8 Budget Truths That Will Help You Actually Enjoy the Holidays

When you budget, you’ll start to experience more freedom with your money than ever before. Making a plan for your money even has a way of helping you “find” money you didn’t realize you had—which, by the way, keeps you a lot less stressed.

During the Christmas season, it’s more important than ever to stay on budget to keep the holiday spirit in and the unwanted stress out. A Christmas budget will remove the anxiety of “Can I really afford to buy this?” and help you stay focused on your goals.

That’s why we put together this list of budget truths to keep you in the holiday spirit!

Get the most from your Christmas budget with smart planning and early buying. It’s the best way to feel like a kid on Christmas morning!

budgeting is about taking power back with a plan

Don’t buy a gift just because you feel like you have to.

think about how and why you're spending

This is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself while shopping. Don’t buy on credit!

Do I really have money for this purchase

Take two minutes to check your monthly spending pace.

Life doesn't stop. Your budget won't either.

This year, make a personal pact to budget before you buy, and track as you go. You do so much for everyone else. Do this for you.

Spend with intention.

The last thing you need during the most wonderful time of the year is more stress.

Follow the plan you made when you were thinking clearly.

A budget is freedom. It’s as simple as that.

Your budget gives you permission to do (and buy) what matters.

A budget doesn’t help if you don’t stick to it.

Stick to your strategy. Plan and work it!

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