Budgeting During the Holidays (3 Minute Debt Break)

2023-11-28  3 minute read

Lifestyle Debt


he Holidays can be all about feasting, toasting, and spreading joy. But let's face it. The pressure to go all out during the festive season can turn wallets inside out, leaving you in a financial hangover that lasts into the new year. The good news? You don't have to break the bank to have a blast this holiday season.

Woman budgeting with calculator during Christmas season.

Let's start with a game plan: set a spending cap for gifts. You might be in for a rude awakening when your credit card bill arrives without it. It's easy to lose track of spending in the holiday frenzy, so having a budget is key.

If you're in a big group, try drawing names. This way, you can cut down on the number of gifts without anyone feeling left out. It's a win-win. You save money and everyone gets something thoughtful. Plus, it spares you from the headache of figuring out what to get every single person on your list.
Here's a pro Holiday tip: leave the credit card at home. Make your holidays an Interac-only zone. Whether you've been saving throughout the year or just adjusting your December budget, sticking to Interac and cash will help you avoid a January filled with financial regret.

Honesty can be your wallet's best friend during the holidays. It might feel a bit awkward, but being upfront about what you need (and what you don't) with family and friends can be a real game-changer. It saves everyone time and money, especially if you include some budget-friendly options in your wish list.

Another way to keep the holiday costs down is to keep your celebrations cozy and intimate. Limit the big gatherings to just your closest circle. Not only does it save on the hefty food costs that come with feeding a large group, but you might also find these small get-togethers more meaningful and enjoyable.
And remember, the early bird gets the worm when it comes to holiday budgeting. Start planning for next year now! This approach is a surefire way to avoid overspending and sinking into debt. Plus, you'll be surprised how much more enjoyable and stress-free the holidays can be when you're not constantly worrying about the financial aftermath.

So, here's to a holiday season that's merry and. Bright! And also kind to your finances! From everyone at MNP… we hope you and your family have safe, happy, and debt free holiday season!

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