Every time you need or want to buy something, write it down on a To Buy List. Go through your calendar for the next few months and add any gifts you plan to give.
This list works two ways. First, make a promise to yourself to buy only what's on the list. Use it to organize and consolidate your errands.
The second item is what you should do periodically. Go through your To Buy list and think really hard whether you really need the item. Think up ways to make it yourself or use something you already have. See how many items you can cross off your To Buy List before you spend money on them.
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