This time of year can put lots of extra strain on your budget, from costumes and candy for Halloween, to a turkey that feeds your extended family for Thanksgiving, to decorations and gifts galore for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
Saving during the holidays doesn’t just mean saving on various elements of the celebrations. It also means sticking to more long-term savings goals and avoiding accumulation of new debt. America Saves has compiled some tips to help you plan for a fun and fulfilling holiday season while not drowning in expenses.
Create a holiday budget
- Set your spending limit before you start budgeting. And stick to your limit. That might mean making some compromises. Think through what you need to make your holiday happy and successful.
- Reduce your spending. Add up the total of your holiday list, and don’t be shy about reducing it some more. Challenge yourself to spend a little less each year.
- Plan for as many expenses as possible. Be as comprehensive as you can as you create your budget. Don’t forget things like holiday tips and year-end giving.
- Remember to save. Continue saving over the holidays so you don’t shortchange your retirement, education, small business, or other goals.