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How To Shop Winter Clearance Sales      What is one of the first signs of spring? It’s not just tulips and Easter candy. It’s retail stores marking down winter merchandise and it’s starting now!

     If you still need some things to add to your winter wardrobe, you can find some great deals right now.  January and February are the best months to get the largest selection of winter clearance merchandise because stores are marking things down to make room for spring and summer.

     If you’ve rested up from all your Christmas shopping and ready to hit the stores, I’ve got a plan for you to make the most of your winter clearance shopping. First, go back and read Getting Your Wardrobe Ready For Winter, and then get ready to plan your winter clearance shopping.

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   How To Stock Up On Food And Save Money  January is the time when we usually like to cut back on spending and start saving money again, especially after the holidays. One way that we can do that is with a grocery shopping system. It’s a big part of our budget and with so many options at the store, we can get this under control.

     Today, I’ve got a plan for starting the year off right and setting up a system for your family’s meals and groceries. This is the system that I’ve started using this month and thought I’d share it with you. Maybe it will keep all of us on track and free up some money for other things, like maybe a summer vacation! Sounds like a nice reward, doesn’t it?

Here’s my plan for saving money on groceries:

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Home Organizing Plan For The Year      January seems to be the time when we’re all fired up to get everything organized. Now that the holidays are over and our schedules are slowing down, this is the perfect time to stay inside and start on some organizing projects. If you look around your house, you might see that there’s several rooms and areas that could use some organizing, and you might not know where to begin. Well, some rooms need to be priority, but some rooms are better left for spring, summer, or fall.

      Today, I’ve got a month-by-month plan for organizing your house. If you work on it a little at a time, you’ll have your house in great shape by the end of the year. It sounds totally doable when we take it in managable steps, doesn’t it? So, pick out a couple free weekends for each month and try working through the plan.

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How To Start New Habits     Now that it’s January, you might be working on your New Year’s resolutions. A lot of people try to change some bad habits as part of their resolutions. Well, that can start out pretty good at the beginning of January but then a lot of people lose their motivation and momentum. It’s pretty frustrating and that’s why people slip a little, give up, and go back to old habits. That’s why resolutions don’t work for a lot of us. Well, to be more successful with your resolutions this year, I’ve got some tips. In case you’ve already slipped up, refocus with these tips and get yourself back on track.

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  How To Plan For The New Year   Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I know I did. We worked hard to get it all done, didn’t we? Well, now that Christmas day is past, we can slow down, relax, and hopefully get some quality time with our families. I love this week between Christmas and New Year’s. I love Christmas, of course, but after all the work of getting ready, it’s actually nice to just slow down and take a break before the new year gets started. So, if at all possible, I encourage you to take just a few days to rest from the Christmas hustle and bustle. Enjoy your family. Relax. Read a book. Eat some Christmas goodies and hot cocoa by the fire. Don’t feel guilty. You’ve earned this time. Aah!

     The first few days of this week are great for resting and spending time with family but, for a lot of us planners, by the end of the week, we’re already thinking ahead to the new year and wanting to start making plans. Of course, you could wait till January 1, but if you’ve got some free time, why not start making plans now, and then on January 1st or 2nd, you’ll be ready to dive into your goals and plans for the new year. So, here is how I like to plan for the new year.

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  Countdown To Christmas   Welcome back to the holiday planning series.  If you’re new here, you might want to go back and read the entire Holiday Planning Checklist. Today’s countdown to Christmas checklist will get everybody caught up in the plan, regardless of what progress you’ve made so far. With Christmas just a little over a week away, we all have the same deadline. This checklist should cover most of the things that we all need to get done before Christmas Eve. Of course, if you’ve got overnight company coming, be sure to read the Quick Cleaning Checklist. 

     Whether you’re ahead or behind schedule, go through the checklist, making sure you get these things done throughout the week before Christmas and you’ll be ready to celebrate with your family by December 24. Of course, this checklist is just a guideline. Everybody has different responsibilities, so adjust your schedule to fit your own circumstances. 

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Tips For Wrapping Gifts   Are you done with your Christmas shopping? And if so, is your closet stuffed with an overwhelming pile of packages? Well, next up in the Holiday Planning series are tips for organizing and wrapping all those gifts. If you need to get caught up with your Christmas to-do list, check out the Holiday Planning Checklist. If you still need help with your gift shopping, check out my Christmas Gift Shopping Guide. Now, if you’re ready to wrap, let’s put on some music and get started. The following are my best tips for easy, organized gift wrapping.

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   Stocking Stuffer Ideas   Welcome back to the Holiday Planning Series.  If you would like to see a checklist for all your holiday planning, be sure and read the Holiday Planning Checklist. Print it out, check your progress, and follow along. Also, check out the Christmas Gift Shopping Guide.

     Hopefully, by now, you’re close to being done with your gift shopping. If you’re like me, however, you probably wait till the last minute to buy things for the kids’ stockings. Yes, my kids are grown, but we still do stockings. Hey, I’m not complaining. I get one too. Buying for grown adult children can get a little tricky. You see, my kids are into eating healthy. That means, they really don’t want tons of candy. So, it’s time to get creative. If you’d like to do stocking stuffers but prefer to not fill them with tons of candy, I’ve got some ideas for you. Sure, everyone likes a few treats, but here are some other fun things to put in stockings. Below, you’ll find some ideas for every age group.

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  Tips To Manage Holiday Stress Welcome back to the Holiday Planning Series!  Be sure to check out my Holiday Planning Checklist for the entire plan for the season.

    If you just read that checklist and feel overwhelmed, I want you to sit back, take a break, and read on for how to deal with holiday stress. We’re all feeling it, myself included. It’s not supposed to be this way. We should be joyful, singing, and smiling with our fuzzy red sweaters, scarves, and mittens. Today, I’ve got tips for dealing with the holiday stress. These tips are practical because, afterall, we still have to get things done, right? These are to help you get things done in a calm, organized way so you can still enjoy the season. Read on for how to finish out the season with less stress and more joy.

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  Christmas Party Planning Checklist   Welcome back to the Holiday Planning Series! If you’re new here, you might want to go back and read through the Holiday Planning Checklist. We’re now about halfway through the plan so, hopefully, you’re caught up and feeling festive! If not, it’s ok. This is the time to look at where you’re at, see what you still have left to do, and revise your plan to get everything done.

     If you’ve got most of your shopping done and put up your tree and decorations, you might feel ready to plan a party. Well, today, I’ve got a checklist to help you organize and plan a fun party. Start as early as possible and just work through the checklist, step-by-step. 

 Here’s the countdown to a fun, festive party!

 

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