You’re probably thinking “What?! She’s writing about CHRISTMAS?! Didn’t I just finish up with all the frenzy of the holidays???”
Well, yes, I am, because I was given the opportunity to review the e-book “Christmas With Strategic Shopping, The 12 Months of Christmas”, as part of the book launch team for this book, along with another book by the author Candy Foote, entitled “Strategic Shopping”.
Truthfully, I thought there was no way this book would really help me. I am on of those who realizes all of a sudden in about, oh, October or November, that “Oh, no, Christmas is coming, and I’m so not ready!”, followed by frenzied planning and attempts to get everything done, every gift purchased. Of course, you KNOW that doesn’t work out very well, by then, I can’t afford to get what we want for gifts, and have to stress over the cost of holiday food buying, etc. This leads to TONS of stress on my part!
About The Book:
Christmas with Strategic Shopping – The Twelve Months of Christmas
Christmas is said to be the most wonderful time of the year. It’s also the most stressful time of the year! Decorating, baking, parties, and gift buying all stuffed into the month of December can burden down the best of us!
Candy Foote is a mother of 12 who loves to overdo at the holidays! She loves to go all out on all of it, especially the gift giving! So, how does she manage to do it without having to spend the next five months of the new year paying for all of it? Sadly, many Americans actually do spend January through May trying to pay off Christmas debt!
Candy’s newest book — Christmas with Strategic Shopping: The Twelve Months of Christmas — shows you month-by-month how you can prepare for the holidays, taking the stress out of Christmas and making room for you to actually enjoy the holidays with your family.
Christmas with Strategic Shopping lists exactly what you should be buying each month. It teaches that stores have a specific time where they mark just about everything in the store down to a rock-bottom price.
This book will bring you into the life of a mega family’s celebration of Christmas. You can apply these principles into your own holiday celebration.
Don’t panic – it doesn’t require you to have twelve children in order to apply these techniques!
(I, however, have a family of six, so this will be a very helpful e-book for me!)
I missed out on doing the January ideas, due to life getting in the way, but I intend to do my best to follow her ideas throughout the remainder of the year. I have four boys, and it’s really hard sometimes to make a nice Christmas for them. I like the way she has scoped out the best months to buy certain things, how to set up a “gift closet” or “box”, so that you’ll always have things for other gifting times as well! I LOVE the idea to buy up Easter baskets really cheap after Easter and then spray paint them in Christmas colors to build basket gifts, or to even use them painted up for basket gifts for other occasions (think bridal showers, for instance).
I also really, really love all of Candy’s ideas for teaching one’s children to see giving as the more important thing, and would like to implement them, as well.
About the author:
Candy Foote is a Christian, wife to one, momma to 12, and grandmother to 4, so far (Number 5 is due in May!) She is a homeschool veteran of 21 years. As a homeschooling mother of a mega family, Candy has learned many Strategic Shopping tips that have allowed her to stay at home while her husband, Jud, was the only breadwinner of the family.
Candy runs a website filled with free information on how you can become a Strategic Shopper. She also enjoys going into people’s homes and teaching them through her Strategic Shopping workshops.
Candy considers it her ministry to help other families learn how to live a quality life, while keeping money in their pockets.
I appreciate all of the work Candy has put into getting all of this information together in one place for us! She has even added into her e-book a set of planner pages to use throughout the year in your effort to spread the Christmas over all those months, so that you don’t HAVE to stress at the last moment! I’ll be printing it out and using it for sure!
In Candy’s other book, Strategic Shopping, Candy gives us tons more information on how to save all year just in our normal, everyday shopping. I highly recommend both books, which you can now get as a bundle deal, and at a discount, to boot! Just click the graphic below, and use the discount code shown on it!
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