Maximizing Your Budget
Thanksgiving kicks off the start of the holiday season, which also happens to be the season in which we spend the most. You may feel like it’s difficult to avoid going into debt during this time, but here are some tips that will help you save money.
- Calculate a budget and stick to it. No one wants to enter the holiday season already over budget with maxed out credit cards and buyers remorse.
- Rather than sending out holiday cards, email your Thanksgiving greeting to friends and family. You will save money on postage and printing costs.
- If you’ve been designated to host Thanksgiving this year, let family and friends know that you’re starting a new potluck tradition. This will alleviate the cost of putting on an entire meal for everyone. This also saves time and allows you to truly perfect one dish.
- Keep your holiday decorations simple and minimal. This will give you something to be thankful for once you open your credit card statement without the added expense.
- Shop at wholesale stores for staple items, this can amount to hefty savings. Also, purchase generic brands when possible.
- Minimize side dishes. If you know that the cranberry sauce is barely touched each year, skip it.
- If you’re flying out of town for the holiday, choosing the right day and time to fly can save you money. Often times, flying very early on a Tuesday or Wednesday results in the lowest fares.