Quoting JoAnna &hearts's Jett:" While the holidays are here do you manage to still keep savings in your account? I feel like October-January ... [snip!] ... month we are actually doing pretty good with not spending too much but it feels like during the holidays we spend way too much!"
We started shopping in August, after we came back from vacation. I did a big k mart layaway for my kids for bulk of their things. Then I made a list of everyone I was shopping for and budget of what I was spending on then. Then I had an envelope with each persons name on it and the budget for them written on them. Then every week I saved between 30-40 bucks and deposited it into envelopes. And kept envelopes in my purse. So like for example I had a budget of $15 for each of my neices and nephews so I put $15 in each of their envelopes, put $125 in my moms envelope, $30 in my brothers envelope and that's what I had to spend. It helped me keep track of who I had to buy for and made sure I didn't spend too much on one person, and not have enough for someone else.
I should add I set an main budget first. Sat down and realistically figured out how much I would be able to afford to spend saving 30-50 per week, then broke my budget down into the ppl I was buying for