With the joy of the holidays comes the stress of over spending. Every year, many consumers overspend during the holidays, starting off the New Year in debt. But not to worry! You can make this year debt-free by creating a holiday budget and sticking to it.
Although retailers are anticipating an increase in holiday spending over last year, that doesn't mean you have to spend more. The Better Business Bureau has some ideas for sticking to a budget:
- Make a list
Jot down a list of the persons to whom you wish to give a holiday gift.
- Set a Limit
Look at your budget to see what amount you can afford to spend in total and then set limits for the amounts you will spend on each person.
- Do your research
Many retailers are offering holiday deals, but it's always a good idea to comparison shop. Online prices may be better, but don't forget to factor in shipping costs.
- Plan your purchases
Decide on what items you will buy online and which items you will purchase at local retailers. Go to www.bbb.org to check out their BBB Business Reviews before you shop.