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How you can avoid building up debt over the holidays

On Behalf of developers | November 15, 2017 | Debt Relief

The holidays are coming up soon. You want to give your family a fun and joyous holiday season. But you also want to keep your family on solid financial footing.

So, you might have some anxiety over the financial aspects of the holiday season. There are, after all, a lot of expenses that go along with this season. Among the things you might be worried about is such costs leading to credit card debt or other debt.

High debt, such as high credit card debt, can pose challenges for a family. While there are methods out there, such as bankruptcy, though which families can address debt problems, such problems are still something that can cause a lot of stress for families. So, avoiding unnecessary debt is something many families here in Mississippi may care about greatly.

Coming up with plan

Thankfully, you don’t have to break the bank to have a good holiday season. As a recent news article notes, there are ways to keep holiday costs down. Keeping such expenses manageable can help with lowering the chances of the holiday season leading to more debt.

Good preparation can be an important part of this. So, as the holiday season approaches, you may want to come up with a plan on your holiday spending and what steps you will take to save money in relation to such spending.

The following are some strategies for cutting down holiday costs.

Saving on holiday gifts

Gifts can be a big part of the season. How can you balance your desire to be generous with your desire to avoid putting too much strain on the family budget? Examples of steps you can take on this front include:

  • Making DIY gifts or turning to other creative types of gift-giving.
  • Asking your kids to limit the size of their wish lists, having such lists focus on what they want most.
  • Prioritizing your gift-giving, giving careful thought to who it is most important to give gifts to. Remember, there are other ways of showing appreciation over the holidays, such as sending cards.

Saving on holiday decorations

One way you can keep holiday decoration costs down is focusing your decorating on a few key areas of the home. This could reduce the amount of decorations you’ll have to purchase. As an added bonus, it could help your home be less cluttered.

Saving on holiday fun

Holiday activities don’t have to be expensive to be fun. There are many free and low-cost holiday activities out there. So, keep an eye out for such options in your community.

When hosting a holiday party, having the party be a potluck can help keep food costs down. It also gives your guests the opportunity to showcase their favorite holiday recipes.

Do you have any favorite tips for keeping holiday costs down?

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