I thought I was doing pretty fine & dandy this year until the other day when I looked at my bank account... it's amazing how it all adds up! Gift after Gift. Party after Party. Cute Decoration after Cute Decoration. (Who can resist decking their house out just a little bit more?)
Here's my tips on how to stay within the lines this year:
This one is classic and helps so much with larger groups and families. This year is the first year my big family decided to take the plunge with picking names. There's 7 of us in total, add on a lovely sister in law and baby nephew that's 9, add on boyfriends and girlfriends and well, you get the picture. Picking names was just the way to go this year. Plus it really is fun putting more emphasis on a single gift than having to do lots of small insignificant gifts.
Here's just a few of my personal favorites:
|Hot Chocolate Cone|
|Handcrafted Glass Bottles|
CREATE A BUDGET
Side Tip: Be sure to budget in the month of January as well, it's easy to get caught up in what December is going to cost you, we forget about the aftermath.
SPLURGE ON YOURSELF... Just once.
I hope some of this was helpful, or at least made you feel you're not alone in the Christmas Budgeting Madness! What's your best advice for staying within Budget over the Holidays?
Sound off below :)