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The holidays are a time of year to be festive and give gifts to loved ones, but they can also be an event that leads us to overspend. Did you know 7 in 10 Americans say they overspend during the holiday season? According to a survey, 70% of Americans overspend during this season.
If you’re planning to spend less this holiday, here are 11 tips to help you do so.
Write it down
Write down your plans for the holiday season! Seriously, please write it down!
If you plan to spend money on gifts, write it down. Likewise, if you are planning on traveling, write it down.
Write down a list and check it twice! Write down your plans, any ideas you may have, and anything that will help you stay focused and on budget.
When you write things down, it makes them more real and keeps you organized. In the middle of Christmas, shopping chaos goes back to what you have written down to remind you of what you are doing and bring you back on track.
What are the goals for this holiday season? What is the plan?
Budget for the Holidays
If you do not want to overspend money this holiday season, create a budget and follow it.
Does this word sound familiar?
You have to make sure that you budget your Christmas shopping spending. December is the biggest shopping season in this country. People shop!
That’s why we add money to a Christmas account to help us save for this time of the year.
Having a budget will allow you to view where your hard-earned money is going and keep you from overspending cash on things you don’t need.
Budgeting is key to a successful financial goal. Need help with your budget? Check out these posts:
Look at the sales ads
Black Friday is not going to be the same. As you already know, people will buy online and avoid the chaos of shopping in-store.
Since 2020 changed how we shop during the holiday, sales have started earlier than Thanksgiving. As a result, shopping will begin early, and finding the best deals will reduce your overspending.
We are seeing an early start to the holiday shopping season in mid-October. A survey found that 2 in 10 people will start to shop early.
Customers will avoid crowds and long lines, and the store will benefit from dealing with large last-minute crowds.
A result in large crowds results in a more significant expense for stores. However, the payroll budget alone is very high during the Christmas shopping season. Reducing the number of customers and starting holiday sales earlier and online will keep this low cost.
Since deals are starting earlier this year, you can expect to continue to see deal after deal since retailers’ holiday shopping sales have expanded from the typical Black Friday, end of November, to mid-October.
Can you believe that retailers make more money during this time of the year than the rest of the year combined?
Sorry about that, the former retail manager in me came out.
You will find great deals during this time of the year, thanks to early online shopping giants Amazon. And you will get a feel for how much you need to save for the following holiday season.
Shop with a list
Yes, a shopping list to go with you every time you go shopping, even online shopping!
Now that you have seen the sales from looking at ads make your list, create your budget, and head to the store.
Only shop for the items that are on your list.
This will prevent you from making an impulse buy. What happens when you purchase something that is not on your list? You overspend. THANK YOU!
Avoid looking at deal websites.
Looking at bargain sites will cause you to overspend your money during this Christmas season.
Just avoid them as much as possible.
Remember that though helpful, bargain sites are there to sell bargains.
If you feel tempted every time you see a deal pop up, skip looking at deal sites. This includes any bargain Facebook groups too!!!!
Delete all advertising emails
This might sound harsh to some of us, but you must hit the unsubscribe button on your favorite deal emails today.
Don’t open them and give in to temptation.
Around this time of the year, several emails that say they have crazy “Doorbuster Deals” will be sent every hour from all retailers. Either unsubscribe or delete them from your inbox.
Remember, this is the time of the year when everyone sells just about everything because we consumers are in shopping mode.
Shop when there’s a crowd
Well, this was such a good tip, but I will say avoid the crowds with everything going on! But if you can’t and want to deal with people during the holiday season, then all mean shop when it’s busy.
You think this is insane, but if you think about it, when the stores are busy, you will get irritated enough to grab what you need and get out.
If you shop when the store is less crowded, you will look around and give to temptation.
Remember when I mentioned that shopping online would be big this year? Well, take advantage of it.
Shopping online is the best way to stick to your budget and shopping list. It’s simple to shop around and find what you are looking for.
You don’t need to deal with traffic, the crowd, or the item not being stocked after driving there.
That being said, DON’T GIVE TO TEMPTATION.
Online sites can easily be distracting with their ads and sales. So please stick to your list; it’s what I suggest you do.
Cut your Christmas list down.
Instead of giving everyone on your list gifts, try and cut your list down.
Do you have to buy everyone’s gifts this year?
Be open about your financial situation and come up with an alternative.
Don’t feel guilty about how much you spend on others. Remember, buying material things is not what the season is really about.
Shop items that are off-season
To save money, look for popular items that are on clearance.
You will find many items on clearance; sometimes, promo codes will work with clearance items.
Swimsuits and sandals as Christmas gifts?
Summer will be coming soon, whether we like it or not.
Remember that tis the season to give!
With everything happening today, the best thing you can do is give.
Let’s be honest this year has affected many families financially, and many have lost loved ones.
Let’s help! Let’s give!
Why stress over buying gifts when this is the season to give?
Spend it with your family and make memories. Gifts are just material things.
This season, give the gift of love by donating your time and helping others. This gift is so rewarding and good for the soul.
I hope these helpful tips prevent you from overspending your money this Christmas season.
Remember that only you can control your spending, and it’s not about material things but about spending time with family and creating memories.
Great tips! Sticking to a budget can be hard but it’s the best way not to overspend!
Thank you Amanda. Have a great day!
Great list ! As you say, the important thing is to start with a list, and stick with it ! And shopping way before Christmas, is my way to stick to the budget
Great tip, Joanna. Thank you for sharing.
Great tips – I always delete advertising emails because then I end up buying things I hadn’t planned to.
Been guilty of doing this myself for that reason.
Great tips, will definitely remember these when shopping.
Thank you Shaney!
These are all really great tips and I cannot wait to read this with my family! 🙂
I have a family of 6 and Christmas is getting out of control! LOL
LOL Understandble. Let me know how it goes for you all.
I always shop clearance and start my Christmas shopping right after Christmas. They always have the leftover sales from the season before so I just store them in my gift closet. I also save them for birthday gifts.
Good idea, Jessica! Thank you for sharing it.
Great tips!! I’ll definitely use these tips when shopping for the holidays this year!
Thank you Olivia.
Great Tips! love the one about just deleting the advertising emails. I always get sucked into those. LOL.
Yes you do. I am guilty of that.
These are great! I always tend to spend way too much over the holidays but this year I’m on a budget. Thank you for posting this!
Thank you Happy! Is very easy to get distracted and overspend. Stay focus. You can do it!
these are awesome tips! Love the list and budgeting. That is always my saving grace!!
Thank you Tianna!
Good tips! I always start early too, like int eh summer, that way I have time to look for deals and I’m not stressing out about trying to get things bought quickly.
Thank you for sharing this tip Justine.
These are really great tips, thank you for sharing it.
Glad you like them Daniela.
These are some really great and helpful tips. I think this will really help people out.
Thank you for your kid comment, Katherine!
These are all excellent tips. Saving money is really important for us this year, as we’re on a strict budget. I’ve been good at #4 so far! =0)
Me too, me too! I did excellent Black Friday. I stuck to store ads only. LOL
#6 does sound insane like you mention but I was recently in that situation and I totally agree! Never thought about it proactively.
Yes!!! My husband was the one that suggested to me one time. He said to go shop because he knew I will so aggravated I will shop for what I need and get out! He was so right.
such great tips, I always stick to my budget, in fact I have a savings account that I use for christmas and I always only use that amount
These are so helpful! I can get carried away with buying presents. Those sale emails get deleted right away because I know they’ll be too tempting!
I like your tip about cutting down on presents. We’re trying that this year. Instead of tons of small presents, we’ll do one or two big presents.