We know it makes sense to save throughout the year for annual spending events such as the Christmas season; however year after year so many of us continue to blow our budget and then spend the following months trying to pay off credit cards and the accumulated interest.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, last Christmas we spent $18 billion at retailers, including $70 million on stuffed toys, $54 million on dolls, $659 million on video games, $10 million on Christmas tree lighting and $63 million on other Christmas goods.
Preparation is the key to a financially stress-free Christmas. Make a list of everyone you need to buy for and write down a limit for each of them. Once you know your total cost you can calculate what you are going to save over the coming three weeks to be able to afford it. Make sure you take your list shopping with you and stick to your limits.