It's so easy to go overboard when shopping for kids this time of year. We want them to enjoy all the things we didn't have growing up. It's important to set limits though.
1. List all the children you'll buy for this Christmas. Don't forget an extra toy for your local shelter.
2. Set a firm budget for each child.
3. Note individual interests, hobbies and collections.
4. Ask them what they want for Christmas. You may think Will needs more Legos, but all he really wants is a caboose for his train set.
5. Look through mail order catalogs and internet toy sites for ideas and note them on your list. Place an order if you find the perfect toy.
6. Look through your local phone directory for a list of toy stores in your area. There might be some you aren't aware of.
7. Go shopping with list in hand. As you make purchases mark them off your list. Keep track of how much is left in each child's budget. If you are tempted to go beyond the budget simply write down the item as a future birthday gift idea.
8. Buy paper, bows and tags if you don't already have them. Spend an evening or two wrapping gifts. You did it!
About the Author
Barbara Myers is the author of Your Complete Guide to Organized Parenting. Enjoy a FREE "50 Ways to Manage Your Time" tips booklet at http://www.ineedmoretime.com