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Why you need to stick to your budget this season

Managing Your Money
By Esther Muchene | 5 months ago | 3 min read

 We often get carried away by the need to buy extravagant gifts for our loved ones [Courtesy]

Christmas is synonymous with spending.

Saying ‘no’ does not apply and everything goes.

During this holiday season, it’s easy to get lost in the Christmas cheer to a point where you forget that you had a specific plan for your finances.

We often get carried away by the need to buy extravagant gifts for our loved ones, often purchasing anything that has a sale sign on it.

Each year, millions of shillings are spent on Christmas plans and you can be sure that there are a number of people who didn’t necessarily intend to spend so much money splurging on holidays and Christmas shopping.

It might seem like a good idea to just ignore the need for financial wisdom and go all out during this holiday season but believe me, the end result is never good.

You need to have a realistic budget in place so you get to enjoy these amazing perks.

  • No January stress
  • There is usually a completely different shift from a fun, care-free December to a sad, sobering January. As much as we celebrate the joys of crossing over to a new year, most of us don’t like to think about the financial responsibilities ahead.

     You need to have a realistic budget in place so you get to enjoy the season [Courtesy]

    Many companies pay early in December and that same cash is meant to push you through the dry January season which is obviously one of the toughest things to do.

    The thought of this alone should remind all of us why it’s important to be money wise by sticking to a specific budget in December.

  • Proper emergency planning
  • One big lesson that everyone around the world has learnt is that you need to always be prepared for an emergency. There is a huge health crisis going on that is threatening to throw everything off balance and that can be terrifying.

    To be prepared for 2022, you should work with a budget and save for the coming year. These good financial habits are especially important this season.

  • Stress-free Christmas
  • The last thing you would want to deal with during a holiday season is financial stress. This gives many people sleepless nights at a time when you should be having fun and celebrating with friends and family.

    If you want to have a Christmas that’s free from financial anxiety, you should create a budget and stick to it.

  • Better long-term planning
  • With finances, it’s always wise to think of the long-term rather than focusing on the instant gratification that spending carelessly brings.

    Spending your money impulsively usually leads to deep financial problems in future.

    For a proper head start into plans like retirement, you need to start practicing healthy money habits like budgeting. This is a good way to be financially disciplined as you focus on creating a solid foundation for your future.

     Spending your money impulsively usually leads to deep financial problems in future [Courtesy]
  • Better financial accountability
  • Making money isn’t a walk in the park for the majority. And, it’s even harder to manage the money you have made as you move towards true, sustainable wealth.

    By practicing good money habits like budgeting, spending within your limits along with other financial strategies, you’re honoring the hard work you have put in.

    You will live a more fulfilling life and even pass the good financial values to your kids.

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