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Everyday Cheapskate: 4 Reasons to Start Planning Your DIY Christmas Now

Mary Hunt on

Brisk mornings, fall colors, pumpkin pie and apple cider. Autumn is just the best time of year, right? And our minds are leaning toward Halloween and Thanksgiving. Consider this a strong nudge to put a DIY Christmas on your list. Start planning now and you'll benefit in so many ways come December.

Before I find myself dealing with angry responses from readers who take offense to "Christmas creep" (a phenomenon in which retailers exploit the commercialized status of Christmas by introducing Christmas-themed merchandise earlier and earlier each year), that's not what I'm talking about. In fact, I find that quite objectionable myself. I don't want the Christmas season to start until we've cleaned up the last of the Thanksgiving turkey.


I'm talking about planning and getting organized now without the overwhelming pressure and panic I know will come once I've waited too long and believe my only option is to rack up a pile of debt to get through the season. I despise that feeling of being under the gun, driven by guilt and remorse to mark names off a list, compelled to buy something -- anything! -- to get through the holiday.

So, why get started now? To give yourself the gift of time:

1. Time to make it an all-cash Christmas


2. Time to establish or rekindle family traditions

3. Time to separate the chores from the celebrations

4. Time to embrace the idea of a DIY Christmas.

Even if you are not crafty and have no desire to be, you can get many things planned, some things done and even DIY gifts this year.


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