Money might be tight this year and financial constraints may require some adjustments. We give you tips on how you can protect your wallet from the temptation to overspend.
Don’t shop until you drop this festive season.
Don’t break the bank this festive season.
Budget like a pro this festive season.
When we think of the festive season, we think of presents and all the wonderful things that come with a celebration. We also know that the festive season is a time for giving, which means that we often find ourselves spending beyond our means.
Financially, this puts us on the back foot, often for months into the new year, which is why it’s essential to set a budget before we even set foot into a store or when shopping online.
A budget gives you control over your finances, it’s a plan for how you spend. Often we find ourselves swiping our cards without thinking about how much money we have coming in. A budget will give you a clear plan for your spending, showing you what’s coming in (income) and going out (expense). By tracking your spending habits, you can see what you can cut out and where you can save.
While budgeting over the festive season is especially important because it’s the most significant spend of most people’s year, you will find it useful to budget throughout the year. A big part of budgeting is projecting your future spend to prepare for expenses like buying school uniforms, a car service or an increase in your rental.
Once you have projected your future spend, it’s time to think about unexpected expenses. What happens when you find yourself in an unexpected situation? Do you have a safety net, financially? If the answer is no, it’s time to start preparing one. A budget goal is an essential step in your budgeting process. Having a budget goal will allow you to save, put money towards your retirement, start a university fund for the kids or even towards the purchase of your own home. A portion of this money should be set aside and kept as your safety net for those unexpected and unfortunate situations which life sometimes throws at us. As the festive season approaches, money from your budget goal can also be used for Christmas presents!
As the year draws to a close and the festive season starts creeping in, there are sales and specials everywhere. This is often when we fall into the spending trap. Don’t be lured in, always shop with a list and only after you have set your budget.
Remember you are walking into a store with a plan and not just buying blindly. Also, don't be lured by the flashing sale signage when shopping online.
Being a bargain hunter actually takes time and effort. You really need to do your homework to make sure you are getting the best deals possible:
We are here to help, let’s start with printing a budget template. Our debt experts are available to assist you with setting up a budget and to help you stick to it.
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