Once a week, I will be writing up some tips to help make the upcoming holiday season as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. With Christmas being less than 2 months away, it’s good to get a head start and think ahead.
This used to be me. Every year, I usually would just buy gifts for family/friends with really no budget. After Christmas rolled around, I’d stare at my credit card bill in disgust. How did I go overboard?
One of two things would happen. I’d either buy a gift, but end up keeping it because I want it so badly or I’d stupidly make impulse buys for gifts without doing my research. It was tough, but after years of being in the hole after Christmas, and now being married, I thought a budget would be the best way to go.
It wasn’t difficult at all. The hubs and I sat down one evening and went person by person with a set budget range for them. As far as shopping goes, we’re buying our own family gifts since we know our family members best, but knowing how much we will be spending collectively in advance is going to help us so much.
After making our budget, I looked online to see if there was a better way to do it, but it looks like we got the gist of it.
Sounds simple, right?
Are you planning on making a gift budget for this holiday season?