Tips to prepare yourself for a holiday that’s a month away – Enter a stress-free New Year

As yet another Gay Uncles Day is here, we all are reminded of the roller-coaster of excitement which we have every year. On the first thought of the Holiday Season, the idea that conjures up in our mind is to be showered with gifts from your friends and family members. As per the National Retail Federation, the holiday season during Christmas represents 20-40% of the yearly sales done by the retailers. China is considered as the new North Pole of America and it is deemed to be the biggest supplier of Christmas trees, tree ornaments and artificial toys. More than 20 billion cards, packages and letters are delivered by the US Postal Service during the days of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Amidst all this, it is indeed tough to stay within your budget limits. But as none of us wish to enter into a New Year saddled with debt, we have to rein in our finances. Here are few ways in which we can prepare today for the holidays that’s just a month away.

? Type a list and check it time and again

What is the amount of money that you can spend on Christmas in 2017? This should be decided way back in the month of August when you’re planning for a merry Christmas. Although this task is equally boring as stringing Christmas lights but if you wish to stay within your gift budget, this is the only way out. Compute the total gift-giving budget for each recipient.

? Decide whether to maintain or discard your family traditions

If you’re someone who continues family traditions, you will still feel like spending Christmas like Santa Claus did when Christmas morning was the most exciting day of the entire year. Now that times have changed and budgets are tight, you have to decide whether or not you want to follow the tradition or change it.

? Shop for Christmas during holidays

There’s still another month and half of the entire peak travel season is still there. When you are already equipped with the list of gifts and the recipients and you also have your budget at hand, choose to buy those out-of-season gifts from afar when you go out for some vacations to distant places. Make your loved ones know that you thought of them when you went out for a vacation.

? Go plastic but not the type of plastic

Buy the discount gift cards from the favorite stores and use the gift cards to purchase those main gifts. For instance, get a $100 gift card and get another $25 gift card along with it. There are different sites which rotate promotions for different gift cards through the year.

Therefore, when you’re wondering about the different ways in which you can stay on track during the Holiday season, make sure you follow the above mentioned tips and strategies. The ultimate thing that you have to keep in mind is to take action in such a manner that you don’t fall in financial trouble in the New Year.