There’s nothing special about December holidays this year. You may be wondering why I introduce this topic because Covid 19 pandemic has put a dead stop to every facet of life. Critics maintain that, there’s nothing interesting about December holidays this year.
However, The holiday season is upon us and, for many of us, it’s a time to relax and unwind. While you may be one of the unfortunate few who have to work this December, there’s no denying that the pace of life definitely slows down.
However, this doesn’t mean your finances should suffer. While it may be tempting to splurge on a holiday, gifts and other forms of recreation, remember to keep things within your limits. You don’t want to undo all the good work that you’ve done this year to get your finances in order.
Review your financial status
As you rest and unwind, take the time to consider your financial situation. Think about what you’ve achieved this year. Did you reduce your debt, start a new business, put a savings plan into action or start making provision for your retirement?
In short, consider what you did this year that contributed towards attaining your financial goals. Then, determine what worked and what didn’t work. You want to keep doing the things that worked and review what hasn’t worked, so you can make improvements next year.
After a hard year of work, there’s no doubt that you need a reward. Take a well-deserved holiday, go for a massage, buy something you want or go eat out at a good restaurant. By spoiling yourself a little bit, you’ll feel more motivated to build your finances next year, as you’ll want the rewards that come from the effort you put in.
Spend within your limits
It is always tempting to splurge during the holiday season, but you should never spend your money in an irresponsible way, no matter how tempting it is. Always spend within your limits. So, if you can afford to splurge a bit then, by all means, go ahead.
However, if you’re watching your money, which is a wise thing to do in the current economic climate, then make sure you stick to your budget this December. Try, at all costs, to avoid creating new debt if you can get by without doing so. Of course, you want to have a good holiday, but it doesn’t mean you have to bankrupt yourself in the process.
Set new goals
Hopefully, you’ve achieved your financial goals this year, even if it was only one of them, such as to create an emergency fund. Now, it’s time to set new financial goals. Think about what you want to achieve financially in the year ahead.
Plan ahead for next year
Once you know what you want to achieve financially, you need to create a plan of action. What do you need to do in order to attain these goals? Do you need to increase your income, reduce your expenses or find a new job? Whatever you need to do to attain your goals, make sure you plan ahead so that you are ready to spring into action in the New Year. Then, relax and enjoy your holiday!