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Black Friday Tip #2

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Make a budget...and stick too it!!!!

I know it is hard for some of you to stick to a budget, but on BF it is very important....cause all those good sales with getcha!!!!

The best way I find to do this is make a spreadsheet so you can KEEP TRACK OF WHAT YOU SPEND!

A few weeks before BF I make a spreadsheet on Excel. I make a list of every person I am buying for and the amount I am spending on them....THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!! I even set a budge for Mr. Kyle...I know...major shocker eh? In the next column, I put down their wish list item or the item I have in mind to buy them. Then, in the next column I list the store where I am buying the item(this really helps when you are rushing in and out of each store)

My list looks something like this.

Rylee $20.00 Clothes Sears girls jeans $4.99/ Old Navy fleece zip up $7.50

Tyler $20.00 Toy Nerf Gun $19.99 Target

This spread sheet will be a life saver on a hectic BF and will help you stay on track and stay on budget. Please don't head out on BF with no plans in mind or with the idea that "I will just see what I can find and what every I come across I will get" ...you will be overwhelmed and frustrated....not to mention spend more money than you expect or want to.

Stay tuned for more tips to come....


T said...

As organized as I am, you would think I would make a spreadsheet. I just write it down and have a habit of getting gift cards at the last minute.

Marsha said...

This is the first year I have my list typed!!!! I usually just have it all scribbled down on a sheet front and back and no order.

scrapwordsmom said...

This is a great idea, Trish!! This will be one of my first BF events. Can't wait!!!

Bridget said...

Oooh, what a good idea. I have a set amount to spend on gifts and make a list of what I spend AFTER I buy it so I can keep track of the money, but never used a list BEFORE. Okay, these tips are good, keep going!

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