We have several more holidays that are up and coming. Next week is Thanksgiving, Christmas is in a month, and then there’s New Year’s. All these holidays bring families together to share experiences, gifts, and each other’s company. The holidays also mean spending a lot of money. If you’re trying to combat how much money you’re spending, and find alternative methods for doing so, follow along for financial tips for the holidays.
Maintaining A Budget
A budget is your best friend. You need to set a budget for the holidays every single year. That includes gifts, food, entertainment, housing, and other related expenses you may encourage during those times. Once you have set your budget, stick to it. You must stick to the budget you have in place.
When it comes to budgeting, you have to have a saving mindset. For the holidays, budget and save as early as possible. You can do this in several ways, like starting a Christmas account, doing automatic deposits into an outside savings platform, or using a savings platform that allows you to fund multiple goals throughout the year. What you save should match the budget you have laid out. By the time the holiday rolls around, your budget category will be fully funded and ready to use.
Don’t Buy Expensive
A lot of people want to buy the hottest gadgets and toys on the market. While that is not a problem, sometimes those high price tags are. Ditch the high prices for good by looking for sales, clearance, and other consumer discounts. One way you can do this is by joining deal groups on Facebook and other social media platforms. Whenever there’s a great sale, promo code, or price reduction, they will alert you. This works perfectly on clothes, gadgets and electronics, and toys. You can also look at marketplace goods or go an alternative route. Instead of expensive gifts, you can gift money, investments, or even experiences that your loved one will truly enjoy.
The holidays are a fun and exciting time for everyone. It brings families, friends, and others together in one space to celebrate and enjoy each other. Don’t make it a costly financial endeavor. Instead, use these financial tips for the holidays.
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Shatel Huntley has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University. In her spare time, she works with special needs adults and travels the world. Her interests include traveling to off the beaten path destinations, shopping, couponing, and saving.