Santa's Bag: The Free App I Use To Organize My Christmas Shopping & Budget

 Last year I discovered the app Santa's Bag, through Val @ Lovely Lucky Life.  


Previously, I relied on paper or excel to track my Christmas shopping.  And while that worked fine, it wasn't always the most efficient, and odds were at some point during the season I would not have my list handy, or forget to update my excel sheet.  So, when Val shared this, I figured why not download, it's free, and if I don't use it, I can just delete it.


Well, I did use it, and found it so very handy!  I know I mentioned it last year, but figured it was worth a little more in depth post this year, because I truly think it's a great way to keep tracking of your Christmas shopping, and your Christmas budget.


When you first open the app, you see the summary.  This gives you a countdown to Christmas, as well as a quick view of your gift buying.  How many gifts you've purchased, how many you still need to, and how you are doing with your budget.  It's pretty intuitive to set up...you just make sure it is set on the appropriate year (selecting form the upper right hand corner), and then using the 'set budget' button on the lower part of the summary screen, you input how much you'd like to spend for the season.  


From there, if you click on the 'recipients' button at the bottom, you can create the list of who you are shopping for.  Using the + button at the top right,  you can just add away.  


Once you have added someone to your list, you can click on their name, which takes you to their specific gift list.  Using the + sign again, you will be taken to the 'gift' screen where you can input a gift and the cost.  One thing I love about this app is the little icons which provide you with the status of the gift.  They a status marker for the following: idea, to buy, ordered, to wrap, wrapped, to send, and given.  Super handy to keep track of everything! 


When you input the gifts, that flows through to the summary page, updating what you've bought, what's to be bought still, and of course, the budget.


The app has more features, too, but I opt to keep things a bit simple, and just use what I have mentioned above.


I am curious to hear if anyone else uses this app.  I really recommend it if you are looking for a better way to keep track of shopping this Christmas.  And if you don't use this app, I'd love to hear what you tried and true way is! 


Linking up with Lindsay.


8 comments

  1. That’s pretty cool! I always just use my notes in my phone. I put all holidays and birthdays I buy for with each persons name and I add ideas throughout the year when something comes to mind. I always put my budget next to their name and then update once I actually buy it.

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  2. That sounds neat! I am awful about turning to my phone for anything. In fact I was rooting through my bag like mad for a scrap of paper yesterday to write up a quick grocery list while I was out and about and never once thought of using my phone!

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    1. I have started to rely on my phone more. I used to be strictly pen and paper and hate having to download another app, but this one is soooo worth it. And for grocery lists I always keep a running list in my notes section of my phone. It's been really handy!

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  3. This is brilliant! I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this before! I will have to download it for sure!

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    1. I know - at first I thought I might not use it, but it's so handy and while there are a lot of features on there if you want to use them, you can also just keep it simple, too!

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  4. Oh my gosh, thank you so much for sharing this app!! We usually use google sheets to keep track LOL! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

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  5. Girl, where has this app been all my life?! I've been using an Excel spreadsheet that I love, but the only bad thing is that I can't take it on the go with me when I'm out shopping. I'm going to have to check this out!

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  6. I so need this app. I am so unorganized.

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