Plan your holiday menu
Knowing the headcount for holiday dinner can determine whether you pick up a small roast or shell out for that 20-pound Butterball and whether you need to stock up on more wheat rolls or flaky croissants. Kill idle time spent waiting in line by texting RSVP requests to determine how many plates you’ll have to plan for.
Budget for presents
Hopefully you’ve done some pre-planning since you’re already at the store, after all, but time spent in line can also be an opportune moment to go over your funds. Hey, even Santa checks his list twice! Whether you just remembered a last-minute must-have for someone on your list or caught some unexpected holiday sales that have left your total in the green—score!—spending time going over how much you’ve spent and how much you have left to burn can be a positive. Check out these 5 shopping tips for a stress-free holiday season.