How Long Will It Take to Pay Your Christmas Bills?

My Christmas bills are paid off - how 'bout yours? Here are some tips to avoid this issue next year.

Tomorrow is my second payday after Christmas. And tomorrow, I will write a check and poof!  All my Christmas bills will be paid off.  My holiday situation wasn’t always like this – like many people, I used to have credit card bills from the holidays that would take me months to pay off.  This is another of my motivational posts, in my “Start the New Year Motivation” Series.

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But I finally got smart and figured out a better way to do it.  As I shared in a post last month in my Debt free Christmas post, I found a better way.  I finally came to grips with the fact that Christmas is going to come around every year just as regular as clockwork.  And no matter how many times I swear that this is going to a “low-budget” Christmas, it’s about as likely to happen as my annual New Year’s Resolution to get back into my “skinny” jeans.

Sometimes, I think it’s better to be realistic about yourself and start acting accordingly.  I was reminded of this last week when I made my teenaged son shave off his “beard”.  He was absolutely convinced that the collection of 10 or so scruffy, scraggly hairs he’s been growing for the last couple of months was going to turn into a beard, if we would just let him try it long enough.  In some cases, wishful thinking just doesn’t get the job done.  You have to face the facts and find a way to go under them, over them, around them, or through them.  So, that’s why I started my Christmas Club account, and I’ve already got two deposits made towards next year’s Christmas spending spree.

What about you?  Christmas will be here in just 50 more weeks – that’s only 25 paydays away, if you get paid bi-weekly.  Ugh!  Doesn’t that just freak you out?  But just think – if you put away just $20 a week in your own Christmas Club account, you’d have $1,000 free and clear to spend for next year.  And $20 bucks a week, that’s not much.  Give up a pizza, or a fast-food run for the family once a week and that will usually save you $20 bucks.

Even if you spend a bit more than $1,000 (and I’m not perfect.  I did put a few gifts on credit, but less than in previous years), you can have it paid off in just a couple of weeks instead of months and months.

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  1. Jo Jo Kern says:

    Bravo ! I decided this year (2015) I would have a cash ‘n carry Christmas – actually to see if I could. Well, much to my surprise, it worked. No Bills. I’m so happy.

  2. Yes, thinking that Christmas is only 25 paydays away does freak me out! I love this approach. I often do Christmas shopping when I’m on vacation or over the summer just to minimize the “hit in December and January. I also withdraw extra cash in September to use for Christmas tipping, and order my cards in October when the online sites are running sales. Not only does it save you money, but getting the the cards done early is a big time saver.

    • I love that you’re so organized. I’ve been doing a lot of extra freelance work this year, so the holiday was a mad crazy rush for me. I was up some mornings at 6 frantically wrapping presents and this was the first year I’ve ended up sending many of my cards out AFTER Christmas. Probably my best strategy was to stay out of the stores almost completely and do 90% of my shopping online. That really helped me get the gifts I wanted and still stick to my budget – mostly.

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