I have planned ahead so I definitely want to encourage you readers to do so if at all possible.
This blog isn't just about saving money; it's about being happy with what you have and hopefully making your life a little more easy and joyful. I enjoy writing it and I hope you are encouraged.


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