As part of our credit report monitoring service, ScoreSense reviews people’s credit accounts, and one thing we notice is that at this time of year, many people start down a dangerous path, running up debt in anticipation of the holidays. From costumes to celebrations to gifts, there’s plenty to buy between now and the end of the year, and if you’re not careful, you may end up in trouble by the time New Year rolls around. Fortunately, you can avoid this problem by finding ways to set some money aside, in anticipation of the extra expenses of the season. Here, ScoreSense reviews some effective ways to save.
- First, pay off debt. Obviously, this is not going to be a quick fix during the holidays, but imagine how much money you’d free up if you didn’t have to make any credit card payments! Once you’ve eliminated a payment, you can put the money you used to spend on that into a savings account, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly it will grow. In the meantime, make sure you know exactly what is going on in your accounts at all times; this can be easier if you use an organization like ScoreSense. Reviews of your accounts can give you the control you need to meet your financial goals.
- Have a plan.Make a budget, and know exactly how much you will need, then find ways to set aside money each week. If you can find a way to set aside $50 each week, you’ll have a nice chunk of cash to spend on holiday expenses. Because ScoreSense reviews accounts, we have a pretty good idea of where most people can shave a few dollars here and there. Some suggestions:
- Brew your own coffee. There’s a reason Starbucks can afford to have a location on practically every corner—beverages at coffee houses are pricey. Brew a pot of coffee in the morning, take a thermos full with you to work and you’ll be amazed at the savings.
- Pack a lunch. Along the same lines, the ham and cheese you bring from home will cost you far less than the one at the nearby sandwich shop.
- Re-evaluate your “set” bills. Do you have the right car insurance? Sometimes needs change, and you can negotiate a better deal in order to save some money on premiums. What about your phone bill? Can you adjust the plan to be more cost-effective? Cutting your cable is another way to lower expenses. Just make sure that you sock all these savings aside, and you’ll be in a great position to relax during the holidays.
- Put any unexpected money into your holiday fund. Does your grandmother typically send you a check as a holiday gift? Put that money towards your holidays, and it will help you to avoid using credit cards.
- Keep a close eye on your finances. Nothing ruins a holiday, or any day, faster than identity theft. The best way to make sure you’re not a victim is to let an organization like ScoreSense review your financial picture, and monitor your accounts, so that you are immediately alerted to anything suspicious.
Of course, the best thing you can do for your financial health is to keep abreast of any and all changes to your accounts. ScoreSense reviews your financial situation, going beyond credit report monitoring, to protect your finances and your family. For more information on credit score tips or to get your free credit score today, visit our website!