Last Friday my daughter came up to me and said, “Mom, did you get a present for my friend’s party tomorrow?” I had a momentary, internal panic attack because, NO, I did not get a dang present.
In fact, I had completely forgotten about it altogether. So, like any other unprepared parent, I went to the local Dollar General, picked up a cute card and slapped some money in it.
The thing is, though, I have two kids in Elementary School and NINE nieces and nephews. I should be more prepared.
I’ve heard mention of gift closets before but never really gave it a second thought, until now… Let’s face it, being unprepared is no fun in any situation, it’s literally unnecessary stress brought on by sheer procrastination and forgetfulness.
I’ve decided it’s time to create and stock a gift closet of my own and I plan to do it on a budget.
Here’s the plan:
1. Get Organized
The first step is figuring out for whom and what you will need a gift for. Clearly, the big one in my life is kids, but it could be different for you. Start by writing down all of the birthday possibilities that may come up and don’t forget to include holidays too.
You’re going to want to keep this list with you at all times. If you prefer, you could email to yourself so it’s always available on your phone or you can save a paper copy in your wallet. Either way, you’ll want to be able to refer to it when you’re out and spot an excellent bargain.
Take things a step further and leave your bank account out of the equation. Check to see if you have any unused gift cards lying around your home or earn some by doing surveys, playing games, or watching videos.
Here’s a list of my favorite sites to get free gift cards.
My favorite time to complete surveys or other tasks is while I’m waiting at the doctor’s office or in line to pick my kids up from school.
If you’re not really feeling the survey sites, you can always purchase gift cards to your favorite stores at a discounted price at Raise.
3. Shop Smarter
When you go shopping, go with a secret weapon, your smart phone.
Okay, it’s not just your phone, but the contents of it. Ya’ll, I have so many apps on phone and it’s because they do something that makes my life easier or better.
In this case, they either save me money or make me money.
Here’s a list of some of my favorites!
Oh, and if you’re heading to Target, don’t forget your RedCard! I couldn’t be happier with mine, mainly because it is not a credit card.
Target’s RedCard saves me 5% off of any purchase, and it also gives me free shipping, regardless of the price in my cart.
Are you super excited to up your game with a gift-closet? I know I am! Take a photo and tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see them all!