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Don't Let The Holidays Blow Your Budget

The Money Bomb

Benton, Ark. – 

Budgeting For The Holidays

Holidays often mean special foods and gifts for family and friends. The extra spending can strain your budget. You can use these tips to avoid paying for Christmas in June of next year.

Do you set a holiday budget and keep track of what you spend?

  • Don’t forget to include the cost for holiday cards and postage, food, etc.

 Do you set a spending limit for each person?

  • Consider writing the name of the person on an envelope, write the total on the envelope and subtract the cost of the purchase. Put the gift receipts in the envelope.

 Do you draw names for gifts instead of buying for everyone?

  • Along with drawing names, set a limit on the amount to spend.

 For holiday gatherings, do you have a potluck where everyone brings food to share?

  • This spreads the work and the costs among people, and allows everyone to have fun.
  • Be the person who promotes health, too, by bringing a healthful salad or fruit platter.


By Kris Boulton
County Extension Agent - FCS
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Kris Boulton
County Extension Agent - FCS
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
1605 Edison Ave Benton AR 72015
(501) 303-5672

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