The holidays can be tough. And with the economy not showing much improvement there are a lot of families that will be struggling to make Christmas happen for their families this year. Fortunately, Jan Brakefield, an assistant professor of Consumer Sciences at The University of Alabama has provided 10 different tips for saving money this holiday season.
- Make a spending plan and stick to it.
- Shop early. This eliminates last minute panic buying.
- Be prepared each time you leave home to shop. Carry a list of who you are buying for and how much you can spend. Be specific. Get agreements from family members.
- Pay cash. Credit card users typically spend twice as much money as others.
- Use the “envelope method.” Prepare one envelope per person, placing money in each envelope. When the envelope is empty, you are finished buying for that person.
- Shop when you have lots of energy.
- Shop with a buddy, or not. A buddy may encourage you to splurge, so choose your buddy carefully.
- Ask sales staff about upcoming discounts. They will usually tell you, but won’t offer the information unless you ask.
- Don’t buy anything for yourself.
- Write the size of your total consumer debt at the top of your shopping list. Reality check!