April 13, 2018
Twas the month of December, and all through the town, wallets were stirring, holiday shopping was all around. With the holidays near, and lots of budgets to stack, here’s a very merry guide to keep your finances on track.
‘Tis the Season for Budget Planning
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is getting to a new height with only a handful of days left until Christmas. You may be getting ready for some last-minute shopping but before you do, take a moment to plan. Create a list of all potential expenses, from gifts and decorations to festive feasts you need to consider before Christmas morning. Channel your inner St. Nick and check it twice, ensuring no expense catches you by surprise.
Use our helpful Holiday Gift Planner to manage your gift spending this month.
Trimming the Financial Tree
To set yourself up for a peaceful holiday free of financial stress, consider taking some time to trim your financial “tree” by cutting unnecessary expenses. Identify non-essential spending and redirect those funds to your December budget. Perhaps skip the peppermint lattes for a couple of weeks to balance your gift spending or grow your savings before the new year.
Santa’s Little Helpers - Budgeting Apps
In this digital age, let Santa's little helpers (budgeting apps) assist you. Tools like Mint, Rocket Money, or PocketGuard can track spending, set limits, and provide insights. Embrace technology to stay on top of your finances and avoid any financial humbugs.
Elves at Work - Earn Extra Income
This time of year, Santa isn’t the only one that needs extra help from elves. Lots of retailers need seasonal workers during the holiday season. Consider a part-time seasonal job for December and January to pad your budget. This jolly boost can transform your financial outlook and make your wallet as plump as Santa’s sack.
Gift-Giving Wisdom - Secret Santa Style
Channel your inner Kris Kringle with a Secret Santa gift exchange. This way, each person only buys one gift, minimizing expenses and maximizing the joy of giving. Establish spending limits to ensure everyone stays within their budget.
Looking for other ways to cut costs, follow our guide for other ways to spend less this Holiday season.
Rudolph’s Red Nose - Personal Installment Loans
Just as Rudolph's red nose guides the sleigh, a small personal installment loan can guide your financial sleigh through unexpected expenses. Sunset Finance offers personalized loans to help you navigate the holiday season with ease. A little financial assistance can make your celebrations merrier and stress-free.
Have a Merry & Bright Holiday Budget
In the spirit of a merry December, recap your budget. Ensure you stay within your limits and review areas for improvement. Use this festive season as a learning experience for future budgeting endeavors.
As you embark on this financial journey, remember that Sunset Finance is here to assist you with personal installment loans. Like Santa's trusted reindeer, let Sunset Finance guide you through a season of financial peace of mind. Happy budgeting!
‘Twas the month of December, with budgets all bright, not a worry in sight as you managed it right. With careful planning and a dash of delight, your holiday season will be merry and bright.
Free Personal Finance Resources
If you would like more resources on personal finances and budgeting, check out these resources:
- Check out our online resource center for more budgeting basics and more
- For more great information on all things credit-related, head to our 'Basics of Credit' reference page.
- Download our Free Simple Monthly Budgeting Worksheet
- Learning to manage a budget becomes a relatively simple task with a bit of practice. Take a look at The Basics of Budgeting to get started.
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