With the holiday’s fast approaching I thought I would share some of the tips I use to keep our budget in check.
I keep a wish list on Amazon.com and add to it throughout the year when I get ideas for presents for people. Then I always have a price reference too. If I see an item on sale elsewhere, I know what my price point is.
- I make sure I stick to my weekly menu planning. It can be too easy to spiral out of control and eat out when everyone gets busy.
- I plan what dishes I am taking to family gatherings/parties a few weeks before. Then I can break up my shopping over the course of a few weeks. Then I am not stuck with one huge extra shopping trip just for all the parties.
- Throughout the year I save all my points up at various websites and cash them in around the holidays for presents. Swagbucks, Huggies points, Kellogg’sfamily rewards just to name a few.
- We use an envelope system, and start an envelope for Christmas usually in September.
The biggest reason we coupon, is so we can spend more time together as a family.