This is one of my favorite times of the year! But it is super easy to get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of everything and forget to stop and enjoy it. I caught myself just this year talking to a friend and she asked what I was doing over the weekend. I replied as “Oh my gosh we are so busy. I’ve got to run here and there. We have a birthday party. I need to get caught up on the laundry. And I HAVE to get the tree up and decorated. UGH. I haven’t even started….”
That used to be one of my favorite things to do! It’s not an ugh. It’s just a busy time. I decided right then and there that we were going to slow down a bit and enjoy the Christmas time season. When I started thinking about all the ways to enjoy it, I realized that we will be as busy as ever, but now it’s not an UGH so much we have to do…it’s a YES there is so much we get to do!
Just because we are busy doesn’t mean we can’t make our lives easier! One of my tips is to shop at places that you can pick up everything you need under one roof. And one of my favorite places to shop is Dollar General! I love that I can grab some NESTLÉ® Hot Cocoa Mix (The 6 count is on sale for $1!) for us to cross off #1 on our list as well as things like Christmas tree decorations (#9!), toys for our own family gift giving or for donations (#4!) and even new pj’s for the kids (#3!)
It’s literally everything under one roof to cross off our entire Christmas Time Bucket List! And I can run in and out so much more quickly than at the big box stores. That’s a HUGE win!
Can we just talk about cost too? This is the time for giving and we love to do lots of service projects as a family. So being able to save on the things we need for our family is important. Did you know that Dollar General has Digital Coupons? (They also take printed coupons!) You can find coupons for products that you love like:
-DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza -$1/1 – Feed the gang!
-NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels – $1.50/2 – Bake their holiday special
-NESCAFÉ® TASTER’S CHOICE® Instant Coffee – $2/1 – Fire up the conversation and connect with family and friends
-NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® Liquid Coffee Creamer – $1/1– Fire up the conversation and connect with family and friends
-NESTLÉ® Stand Up Bags – $1/1 – Perfect stocking stuffers
One thing that we do to make the holidays a little less stressful is to wrap gifts BEFORE Christmas Eve. (No more staying up late!) We’ve turned our pizza night into gift wrap nights! It’s actually a lot of fun and something we look forward to. (We do it a few times during the month!) First I grab a quick pizza like DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza (don’t forget your coupon!)
We come home and while it cooks we gather our supplies. Wrapping paper, tissue paper, gift bags, ribbons, bows and lots of tape! Everyone takes their supplies to their room. When the pizza is done, we grab a slice and head off to our rooms to wrap a few gifts. Normally, we are never allowed to eat anywhere except for the kitchen table. So this is a big treat!
I’m all about taking the stress out of the holidays and bringing in the fun! And places like Dollar General and products like DIGIORNO®! What are some things on your Christmas time bucket list? How do you take the stress out of the holidays?
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