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Happy Holidays with no financial hangover

28 Oct

It’s that time of year.  The calendar page turns to November or maybe even December and we realize how few days remain until Christmas.  It’s not too late to plan for a merry holiday season paid for with cash!

This week, start by making a list of all the people whom you’d like to bless with a gift this season.  Keep it simple.  Start with your immediate family and set a dollar limit for each.  The dollar limit for each should be the amount that you are comfortable paying in cash.  Commit to keep your spending to that amount or less.

The next thing to plan for is holiday gatherings, both Thanksgiving,  Christmas and New Years.  Determine now the amount you can spend on potlucks at Aunt Susie’s, work parties and travel.

Once you’ve determined those two amounts, total up them up and divide it by the number of paydays you have between now and Christmas.  You may need to make adjustments.

Last, make a list of inexpensive or free gifts you could give.  Examples are homemade cookies, fudge, chocolate sauce, soup mixes, certificates for nights of babysitting, free car washes, or for a homemade dinner.  Look also for packs of items you could divide into several different gifts.  There are a multitude of ideas.  My personal favorite is Rachael Ray’s Five-Minute Fudge, inexpensive and absolutely delicious!  One recipe can be divided into 4 different gifts depending on the pan you use.

By making a plan and sticking to a preset budget, you can have a merry holiday season with no financial regrets later.

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Posted by on October 28, 2010 in debt, loans

 

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2 responses to “Happy Holidays with no financial hangover

  1. Jane Hylton

    October 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Natalie, what a wonderful blog – such a gift of writing you have! One other suggestion I might offer is that many stores are now providing “Lay-A-Way” services again. For example, at KMART, you may hold items in LayAWay and make payments over 8 weeks. This might be helpful!

     
  2. Jenna Petersen

    October 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Mrs.Ames, thanks for the reminder, the holidays are coming up so fast-we need a game plan Dave Ramsey-style. I love reading your thoughts!

     

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