Gifts, Gatherings, and No Regrets: Tips for Avoiding Holiday Debt

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Gifts, Gatherings, and No Regrets: Tips for Avoiding Holiday Debt

Gifts, Gatherings, and No Regrets: Tips for Avoiding Holiday Debt

The holiday season is a magical time filled with joy, love, and cherished moments with family and friends. However, it can also be a time of financial stress and anxiety, as many people end up accumulating holiday debt that lingers long after the festivities have ended. With some careful planning and discipline, you can enjoy the holidays without digging yourself into a financial hole. We’re here with eight tips to help you avoid holiday debt and ensure a financially stress-free season.


  1. Create a Holiday Budget

Creating a realistic holiday budget is the first step in avoiding holiday debt. First, decide how much you can afford to spend on gifts, decorations, travel, and other holiday expenses. Be sure to account for all possible costs to avoid unexpected surprises. Once you have set your budget, make sure you stick to it to prevent overspending.


  1. Start Saving Early

The earlier you start saving for the holidays, the better prepared you’ll be financially. Our Christmas Club Savings Account makes saving easier by helping you save year-round. Whether you’re saving for holiday shopping and travel or other year-end expenses, this account has you covered. Opening a separate savings account dedicated to holiday expenses keeps you from accidentally spending that money in other areas. Even the smallest of contributions can add up and significantly reduce the financial burden during the holiday season.


  1. Make a List and Check It Twice

If Santa is making his list and checking it twice, why shouldn’t you? List out everyone you plan to buy gifts for and set a spending limit for each person. Sticking to this list can help you avoid impulse purchases, ensuring that you are staying within your holiday budget. You can even consider giving thoughtful, homemade gifts or experiences rather than expensive store-bought gifts to help stretch your budget even further.


  1. Shop Smart

Finding ways you can save during the holidays is a great way to make your money do more. Take advantage of sales like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, discounts, and cashback offers. Additionally you can consider shopping with cash instead of your debit or credit cards to make sure you are staying within your budget.


  1. Set Realistic Expectations

Not everyone has the means to purchase the most extravagant gifts during the holidays, and that’s okay. Embrace the idea that meaningful experiences and quality time with the ones you love are often more valuable than materialistic gifts. Have conversations with loved ones to establish expectations for the upcoming holiday season. This takes off some of the pressure that you may feel to overspend in order to keep up with others.


  1. Avoid Last-Minute Rushes

Although last-minute sales can seem tempting to go and snag an extra gift or two, they can often lead to impulse buying and overspending. Start your holiday shopping early to give yourself ample time to find the best deals and make thoughtful purchases.


  1. Limit Travel Expenses

If you’re traveling during the holidays, plan your trip wisely to reduce costs. Look for affordable travel options, consider carpooling with other family members, and be flexible with your travel dates. You can also explore the possibility of staying with friends and family to reduce the cost of lodging when you travel. Our MyBenefits Checking Account provides benefits you can count on this holiday season. Enjoy exclusive offers and discounts at thousands of leading online retailers as well as local and national discounts on hotels, restaurants, rental cars, and more.


  1. Monitor Your Spending

The best way to make sure you’re not overspending is to keep yourself accountable. Regularly monitor your spending as the season progresses to ensure you’re staying within your budget and make adjustments if needed.


Don’t let holiday debt put a damper on your festive spirit. We’re here to provide the best tools and products to help you stay on track this holiday season. Get a head start on next year’s purchases by opening a Christmas Club Savings Account. Make an appointment to visit your local branch where our dedicated team is eagerly waiting to assist you.


At Robins Financial Credit Union, our mission is to enhance the financial well-being of our members and community. We honor this commitment by providing educational content to help you make the most of your finances. Read our other blog articles to help you gain the financial knowledge you need to succeed.


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