Can you believe it? We only have one month left and then we’re wrapping up this year!
My husband and I sat down to look over our plans. Besides having my mom come up for a few days, we’re also heading back to Virginia to see some more family and friends.
How about you? What are you up to?
4 Money Saving Tips for this Busy Season
This is a time of year where many go a gift buying splurge. While their generous hearts feel good about sharing, their wallets, well, they may be hurting.
If you’re looking to save some money this season, here are five suggestions to get you started.
With visits and trips to see loved ones, it can be easy to fall into the trap of grabbing convenient aka fast food. Do yourself a huge favor and meal plan. It doesn’t have to be complicated.
Think about what you’re doing over the week and choose to grab ingredients for easy and healthy meals like tacos, filling Mediterranean style salads, and pizza.
Traveling? Pack some tasty snacks that won’t cost you an arm and a leg at the airport. Your wallet and waistline will thank you.
Create Your Budget
I know, not the most exciting, but what many of us forget is that a budget is simply a way to prioritize our money.
If this month is going to be different because of travel, then your budget should reflect that.
By just sitting down and reviewing what you have planned, you can see how much money you have. It’ll make things easier when the inevitable last minute things come up.
Impulse decisions without a budget can lead to stress and can get you into debt. A little review and prep of your budget can make things more fun.
Schedule in Some Buffer
We used to try and see everyone we can when we go to trips, but it left us exhausted and the kids cranky. It took us days to recuperate.
Now we choose a location and ask people if they’re free to meet up there. Typically it’s someone’s house (with their permission of course!). If that’s not an option, choose a community park and have a picnic.
This way has meant less stress and by not driving around to places we save money.
Have Free and Frugal Activities to Suggest
We’ve found that many of our friends enjoy getting together without having to meet at a restaurant. Things can quickly add up if you have several friends and family to visit.
Somehow that’s become the default for many, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
Suggesting something as simple as walking around the park or neighbor can be a fantastic way to catch up without spending a ton of money.
People love when someone takes the lead and it’s for something free or frugal. So try having a few ideas in mind for when you see your family and friends.
Also remember, giving isn’t just about buying presents. If you want to show how much means to you, a phone call, visit, crafting something homemade, or hanging out for a special day can be an incredible gift.
Thoughts on Ways to Save
I’d love to hear from you. What are your plans for this season? How are you saving money while still having fun with loved ones?