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Welcome to Day 31! This is it! We are done! Today may be a bonus day for some of us. That said, today we’re going to focus today on planning for the holidays.
The holidays are probably some of the most fun-filled and stressful times of the year for our family. There’s great joy in giving and in gathering together with family or friends. Yet there’s expectations flying everywhere from spouses, kids, parents, in-laws, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and the list goes on. There always seems to be something to do. So much to pan for, organize, and even buy.
We want to be intentional in our family about the kids remembering the true meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas. We want them to remember the happy memories, traditions, and giving back. Not just getting more toys and stuff.
For us, it’s terribly difficult to keep our budget under control during the holidays. One of my suggestions would be to start today a sinking fund for this years (or next year’s) holiday season. A sinking fund is basically an account you save specifically for re-occurring expense.
Remember: Christmas is not an emergency!
If you plan a few months in advance or throughout the year you will be very thankful come January.
Today, print out the EagleSoaringHigher 2015 Holiday Planning Guide. This will help you reduce your stress during the busiest times of the year.
Here’s a preview of 3 of the 8 tools that you will be able to use with the EagleSoaringHigher 2015 Holiday Planning Guide:
- 8 Easy Ways to Set Up A Budget
- 11 Ways to Quickly Build Your Emergency Fund
- 9 Personal Finance Podcasts to Follow
- Are You Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals?
Ask yourself these four questions:
1. Do you associate stress or joy with the holiday season?
2. What are your favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions?
3. What are some things you would like to do differently this year?
4. What are some things you can do to help others this year?
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Thank you for reading and participating in this journey! To start this challenge over next month start here!