The holidays will look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why most people will try harder to make the season brighter. But, you don’t have to dip into the kids’ college savings to create a special time!
The most important thing to remember is to plan ahead with a set spending amount for gifts, wrap, entertainment, donations, and travel.
Once you have your gift-recipient list, figure out a realistic amount you are able to spend on each person. Then, jot down a couple of gift ideas in your price range for that person.
Try using our budgeting software called MoneyDesktop to keep your spending in check. You can use it for your regular monthly budgeting, but it also allows you to allocate more funds for holiday purchases. Using graphs and reports, it shows you how much you’ve spent and how it will affect your budget in the months ahead.
Due to the pandemic, holiday shopping is already in full swing. Most people want to avoid crowds, so they are already hitting malls. Retailers are well aware of this and are offering pre-Black Friday sales and discounts.
Some other money-saving tips:
Still reeling from the pandemic, most folks will host smaller holiday gatherings this year, which will save tons on food, treats, and adult beverages. Keep costs down by asking everyone to bring their favorite side or dessert and include festive recipe cards with the chef’s name.
Use DIY decor containing natural items, like holly and pine cones. Gather the kids and go on a hike to find outdoor holiday decorations.
Save more by partying without plastic. Disposable plates and dinnerware are not great for the environment and your budget.
The holidays are a time for goodwill toward all, but if your budget cannot accommodate a monetary donation, volunteer your time.
Keep your holiday dollars in check, and you may have some holiday spirit left over even after the last elf is packed away and the January bills start rolling in.
We at Stark FCU wish you all a happy, healthy, and stress-free holiday.
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