If you have a job during the holiday season, then it is expected from your family that you buy them presents. But generally speaking a newly employed person does not make enough to actually buy presents and also food for the dinners as well. So in order to make sure that you do not end up in debt during the end of the year and have no money when New Year dawns, here are some ideas for saving up some money.
Get a budget going and stick to it
Make a budget depending on how much you make for the last two months of the year. You need to account for the presents, food, decorations and other everyday expenses and housing expenses as well. This budget will be your restraint and also your financial savior. Make sure that the budget is something that you can afford and does not have items for things that you want. So no matter how much you want to buy earphones in Singapore for your niece or nephew that they would love so much, if it not within your budget then don’t buy it. Not if you want to end up with a negative balance on your credit card for New Year’s.
Use your creativity when and whenever possible
If you are good with arts and crafts then cut down on the decorations by making your own. You can make your own greeting cards and the decorations for the trees and the rooms. There are a multitude of DIY tutorials for going cheap but looking great online which you can use. Make time if you do not, as it is still better than living off of noodles in the New Year. Better to also check with family for things that they might need that you can buy which can be cheaper than buying something that you want to give them.
Make a shopping plan
After making the budget then it is time to hit the internet browser to search for the best deals in place. Go for discounted options and online coupons (especially when it comes to electronics and stuff like earphones).you will be able to go for early bird deals and other holiday season deals online and sign up for newsletters at places you want to buy to get some discounted deals and coupons for signing up.
If you know that you do not have enough to over all the expenses, then start shopping early to get the items at discounted prices. Sometimes you may even be able to get into a sale if you are not on a rush. If you wait till the last minute you will be paying more than actually saving.