The holidays are just around the corner. It might not be something you want to think about right now, or maybe you are super excited. Me? I’m extremely excited. The holidays are my favorite time of the year.
I love Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, and I know there are plenty of other great holidays out there that everyone else loves and celebrates.
The only bad thing is that all of these holidays cost MONEY.
Who would’ve thought?
Of course, everyone already knows that. Some holidays are more expensive that others, but overall it can be a very expensive three months for most people.
I never go into debt for the holidays though. Holidays are meant to be enjoyed, not to spend all of your money and get stressed out. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the holidays while staying within your budget.
Below are four ways to start saving for the holidays and not break your budget:
1. Start a side job.
Right now is prime time to find a side job. Many companies are hiring for seasonal workers, so you don’t have to get a permanent job. You can get a job just so that you can earn extra holiday money.
Some side jobs you may want to look at include:
- Halloween stores.
- Haunted houses.
- Pumpkin patch.
- Big stores like Target, Walmart, or stores at the mall.
- UPS or Fedex.
- Theme parks such as Six Flags.
- and more!
If you do not want to work for someone else, then you may even try starting a side hustle. You could walk dogs, bake holiday treats, house sit, rake leaves, mow lawns, and more.
2. Work extra hours.
If you do not want to get a side job or start a side hustle in order to save for the holidays, then you may want to work extra hours at your normal job. This is, of course, as long as you are not paid on a salary because then working extra hours wouldn’t make you any more money.
Ask your boss if you can work extra hours, and make sure that you aren’t breaking any work rules by doing so.
3. Cut your budget.
If you don’t want to work any more than you already do, then you should look into cutting your budget. There is probably something in your budget you can cut.
You may want to look into calling various companies that you have expenses through and ask for a discount. Or you can ask to lower whatever package it is you are paying for, such as a cable package. Next, you might even look into cutting out various expenses completely out of your budget, such as completely getting rid of your cable, canceling your gym membership, and more.
4. Sell items around your home.
The last and fourth way to start saving for the holidays is to sell items around your home. You might hold a garage sale, sell items to a consignment store, sell items on Craigslist, and more.
How do you plan on saving for the holidays? What is your overall holiday budget?
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