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Here’s one way to guarantee a happy new year: Rein in holiday spending.
To do that, create a holiday budget and stick to it. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but writing out a holiday budget will help you avoid taking on debt you can’t pay back on time, which could put you in a tougher position down the road.
According to an October 2019 survey by the National Retail Federation, respondents said they expected to spend $1,048 for holiday items (including gifts, decor, greeting cards, etc.) this year. That is 4 percent more than the $1,007 they spent last year’s holiday season.
Here’s a five-step plan to make, and keep, a holiday budget.
Decide how much you can spend.
Holiday money must come from your current disposable income (after taxes).
If you plan to spend money you don’t have, prepare for a credit card bill that could take months – or even years – to repay. If you spend that $1,048 on a credit card with a 17 percent annual percentage rate (APR), and you pay the typical minimum payment, it will take you 65 months, and you’ll pay an extra $553 in interest.
Use the MTC Federal Credit Card Pay Off Calculator to see what you can afford.
Short on cash, cut back on extras such as movies, dinners out or coffee drinks until the holidays are over. There are always things in a budget you can trim back.
It’s not too late to get a head-start on your 2020 budget. Learn more about MTC Federal’s Christmas Club Savings Account.
Budget for everything.
There are a lot of things people don’t think about. Gifts, the cost of shopping (gas, parking), decorations, food and drink for parties, greeting cards, postage for cards and out-of-town gifts, travel expenses, holiday-related apparel and charitable contributions should all be in the budget.
Use our 2019 Holiday Budget Planner to get you started.
Make a complete gift list with the entire family present.
The list should include everyone – relatives and friends, teachers and mail carriers – who must be acknowledged during the holiday season. And don’t forget the office gift exchange.
Start shopping early.
Late November and December bring sales, but they also bring crowds and pressure to get shopping (and wrapping and mailing) done. Having a shopping plan will eliminate, time, money and stress.
- Sign up for e-mail alerts from retailers to get a heads-up on big sales.
- Cash in on your MTC Federal debit and credit card loyalty rewards.
- Save money and time by not wrapping gifts.
- Don’t feel obligated to get everyone a gift.
Keep track of spending.
Cash is king but when the money is gone, it is gone. MTC Federal has many ways to manage your money:
- View transactions, check account balances and transfer funds, with Web-Branch, Mobile Branch or Tele-Branch.
- Don’t miss a payment, sign up for Bill Pay.
- Register for e-alerts to track spending and fraudulent activity.
However you pay for holiday expenses, it will be in your best interest to pay off credit card or personal loan debt as soon as possible. Start 2020 on the right side of your money, schedule a 30 minute Credit Analysis to reset your holiday debt.