What are your budget categories for making your Holiday Budget?

Discussion in 'Budget & Bargains' started by zchristy, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. zchristy

    zchristy Santa's Elves

    Have been working on my budget and trying to make sure I can avoid as many unexpected expenses as possible.

    I'd love to hear what some of yours are!

    Some of Mine:

    Gifts/Wrap
    Tree/Decor
    Clothes
    CHristmas Eve PJs for kids
    Christmas Eve food/drink
    Haircuts in Nov
    Christmas Tree festival
    Travel
    Postage for long distance gifts
     
  2. Kim Loves Snow

    Kim Loves Snow Santa's Elves

    Christy - Great list!

    In addition to yours I have a category for "Holiday Tips" and "Charitable Giving".
     
  3. luludou

    luludou Well-Known Member

    I just do the gift budget. The rest I don't count.
     
  4. Snowey

    Snowey Active Member

    I try to budget,, and then I say what the heck :)
     
  5. snickerdoodle

    snickerdoodle New Member

    I have a line for Christmas Baking Supplies, a line for Christmas meals (we usually splurge on a Honey Baked Ham) and a Misc. line because it seems we always have unexpected expenses.
     
  6. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    We don't have a budget. We just get what we need, when we can. Usually i get things well ahead of time, and when they are on sale.
     
  7. SparkleNana

    SparkleNana New Member

    I need to do a budget for everything EXCEPT the gifts. We are cutting back.... AND I have already done the gift shopping. (No... I'm not organized..... just Christmas obsessed!)

    FIRST..... I need to look at last year's utility bills and figure out how hard we are going to be hit this time.

    Then: special foods. My family HATES to plan in advance. However... we usually end up having Christmas Day here. And... I need to think about entertaining.

    And... hostess gifts for holiday parties.

    Tips: cash for trash collectors, recycling people, mailperson, newspaper delivery people, and any others I forget.

    Mailing costs for gifts to relatives far away.

    Money for the week BETWEEN Christmas and New Year's.... when impromptu amusements pop up.... such as.... do you want to go to the movies? Out to brunch? Whatever.

    PLUS.... money for the after-Christmas sale at Pier 1.... in late January.
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2010
  8. aggy

    aggy Santa's Elves

    My budget is broken into these categories:

    Greeting cards/postage
    gifts
    decorations
    food
    wine & alcohol beverages
    donations
    music & movies
    miscellaneous
     
  9. jackfrosty

    jackfrosty Santa's Elves

    I am hopelessly terrible with numbers. I have never budgeted before-just tried to be cheap-I mean frugal. I really am grateful for this thread as I would have no clue where to start! Okay now that I have my categories, what's the next step?
     
  10. Nutcracker

    Nutcracker New Member

    Loved these lists. It made me think of some things I haven't thought about in a budget
     

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