The holidays should be time to relax, enjoy time with family and friends, and eat far too much delicious food – but for far too many of us, this time of year is also accompanied by a biting anxiety when you think about the amount of money being spent. For those individuals with debt, holiday spending can be a major stress inducer – so we’ve developed a list of easy to implement tips to help with dealing with debt over the holidays.
Tips for dealing with debt over the holidays:
First off, set a holiday budget and keep track of what you spend. Establishing a budget is the best way to ensure that you don’t overspend. Have several people to buy for? Divide that budget into envelopes and take those with you when you shop – once an envelope is empty you are finished with that person.
Start a Secret Santa tradition. Instead of buying for all of the adults in your family, draw names and set a budget and each person buys only for one person – this can seriously cut costs.
Shop with a list. This can help curb over-spending if you stick to the list rather than buying everything that you see and think others will love.
Shop early. You still have a few weeks before you have to give those gifts, so get started right now. This also helps to give you time to price match, ensuring everything you want is in stock. And when shopping early, take the time to look for sales and discounts.
Get creative. If you have the time and the imagination you can save a ton of money by making gifts rather than buying them. Take advantage of Pinterest for great gift ideas that you can make yourself – you might even find some great ideas and suggestions on saving money in other ways.
Remember: many of us start out with good intentions –buying everything with credits cards with the intention of paying these cards off as soon as the holidays are over – but this isn’t usually what happens and many individuals find themselves paying for their holiday spending months into the New Year. Don’t let the holidays = huge credit card debt.
Dealing with debt during the holidays can be a challenge, especially if you are already struggling financially, but these tips may just help you keep things in perspective and stop you from going overboard.
For more about dealing with debt, whether during the holidays or at any time during the year, please contact DebtCare Canada for tips that you can use any time: 1-888-890-0888.