How to Stay Within the Budget This Holiday Season

Are you all set for the holiday season? Consumers are advised to set a specific budget on their holiday expenses and activities to avoid overspending. But what if you have a limited budget? What can you do to stretch that budget and stay within the budget this year? Consider these practical tips:

stay within your budget this holiday1. Make a people gift list.

Who do you plan to give gifts to this year? If you have limited budget, don’t feel bad about not being able to give gifts for everybody. Once you have decided the people you want to gift, set a budget for each person

2. Personalize your gifts.

Buying gifts in a rush or searching the department store for anything that seems like a suitable gift for a person isn’t smart. You can end up going over the budget or buying something that isn’t really right for the person you’re giving it to. It’s the thought that counts, remember?

Thus, you should seriously consider what kind of gift would make this person smile? What sort of activities does this person love to do? Is he/she supporting any cause? Thinking about the more personal side of gift giving will help you to find the perfect gift or even create a gift for a friend or loved one without going over the budget.{Also read How to Use Coupons for Holiday Shopping}

3. Prepare early.

Shops usually hold big sale events just a month before Christmas. Some people may think that waiting for the big sale is the best way to save money. However, you can actually save a lot more if you plan your gifts early and take advantage of small sale events months before the holidays. If you decided to buy your mom a dress that she would love, be alert for discount specials from clothing shops which can happen at any time of the year.

4. Consider miscellaneous costs.

Don’t forget to set aside a budget for holiday expenses that are sometimes overlooked such as gift wrapping paper, ribbons, decorations, gas expenses on extra trips to the supermarket and department stores, etc. While each cost might seem petty by itself, miscellaneous costs can ruin your budget when you sum them up together. {Also read Ways to Save More from Your Christmas Getaway}

5. Don’t charge it to credit.

Should you use your student credit card to buy gifts or celebrate the holidays? It can be tempting but it’s best to avoid going into debt this holiday season so you can start the year without any unpaid charges. If you’re not sure where to get the money to pay off your balance, then you should not use your credit card at all.

Be content with a simple celebration. A party does not need to be extravagant in order to be merry. Why go through all the trouble of being stuck in debt just so you can have a grandiose celebration for one night? Even a simple party will do as long as you get to spend time with friends, relatives and people who are close to your heart.

Elizabeth Roberts

Elizabeth Roberts

Liz Roberts and her team are continuously providing information to people who are ready to repair their credit and improve their credit score. Also NewHorizon.org team strives to empower the homebased and small business owners by bringing information that can help them to manage and grow their businesses. Let our 24+ years of business finance experience help you to get the financing you need! CONTACT US if need financing for your business.

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