Sunday, December 26, 2010

End of the year chores: Part 1

Happy boxing day ... or the day after Christmas to most of us. That means one thing -- the end of the year is upon us!

This week, I'm going to post about some things to take care of before the New Year arrives.

Today's installment: Christmas aftermath

I'm sure you've reclaimed all the bows, tissue paper and gift bags that can be reused. But while you're putting things away, take inventory: Will you need more paper? Have you run out of small gift bags? Are your tree lights about shot? This week is your best chance to get next year's supplies at half-price or better. (BTW, I've found that supermarkets are good places to go bargain hunting.

Is that sweater from Aunt Matilda two sizes too large? Already have that CD your brother gave you? Slip up on your list and buy an extra toy? This is the week to make the returns (though maybe not today).

Most stores do give you time to exchange things, but the policy varies by the retailer. (and do check those policies) But it's oh, so tempting to just put the gift aside -- then forget about it. So unless you're planning to regift the stuff, go get something you want.

It's also a good time to do inventory of your ornaments: Anything broken? Outdated? Just not your style any more? Take a minute and put it in the trash, or the garage sale pile.

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