The holidays are here! That means delicious meals, parties, and fun with loved ones. It can also mean spending a lot of money-too much if you're not careful. Here are some easy-to-follow suggestions to help you stay within your budget this holiday season:
- Decide exactly how much you can spend before you spend a dollar. Hopefully, you have already set aside holiday shopping money in anticipation of this expense, and you have an idea of what you can afford. Make a list of who you are shopping for and how much you want to spend on each person. Don't forget to also plan your spending for decorations and cards.
- Do your research and take advantage of sales. Remember that just because an item is presented as a bargain doesn't mean it actually is. Know how much things usually cost and make sure you're really getting a discount. Try to purchase items on sale and limit making full price purchases.
- Leave your credit cards at home. Use cash or a debit card to make your purchases, which will limit your spending to available funds.
- Use your head and put your heart on the back burner. It can feel good to buy gifts for everyone you know, but you are not Santa Claus-so you don't have to! If you would like to do something nice for your coworkers, for instance, bake a large batch of cookies.
Following these simple tips can help to make the holidays a bit less stressful. Focus on how much quality time you spend with your loved ones-as opposed to how much money you spend on them-and you can't go wrong. Plan ahead and start off the new year saving for next year's holiday season with our Popular Direct Plus savings account or CD.
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