When you hear that Christmas jingle-jangle, it’s not always Santa’s sleigh. Sometimes it’s your pockets holding the only cash you have left as you walk out of the department store on Christmas Eve!
The holiday season can be a stretch for many of us. In fact, more than half of us (53%) feel financially stressed during the holiday season. That’s despite most of us making a holiday budget in advance.
Bottom line: the holidays can be expensive!
If there’s one thing our Dallas Courier team has learned moving your Fort Worth and Dallas deliveries all these years, it’s that planning ahead makes a big difference. When you have deliveries that need to travel throughout the city or across city lines, a scheduled delivery is certainly the way to go. It saves you stress and money, and it ensures your items arrive on time to your customers. While we do offer on demand services for those delivery emergencies, planning ahead is the best option all around.
This goes for your holiday budget, as well.
With just a handful of weeks before Christmas hits, now is the time to start making small changes that can add up to a big impact on your bottom line. Here are a few small ways to save BIG:
- Lay off the extras: Fancy coffee, the Tollway, and impulse buys have to take a back seat. Foregoing just a few dollars in unnecessary spending (Hello, Pumpkin Spiced Latte!) can add up to several hundred dollars a month.
- Find the free: You don’t have to be Scrooge all holiday long. There are plenty of free things to do during the season to celebrate. Tour neighborhood Christmas lights, make your own hot cocoa, and decorate homemade ornaments. These will take place of some pricier activities and save you a bundle.
- Stick with cash: Ever heard of the “envelope budget”. Take your spending money in cash. It’s a visual reminder of what is leaving your account.
- Make a list, check it twice: Shopping strategy is key to saving money for the holidays. Make a list before hitting the grocery store or mall, and stick to it!
- Get a side hustle: Consider becoming a seasonal worker, pet sitting, or delivering food. These jobs can be just a few hours a week, but the extra cash will add up.
- Brown-bag it: Save about $20 a week (or more) by bringing your lunch to work every day. That adds up to over $1,000 in a year. It also adds up to healthier choices and fewer calories. That’s winning all around!
- Learn to say no- Sometimes saying “no” is a blessing. Say no to a holiday party, an office gift exchange, or an out of town event. The holidays can become incredibly stressful with all the activities. Saying no to a few can save your bank account and your sanity.
Get a jump start on your holiday budget with these small steps for big changes. If you’re looking for a jump start on your Dallas deliveries, Dallas Courier makes it simple. Scheduled deliveries require a simple set up, and then they’re off your holiday to-do list from now until you say differently. Your routine, frequent deliveries are in great hands with our team of experts.