22 Days Left: Set Your Holiday Budget

Festive fun and merry music aside, the holidays can be a tricky time when it comes to spending. We’ve got expert advice on how to set a holiday budget – and stick to it – this year! (December 3rd)

The holiday season is a season of giving, which often means it is also the season of spending. To help take the stress out of the holidays, create a holiday budget – and stick to it! Easier said than done, right? Well, Finance Expert Bruce Sellery has tips to help you stay on track.

TIP 1: Figure out what the holidays are for

The answer is different for every family – it can range from gifts, to group activities, to quality time spent gathered around the dinner table, and more. But it’s important you understand what the main priority is for you and yours – that way, you can align your spending with those interests.

TIP 2: Renegotiate the terms

Sit down with your loved ones for a discussion on ways you could do things differently this year – for example, if you’re budget is tight, perhaps you could lower the price limit or number of gifts you exchange.

TIP 3: Develop a holiday budget

Have a number, and stick to it! Make sure you take everything into account when you come up with that number, including gifts, holiday entertainment, gas to drive to family dinners, holiday outfits, etc. Write it all down, total it up, and make a plan of how you’ll pay for it!

Click here to download your holiday budget spreadsheet!

Click here for Tracy’s Holiday Countdown launch video and your step-by-step guide to the season.