42 F
Fort Worth
Monday, November 30, 2020
Banking 6 Tips to Celebrate Within Your Means This Holiday Season

6 Tips to Celebrate Within Your Means This Holiday Season

Other News

Rethinking Screen Time for Kids

(StatePoint) As families try to establish a new normal, balancing screen time for kids has become not only especially challenging, but more important than...

Seniors with diabetes: Important questions to ask your doctor now

(BPT) - If you're a senior with diabetes, you're not alone. The statistics are eye opening — more than 25% of Americans age 65...

Connecting in kindness during troubling times

(BPT) - The theory that the world is interconnected to such a degree that the fluttering of a butterfly’s wing in Africa could cause...

Protecting Your Financial Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak [Video]

Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag.(BPT) - The COVID-19 outbreak has many Americans quickly trying to adjust to a new...

(StatePoint) For many families, the holiday season is the most expensive time of year. Americans spent over $707 billion dollars during the 2018 holidays, according to the National Retail Federation, and it would be no surprise for spending to increase in 2019.

“It is important to ensure you are spending wisely and not turning the new year into a time of new debt,” says Michael McAuliffe, president of Family Credit Management, a non-profit credit-counseling agency.

To spend sensibly and with good cheer this season, consider these tips from McAuliffe and the experts at Family Credit Management.

• Set a budget: While you should be following a budget throughout the year, it’s important to have a holiday-specific budget too. Figure out how much you are able to spend on each person’s gift and stick to it. This will help you consider those big-ticket items more seriously and make it possible for you to stay on track.

• Decorate wisely: With a tight budget, consider using last year’s decorations or making homemade decorations, as a fun, money-saving project to do with the whole family. While there’s no real need to buy new, expensive decorations every year, if you are so inclined, don’t forget to include that in your holiday budget.

• Think about shipping: Online deals might look great, and many times they are. Other times, they’re not really deals at all because of shipping costs. If you are going to shop online, make sure to keep an eye out for free shipping days offered by many retailers and to factor in shipping, when necessary, into your overall spending plan.

• Don’t shop because you’re “supposed” to: Just because it’s Black Friday or Cyber Monday, doesn’t mean you have to shop. While there are some good deals offered during these events, just as frequently, the deals are not super special once you look at the normal price and product reviews. Unfortunately, marketing teams are great at knowing how to access wallets through product placement and signage, and shopping during these times will increase impulse spending and make it much harder to stick to a holiday budget.

• Use apps to price check: Technology is great! There are many apps out there to price-check items while you’re shopping, so you can make sure you are getting the best deal. Some retail stores will even adjust the price in-store when you have found a better deal online.

• Leave the credit cards at home: Put your holiday budget on a pre-paid debit card or gift card that you can use anywhere. Going shopping with only that card will help ensure that you don’t spend more than your budgeted amount. Not only will it help you stay within budget, but it will also help your purchase stay interest-free.

For free money-saving and budget tips that you can use year-round, visit familycredit.org/resources.

Don’t let the holidays take a toll on your 2020 finances. A few key strategies can help you celebrate within budget.

Photo Credit: (c) Julianna Funk / iStock.com


close






Oh hi there 👋
It’s nice to meet you.

Sign up to receive awesome content in your inbox.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Latest News

Biden to nominate Yellen, highlights diversity on econ team

WILMINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced his senior economic team, including his plans to nominate the first woman to head the...

Stocks edge higher on Wall Street on latest vaccine hopes

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in morning trading Monday after investors received several pieces of encouraging news on COVID-19 vaccines and...

Mnuchin denies he’s trying to hinder incoming administration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied that he is attempting to limit the choices President-elect Joe Biden will have to promote an...

Bank of America announces $2.65 million jobs initiative for Texas Black and Hispanic-Latino students

Bank of America announced a new multimillion dollar jobs initiative Nov. 19 to help students of color complete the education and training necessary to...

PNC to buy US unit of Spain’s BBVA bank for $11.6 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — PNC Financial Services Group said Monday it is buying the U.S. subsidiary of Spain's BBVA bank for $11.6 billion in...