The Christmas holidays may very well be one of the most expensive season of the year. It is very easy to go over-budget with all the parties to attend and the gifts to buy. I did not even mention the funds you need to set aside for the food you and your family will consume during the most festive of months.
Fortunately, you do not need to break the bank that much to have an unforgettable Christmas holidays. Here are a few money tips and tricks you may want to consider to make the most of the yuletide and still save up this holiday season:
Create a budget
It is very easy to lose track of your holiday spending if you will not create a budget. Make sure that you prepare a list of all your holiday spending. Include in your list everything you will need to make a budget for. This may include your Christmas gift shopping list and your December grocery list. You may very well throw in your airfare or transportation expenses for your holiday travel into your list. You should also include tips for delivery crews or parking lot attendants in your list.
Stick to your budget
Of course, it does not end with just creating a holiday budget. The second and most important part of it to make it effective is that you need to stick to your budget. You may go a little over your designated budget for each item on the list, but make sure you are still near the ball park figure to avoid going bankrupt, or worse, in depth of debt, after the holidays.
The new school year is in full swing, and if you’re like most Pinoy mums, you probably just finished getting all of your kids’ school supplies, uniforms, and have finally chosen the best tuition fee payment plan to fit your budget. But one thing that you may have to sort out is your child’s allowance.
Indeed, one of the questions that come up these days in parents’ minds is how much baon should you give your kids. If they’ve started asking for some money to spend at the school canteen, here’s what you need to know to create an effective allowance system for your children.
When to start giving baon
Last year, your child may have been content bringing some snacks and a packed lunch to school. But if he or she suddenly asks for an allowance this time around, it may be because your child has seen a classmate paying for food at the canteen. At around the age of 6, kids become more aware of the concept of money and purchasing. It’s essential that they have a good grasp of the basics so when they grow up, they can make good choices when making important financial decisions, such as dealing with credit card debt. Thus, starting them early with an allowance would be good practice for the future.
How will you know if your child is ready to receive an allowance?
If your child can do simple addition and subtraction or mental math, you can give enough money to buy a snack or a sandwich for recess. Check out the school canteen to know the types of food and the corresponding prices, which will help you determine how much baon to give your child.
You don’t need anyone to tell you how expensive it is to raise children. From food, clothing, shelter, education, among other things you need to raise a child, it’s not surprising how our salary can seem to vanish in a blink of an eye.
But here’s the deal, you can find lots of advice on how to save money. But the problem is lots of families have a hard time in keeping up with those suggestions. As your family grows, so do your needs, and figuring out ways to save whilst raising kids becomes a difficult feat.
The good news is, there is a better way to live frugally without feeling deprived. Being thrifty doesn’t mean you’re cheap. It only means you are much more sensible when it comes to your finances than others.
To help get your family in the right money-saving mindset, we’ve collaborated with Alpha Car Finance to come up with no-frills, common sense tips about saving, as well as spending money.