How to Avoid Overspending This Festive Season
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How to Avoid Overspending This Festive Season

EPF December 17, 2018

Do you have any plan this festive holiday? Do you know that buying gifts, food, decorations among other luxuries can leave you destitute? Would you like to spend this festive season without racking up debt? Do not worry since this content will help you target your wallet without any regret. Remember, the season is just around the corner; you need to budget everything to avoid shame since the best budget is your weapon against overspending. Below are the tips to follow to prevent impulse overspending over the holiday.

Budget yourself

It’s advisable to set wise plans mostly when it comes to spending money during the holiday. First, you have to come up with a shopping list depending on their usefulness and urgency. Afterwards, consider the available cash you can afford, or you have to spend on your budget. Remember to do away with least plans which are not entirely essential to ensure you are on a budget.

Advance gifts

Prior purchasing of awards before the festive period displays good reasoning. This reduces the chances of rushing to the stores the last minute; peak days lead to overcrowding and transaction delays. However, for those who don’t plan their gifts, there is still room for improvement. All you need is to budget on time by creating a gift list depending on the number of people to receive awards then buy before kicking in of the festive season. When you fail to have a game plan, you will end up buying expensive gifts. The procedure improves your other money-saving strategies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Plan the number of people to give and how much each requires

Before spending much on gifts and other luxuries during this holiday, first, it’s good to consider your capability on issues of money. List down all the people you are surprising, the kind of gifts to offer, and the maximum amount you’ll spend on gifts. With your comfortable list, you will be able to avoid overspending; though it’s not advisable to always purchase gifts.

Don’t let prices get personal

You should not worry about the amount you spend on gifts you share to your friends. What matters is how you value that individual and the meaning behind the gift.  Remember, awards are presented in a personal way, but prices are not. For instance; if you have a brother and a friend and you want to surprise them both, you can spend $30 for your brother’s gift and $20 for your friend, keeping in mind to operate within the estimated budget.

 

Shop on offers for best deals

During the festive season, most dealers have high opportunity to advertise their products and services on offer. Therefore, when planning the type of gift and how much to spend on it, you need to shop on offers and spend your little coin effectively. Remember, there are higher chances of buying goods on discount during the festive period. For instance; most stores in America have black Fridays where they advertise their products by selling them on offer.

Avoid over-excitement when shopping

Assuming that you have a shopping list of items to buy during the holiday, avoid buying unwanted or non-budgeted items when you visit the shopping center. Go straight to your list, stick to it and buy what you had planned. Even if you find an appealing item on your way, avoid it.

Use the “Secret Santa” concept

The concept applies to a group of family members or a group of friends. A leader of choice may take all the names of group members (each written on small paper) and presents them into a bowl. Each should pick one name randomly from the container. Therefore, you have to buy a little gift for the person you have chosen. Through the concept, affordable gifts are shared happily among themselves.

Be a savvy shopper

Would you like to save your cash during the festive season? Buy nothing! You will save more than when spending much on the sale. You only need to use what you have at the moment. Secondly, list down all the items you want with their reasonable price tag then stick to your list. Once you have the list of things, double check the best place to shop by giving preferences to coupons whose deals reflect the necessary items from your list. Being a savvy shopper, you get the best discounts on your shopping.

Avoid adding debt to your plan

For your information, most people prefer using their credit cards to settle their holiday shopping bills. Remember, the more you use your credit card to clear your expenses, the higher the interest rate and the enormous the debt. Therefore, it’s advisable to budget your money either in cash or in the form of a credit card to avoid paying off your arrears the years to come. Contrary, if you use your credit card to shop, ensure you settle all the debt on time before the interest rate starts to count.

Use an expense tracker to get calibrated

If you want to spend less during this holiday, first determine your monthly income, and your monthly expenses then budget what to spend during the holiday. Savings will meet this depending on what you have set aside. Therefore, it’s advisable to reduce your regular expenses by paying what you have planned to meet your holiday target.

Keep a list of your spending

If you have more than two items to buy for your holiday, write them down since it will help you to distinguish between needs and wants. Also, having a list increases the chances of remembering the exact items you require thus saving your money and time. Moreover, it’s advisable to keep track of your shopping budget to prevent overspending. For those who eat much never be disappointed, try to minimize your expenses and buy a gift instead.

Meaning of festive season

Before spending any amount or trying to carry out any activity over your holiday, it’s advisable first to understand the meaning the meaning of the word “holiday.” Holiday is a fantastic period you spend together with your loved ones for celebration purposes. Therefore, best friends may not demand expensive gifts during holidays; the amount doesn’t measure true friendship but how stronger is their relationship.

Cut expenses to have more money over the holiday

If you want to enjoy your holiday, trim some of your daily or monthly costs to get enough funds for your holiday. For instance, you can save almost $100 from your monthly food budget. Though it’s not easy to stay on budget, try to shop carefully to avoid running out of food. Trimming your expenses will enable you to make extra cash for your holiday without much spending.

Get an extra job for extra cash

Planning for a second job is the best way to earn extra for your holiday spending. For instance, monthly employees can sacrifice to work on shifts for any seasonal position vacant. Remember, during the festive season there are higher demands for workers. In cases where you have a tight schedule to get a second job, you still have a chance to earn extra cash by working online from your home.

Get ahead by comparing prices

If you want to get the best prices for your listed items, it’s advisable to visit various retailers’ websites such as NexTag and Price Grabber and get a clear view of what they offer and at what price. The research will help you avoid much spending by analyzing the best retailer with good deals together with popular sale events such as Cyber Monday, Sister Holiday, and Black Friday.

 

Start shopping early

As the festive season nears, remember to make extra plans on how to purchase some of your shopping in advance. For your information, shopping earlier reduces the financial strain which you could have encountered while shopping in bulks. Interestingly, most producers release their new brands and other stock a week or a month before holidays, therefore; there are higher chances of winning beautiful gifts on apparel. Remember, buying large appliances pre to holiday seasons, the higher the best bargain offer.

Maximize credit card rewards

Do you know that you can feed yourself throughout the festive season by only using your reward credit card? You need to redeem your points or get cash back for your gifts. Interestingly, you can also take advantage of your rewards by redeeming miles for adventure or redeeming for goods to represent as gifts. However, those who don’t have the rewards card, there are better chances of signing up for a credit card. Remember, you can also use your credit card points for your holiday expenses.

Sign up for a last-minute deal on Email

Majority of the customers target certain stores as their shopping dealers. If you are among the list, it’s advisable to sign up with your retailer for shopping alerts. You only need to log onto a site such as FatWallet or SlickDeals and update your preferences. Once you log in, you will able to accept an email or a text message showing that you have signed for deals. By doing this, you will receive multiple alerts on products and their new price tags. Also, you will access discounts when you make a deal on email.

In conclusion, it’s essential to have a shopping list before you purchase anything over the holiday.  

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