With the holidays upon us, below are some simple tips to avoid overspending this year.
1.) Set a budget you cannot exceed. Instead of using debit or credit cards to make your purchases this year, rely on cash only to buy gifts. Once the green is gone, you’re done! If you are not comfortable carrying cash, put the allotted money on a pre-paid card, such as the American Express Prepaid card, which charges no purchase, activation or maintenance fees.
2.) Surf the web smart. A recent study done by the California Institute of Technology revealed that customers are willing to pay about 50% more for products in stores than online. Dealnews.com is a great website that shows the day’s best prices on specific types of items.
3.) Give more gift cards. With gift cards you spend exactly the amount you intend. Sites such as GiftCardGranny.com and PlasticJungle.com sell gift cards from popular retailers at a discount.
4.) Reorganize your list. If you feel overwhelmed because you have to buy presents for every niece, cousin and uncle. Consider setting up a gift exchange, so that each person buys one gift with a set dollar amount. At the website Elfster.com you can invite others to a “Secret Santa” exchange. This site will then make gift assignments at random.
The holidays can be a stressful time, particularly financially. The financial obligations that accompany the holiday season can result in people spending more money than they could afford. If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.