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Budgeting for the Holidays

Whether its buying presents or traveling, the holiday season always puts a dent in everyone’s wallet. It can be easy to go overboard on gifts for your loved ones, but it is important to have a budget in place so that you do not put yourself in a negative financial position. These budgeting tips will help you get the best gifts for your loved ones without going overboard with your money. If you would like to learn more, check out our blog about holiday hacks for your wallet. 

Take inventory

When buying presents for kids, their overflowing pile of toys can make it easy to accidentally buy them a toy that they already have. Before buying them a gift, make sure to go through what they already have, and what they do not, so you can ensure your gift will be loved. This can also be a great idea for adult friends and family.

Keep track of early sales

Many stores offer sales events during the holiday season, so it is important to keep track of them and see which stores will have your sought-after item on sale. It can be useful to have a general idea of what presents you are looking to buy before Thanksgiving, this way you can put the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to good use. Stores often do Christmas sales as well, so you don’t have to feel rushed to have a set list of gifts in November.

Look into homemade gifts

While it can be tempting to buy a gift with monetary value, many people enjoy receiving homemade gifts that are heartfelt. Consider making something for your loved one that has sentimental value rather than purchasing an item from the store. By doing so, you can save money and put that money to good use elsewhere. You could even use the money you saved one year to buy a present from the store the next year!

Set a final holiday budget

Taking the tips listed above into consideration, make a final budget for your overall holiday spendings. Think about the presents you will need to buy, the food you plan on purchasing, the decorations you would like, etc. After gathering all of this information, add them together to see your final budget and work towards staying within this budget as you are making your way through the holiday season.

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