There is nothing like a spending hangover to take the wind out of a good spending spree. Once you are done congratulating yourself on the great gifts that you purchased for friends and family, the reality begins to set in. You have stretched your budget beyond all recognition, and have no idea how you are going to pay for all this. It is time to stop thinking in the moment and start planning ahead.
When you look at it, most of what you spend can be anticipated. Holidays, birthdays and seasoning spending are good examples of constants in every person’s life. So why wait until the last minute to generate the income that you need for special occasions? Instead, save throughout the year so that you have disposable income set aside for gifts, holidays and clothes.
Take advantage of sales throughout the year, too. Just because a birthday is a few months away, it doesn’t mean you can’t pick up a great early deal. If you are in a month where you have some spare cash in your budget, take full advantage by getting ahead of the game and purchasing gifts or paying off a holiday early.
You don’t have to spend a fortune every time you take out your credit card or visit an ATM, either. There is much more pleasure to be derived from being creative with your budget. Retro and thrift shores are treasure troths, where you can buy a whole wardrobe of items for the price of two or three. Alternatively, if you have a creative talent you can make your own gifts for little to no cost, which adds a personal touch, too.
It’s the little things that matter, and when it comes to a budget, it’s the little things that often break the bank. You can avoid these last minute expenses by planning carefully for every eventuality. Make sure you don’t end up with a list of things you need to buy, with no room in your budget to pay for them. Make a list for every event, from your daily expense to your next holiday.