We always try to keep our lifestyle budget-friendly, especially during the holidays, when it is easier to overspend. This is why we are sharing our own tips to help you stick to your budget while holiday shopping.
Set Your Budget
The first thing you need to do is set a realistic budget of how much you can spend on your holiday shopping. Remember to ensure you have enough money for your other expenses, such as bills and grocery shopping.
Make A Shopping List
Once you have set your budget, you want to make a shopping list of everything holiday related. This includes the people you are shopping for, gift wrap, baking essentials and postage for cards.
Prioritize Your Spending
It is important to prioritize your spending during the holiday season. For example, it may be best to skip dining out or going to the movies if your budget is tight. This way, you can spend money on the holidays without feeling unsure or guilty.
Look For Sales
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday, these are all great times to look for sales and discounts. Of course, you want to check online and offline retailers throughout the season, as you never know what kind of discounts they are going to offer.
Consider A Cash-Only Method
When you use a debit or credit card, it is easier to overspend on holiday items. Once your budget is set, start placing cash in an envelope for your holiday shopping. Set a rule for only using the cash in the envelope and not your card for the holidays.
We love coming home to our HighPoint Town Square apartment after a day of shopping. The cozy interior allows us to sit back and relax, with a peace of mind in knowing we did a good job with our holiday budgeting.