Budgeting tips for the festive season

Budgeting tips for the festive season

Managing your day-to-day finances can be challenging enough so with the festive season approaching, we’ve put together some of our top budgeting tips to help you prepare.

Create lists

The more organised you are before you go shopping, you are more likely to avoid overspending and buying items you don’t need.

Create a list of everything you need to buy, including all food items, drinks, gifts (including cards and wrapping paper), decorations, entertainment, etc. Break them down into categories, then calculate a budget for each. If you go over budget, you may need to reassess your list and remove any non-essential items. And don’t forget to factor in all your regular monthly expenses.

Make sure you always take your list with you to the shops to avoid unnecessary stress and spending. Or take a photo of your list so it’s on your mobile phone. There are also some great budget and list creating apps to download for free.

Shop smart

Once you’ve finalised your lists, it’s time to shop around for sales and bargains. Where possible, only take with you the amount of cash that you have budgeted to spend. This will help reduce the temptation to buy unnecessary items and avoid the post-holiday debt hangover.

If you can’t find what you’re after in your local shops, there are many online discount shops to choose from and some even have free shipping. Or be creative and create your own special gifts.

Researching prices online or in store catalogues first will also save you time, money and additional travel expenses.

Organise a ‘staycation’

Instead of the pressure of an expensive holiday, plan lots of free or affordable fun things to do around your area, like picnics, hiking, playing games in the park, community events, visit the library for free movies and audio books, etc.

But most of all, remember that the festive season is a time for spending quality time with loved ones, not spending unnecessary money and feeling stressed.


If you would like assistance with your budgeting, please contact us on 9334 0111 or connect@thenortherncentre.org.au to arrange a chat with an experienced financial counsellor in a confidential setting.