September is the last month to cover in our unexpected budget items series. This month we will be talking about spending money on good things, like the holidays! However, they are still beyond the budget. Here are a few unexpected September budget items to consider to avoid consumer debt.
Unexpected September Budget Items to Consider
Not long after September, the holiday season rolls along. For this conversation, the holiday season includes Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and more. There is a HUGE backlash of personal credit card debt after the New Year. Even if you have been doing great the entire year with budgeting or saving, all the progress can all be lost. So it’s best to prepare before the sentimental part of you takes over.
Halloween Savings Tips
- Swap Halloween costumes with another family to switch it up for zero dollars.
- Check thrift stores, Facebook Marketplace, yard sales and other thrifty options for Halloween costumes.
- Buy one or two important costume elements and DIY the rest.
- Wait until a few days before Halloween to buy candy.
- Don’t overbuy candy. Be a little conservative.
- Buy candy you don’t mind eating for a while after so you don’t waste food and money.
Thanksgiving Savings Tips
- Avoid hosting Thanksgiving if you can’t afford to feed everyone.
- Co-host to lighten the financial load.
- Scale back holiday meals and gatherings. Try for appetizers over whole meals.
- Make more vegetarian or vegan friendly meals.
- Create your own DIY decorations to make a festive Thanksgiving.
Christmas Savings Tips
- Use a holiday budgeting worksheet. This will help you stay on point and NOT go crazy.
- Make a literal list. We do a spreadsheet with gift ideas, the budget, what we spent from year-to-year. It’s a little extreme but has been super helpful.
- Love is not shown in dollar signs. Well, sometimes it is. But no one wants you to spend more money than you actually have. No one.
- Do a Secret Santa or gift exchange of some sort instead of buying gifts for each family member.
- Ask your parents for a bigger expensive gift than lots of little ones. This will help your budget, and make it easier on them!
While these holidays don’t happen in September, some of the spendings will probably take place. You might start buying presents, creating decorations or even working on a tricky Halloween costume. Unexpected September budget items that come from a place of love can still put you into debt. Make wise purchases that will be heartfelt and within your financial reach.
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