It’s so easy to get carried away during the Christmas season! The season’s excitement makes carefree living seem like the only way to go during Christmas.
As fun as the season is, it’s essential to keep an eye on your budget during Christmastime, so you’re not faced with a financial crisis later on.
How can you resist the urge to spend frivolously in the name of gifts and have a good time?
Consider these tips for managing your Christmas cash effectively:
- Remember that January is a long month. Resist the urge to spend all your Christmas earnings on gifts, parties and Christmas decorations. The sooner you spend it, the sooner you’ll start to stress out about living through a long January on mere cents.
- Always give thought to emergencies which may pop up. Leave room in your budget spur-of-the-moment-the-moment things that could come your way in January.
- Set up bill reminders. If you are constantly reminded of the bills, you must settle during Christmas and immediately after, you’ll be more inclined to manage your money effectively. As you shop for gifts, decorations, and other Christmas expenses, keep your financial responsibilities in mind to ensure you can cover them when required.
- Setup alarms on your phone that remind you days before your bill due date.
- Write the due dates for your bills on your calendar.
- Avoid credit cards. One saying can help you avoid credit card disasters that you’ll regret for months and maybe years to come: “If you can’t pay for it in cash, don’t buy it on credit.” As simple as it seems, ensuring you avoid getting over your head with credit card expenses this Christmas is very effective.
- If you plan to use your credit card, ensure your bank account has at least 90 per cent of the purchase total in available cash.
- Aim to settle your credit card bill on time and in full.
- Keep your priorities in check. If you have your financial preferences straight for eleven months of the year, you should be more than able to keep them in check during December. Here’s the perfect guide:
- At the beginning of December, list your responsibilities and prioritise them.
- Determine how much of your earnings to dedicate to each priority.
- Put aside the amounts decided upon.
- Whatever you’re left with after these priorities is what you can use for Christmas spending.
- Give yourself a gift to brighten future Christmas seasons. Open a Christmas account for next year with £10. Then, starting the first week of January, add £10 each week. You’ll have £500 to spend freely next Christmas season. If you put in £20 per week, you’ll have £1000! Take the financial stress out of your Christmas with this small weekly gift to yourself.
As Christmas approaches, it’s easy to get caught up in holiday festivities. Before you take the plunge into Christmas spending, remember that a little discipline and focus go a long way! Prioritise what matters most to you and make sure your budget caters for those priorities first.
By taking the time to focus on things that matter strategically, not only will you reap better rewards in terms of peace of mind and achieving goals but this disciplined approach can also help prevent being overwhelmed or financially stuck after the holidays!
Remember: always think ahead as there are more Christmases’ ahead – so why not manage your holiday expenses thoughtfully? Let today be a reminder to prioritise wisely before taking the leap into Christmas indulgence.
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