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I find it hard to resist impulse buys for myself when I'm out shopping or running errands. So I go ahead and scoop things up - and put them in a box when I get home. The box contains a variety of things at different price points. When I've earned a reward for meeting a goal, I choose something from the box. It's as good as going shopping all over again - and gives me something to look forward to.
This works great for stuff I find on sale (shoes!) or little things like bookmarks and stationery. I also find it very motivating because I really want the stuff that's in the box, but can't get to it unless I ear n it.
Do everything you need to do ahead of time for Thanksgiving on Tuesday because Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving) is a great time for holiday shopping. The stores are almost empty, the kids don't have to do homework for the next day, and many places already have their Black Friday prices marked. (And some stores will give you the difference if the price goes down within a certain amount of time.) I used to take my nieces shopping on that day. I'd pick them up after school. (continued)
I would give them money to buy what they wanted for themselves. Then I'd wrap those items for Christmas. I'd help them choose gifts for their parents, their grandmother, etc. They'd help me pick my gifts for their parents. And we'd go out to dinner. It was always a fun night for me.
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