Planning for the holidays includes a detailed budget that gives you enough to buy what you need and a little extra just in case. There are always unexpected expenses so when planning a budget remember to keep that in mind. Leaving yourself a cushion gives you more purchasing flexibility. Consider the total amount of money you will need to buy the gifts on your list, so you will still have enough to pay the bills and maintain your standard of living. It makes sense to plan and make a list of who you are buying for and what you plan to get them. Give yourself a few choices in case supplies are short or you change your mind. Compare how much you can spend with what you need to buy, and you should be able to find items that fit your budget.
Remember that shopping can be fun. Go to the places you enjoy and make a day of it, with lunch at your favorite restaurant. The holidays are supposed to be fun too, so you might as well enjoy it. If you have time to go to a movie or sit in the park that’s great because the holidays are a time for you to wind down, relax and enjoy family and friends. Making sure you have enough money to do so will depend on how well you plan and manage your finances. If you stick to the plan, then you will be on your way to enjoying the holidays worry free.