‘Tis the season to be jolly… and financially responsible! While the holiday season is a time of merriment and joy, the extra expenses – shopping, travel, events, gifts, etc. – can also bring financial strain and added stress to those who aren’t prepared.
If you are looking to save money this holiday season, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled five money-saving tips to help ease your financial stress this holiday season.
- Set a holiday budget. Review your normal expenses to find a spending limit you can afford. Look for areas you can temporarily (or permanently) afford to cut costs and use those savings toward your holiday fund.
- Make a list and check it twice. Gathering wish lists from friends and family can help you avoid buying expensive last-minute panic items. If you’re struggling to stay within your budget, you may need to trim people from the list or find a more affordable gift.
- Take advantage of seasonal sales. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are thrilling to experience, they don’t always guarantee the best holiday deals. Taking time to look for the right offer can lead to big savings for you.
- Be mindful of using cards. Your debit and credit cards may offer built-in consumer protections, which can make them more secure than carrying cash, however, be careful not to get carried away. Overspending on your debit card can lead to unwanted overdraft fees, and overcharging on a credit card can lead to more monthly payments with additional interest charges.
- Don’t forget to make memories. There are many ways to enjoy the holiday season other than giving gifts. Make memories with your loved ones this holiday season by enjoying free activities such as looking at holiday lights, volunteering at a local homeless shelter or children’s charity, attending your local tree lighting, etc.
The holidays are a time for celebration, not financial worry. By practicing these money-savings tips, you can minimize stress and start focusing on the more important moments.
Have you already wrapped up this year’s holiday spending? Whether you have or not, it’s never too early (or late) to start saving for next year! Be prepared for future holiday expenses with our Holiday Club account. Learn more about our Holiday Club account by contacting your banking center today.