Peaceful, Purposeful Christmas: Week 3 – Don’t Break Your Budget!

We have combined all the printable pages of our Purposeful, Peaceful Christmas Planner into a handy-dandy Ebook! Simply click the link after this post to download and print your Christmas Planner.

Okay, let me set up a quick scene for you. It’s the first week of January. Christmas is behind you, the decorations are packed away (yeah..right!) and you have your current New Year’s Resolution firmly in place. Everything is rolling along at a smooth and wonderful pace. That is….until you head out to the mailbox one day and are greeted with tidings from your dear friends at the credit card companies!


A slightly unpleasant reality, but one that most of us have faced, especially if we have not taken the time now to create a realistic budget for our holiday shopping.

So that is why this week, it is all about the budget! If you are keeping up with your weekly tasks to tackle, then last week you spent some time creating your Christmas List. Not so much naming the exact gifts that you want to find, but rather forming a list of names. Today it is time to build upon that list and set a tentative dollar amount to each name.

Here is the idea. If you know who you need to buy for, and have an idea of your budget, then you will be more aware of your spending and be able to keep it under control. Plan for success ladies! It’s all about the baby steps, but each step matters.

Task to Tackle:

* Set a tentative dollar amount to each name on your Christmas List. Make sure that the overall total falls within your Christmas Budget.

If you want to jump on board – you can still join us!

View the Week 1 Task & Week 2 Tasks


  1. Chris B. says

    WE already do this but in addition to that we put X $ into the bank each week from Nov. 1 to the next Nov. 1 in a special Christmas Savings Account and on Nov. 1 we get a check in the mail and Christmas is PAID FOR if we don’t exceed our budget.

  2. Jamie says

    I’m about 1/2 of the way done – and mine this year is a mix of bought gifts and baked/made gifts. I used to make more handmade gifts – but this year I’ve been shorter on time that in the past :(
    Melissa – can I ask you what kind of gifts you’re making this year? I’d love a few more ideas!

  3. Melissa says

    I believe in handmade gift giving. I’ve been doing this since I can remember and people always seem to love it. For me, it’s inexpensive because all I really have to do is buy supplies and I can tailor each project for the person I’m making it for. It’s something from my heart, and I wouldn’t do it any other way. After all, Jesus is the reason for the season. No need for extravagent gifts!

  4. Tiffany says

    Done and Done!! My shopping will be finished this week and I will have it all wrapped and under the tree by the end of the weekend. :D For a change – I am way ahead of schedule! I will spend the rest of the season doing my baking for neighbors and craft projects – instead of running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

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