The Main ๐Ÿ‘Œ Things You Need ๐Ÿ’ฏ to do to Make Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ Affordable ๐Ÿ’ฐ ...

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Christmas is that time of year where many of us get sucked into the vortex where money becomes disposable and we swipe that poor credit card until it canโ€™t cope anymore. What is it about the festive season that makes us just want to buy, buy, buy, and buy some more?

Under normal circumstances โ€“ like any other month of the year, we wouldnโ€™t dream of spending half the amount we convince ourselves that we can during the festive season, primarily because of our financial responsibilities that donโ€™t stop coming just because it is Christmas โ€“ like our mortgage, school fees, and other bills.

The Slippery Spending Slope

So how do we prevent ourselves from getting into so much debt that we start the New Year fresh with a mountain of stress and bills piling up? It is most certainly not a nice way to start a new year especially when we had that stress all of last year and the year before because we rolled down that slippery spending slope.

There are some ways you can avoid going back there this Christmas season. And with just a bit of money savvy, you can still enjoy some nice luxuries without spending the whole of the next year paying it off. Here are a few ways for how to make Christmas affordable.

1. Budget

Firstly work out how much you have or how much you can afford to spend. Then you need to work out how to spread this across everything you have to buy. This includes food and presents. So many people make the mistake of setting a limit for their gift spending but forget just how much money gets spent on food and drink. Sit down and make a list of who you have to buy for. Set a limit and allocate the amount according to your pre-determined criteria โ€“ who is more important and gets more spent on them? Make a grocery/drinks list. Even rough pricing will help you build an entertainment budget.

Do the work to set the budget but work even harder to stick to it!

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