6 Secrets to Avoiding a Post-Holiday Empty Wallet

Friday, November 10 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Making it through the holidays with your budget intact may at first sound unattainable; however, with planning and a little effort, it is possible.

As we approach the busy holiday shopping season, here are a few tips to get the most out of the festivities while ensuring that your post-holiday wallet isn’t bare. After all, ‘tis the season to have it all! You shouldn’t have to sacrifice fun and relaxing holiday experiences with your friends and family because of budget restrictions.

1. Get Organized 

Find out how much you have in your budget to spend on gifts, cards, decorations, food, travel and events this holiday season. Make lists and set a budget. Keep track and hold yourself accountable. 

2. Enjoy Free Events

Love to go caroling or see your downtown covered in lights? Many of these types of events are free and open to the public. Check your town’s online calendar of events and social media for budget-friendly holiday activities.

3. Think Beyond Traditional Gifts

Consider less traditional gifts to save money this season. Experiences, scrapbooks, babysitting offers and baked goods are good options. What about redeeming gift cards or items from any of your rewards programs as no-cost presents to hand out to loved ones? You could also organize a volunteer day with your friends and family, donating time to help improve your local community. If gifts are a must, consider implementing a gift swap or draw names. 

4. Plan for a Potluck

If you are planning a holiday gathering, consider hosting a potluck-style meal with each attendee bringing a different dish. Keep a list of what everyone is bringing so that you avoid duplicate dishes. You can create a customized online sign-up at perfectpotluck.com.*

5. Look for Discounts on Travel

Travel can be a huge holiday expense. Look for discounts on airfare and bus tickets. Sign up for email alerts from your favorite transportation providers! According to a study by cheapair.com*, if you are traveling for the holidays, you are generally better off booking your flights early to snag the lowest fares. You may also be able to make it home for the holidays by redeeming your credit card rewards points.

6. Earn Rewards Points

You can also maximize earning on your holiday spending with rewards points and promotions that are available during the holidays and into the New Year. For example, new Arvest Flex Rewards™ Credit Card customers can earn up to 10,000 bonus points (a $100 value) in your first three months using the card. This offer is good for new cards until Dec. 31, 2017. Plus, for new and current card holders, Arvest is giving customers the opportunity to earn DOUBLE their points for every $500 they spend up to $2,000 from Nov. 1, 2017 until Jan. 31, 2018. For any additional spend beyond $2,000, customers would still continue to earn the standard base level of 1 point for every $1 spent as part of the Arvest Flex Rewards™ program. You can visit your local Arvest branch or call (866)952-9523 to learn more! Be sure to keep track of your credit card spending and pay off the balance each month to maximize your earning potential.

We hope these tips help you to cut costs this holiday season, so you can spend less time worrying about your spending and more time enjoying your friends and family. 

The views of this article are for general information use only. Please contact and speak with a subject expert or your banker when specific advice is needed.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

 

 

Tags: Credit Cards, Financial Education
Charlotte smith on 11/17/2017 at 4:55 AM
I enjoy this site with all the different ways to brighten the holidays without breaking down my wallet. Very interest ideas. Thank you, Charlotte
Arvest Blog Admin on 11/20/2017 at 6:53 PM
Charlotte – We’re so happy to hear that!

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