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Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la... or is it?! 

If you are like many of us, who struggle to keep up with all the holiday happenings and shopping, the joy is sucked right out of you.  With so much pressure to keep the spouse, the children, and the co-workers happy - it can be a bit overwhelming to say the least.  Let's face it all the holiday marketing campaigns don't help.

Here are some tips to keep your joy (sanity) during the holidays.

1.  Stop procrastinating.  Start your shopping early.  Now, that's not to say we have to be like grandma who shops year round and "hides" gifts in the closet.  Give yourself more time to spread the love.  The month of October is a great time to start.  This gives you ample time to finish your shopping and for once enjoy those corporate parties and precious time with the family. 

2.  Make a list.  As simple as this sounds, it's a fail proof method.  Write down everyone you plan to buy for and create your budget for each person, don't forget your colleagues!  Check out the top gift planning mobile apps.

3.  Research.  It's so important to be an educated consumer.  There are countless resources available online with consumer reviews - take advantage of the world wide web!  Not only is it important to shop for quality, find companies with incentives for buying in quantity.  Especially, when you are buying for a big group, corporate purchasing programs will save you time and money. 

Stop the madness and take control.  Now go forth and be jolly!!