So far in the ‘Organize Your Holiday’ series, we have purchased a holiday binder to keep all of our holiday planning and ideas in one place, filled out a holiday bucket list, and printed out holiday calendars to keep track of all our holiday events.
Today, we are talking budgets. Most of us do not have unlimited cash on hand to spend at the holidays. And I would like to think most of us don’t want to go into debt when celebrating our favorite holidays. As much as budgets are not the most glamorous or fun things to talk about, it is necessary to budget your funds if you want to finish off the holidays stress-free.
Today, I have three printable worksheets for you to print out and keep in your holiday binder. You can print the shopping lists front to back if needed. I purposely left the main budget worksheet blank. You can use it to track gift purchases, home decor and decorations, or entertaining expenses like meal planning. I am planning on printing out several of the budget sheets to keep track of each of these categories.
Download Holiday Budget Planner
I am also including the printables in this series in my Etsy shop, but my readers get them absolutely free! (This download is for personal use only. Do not share the direct link to the .pdf/.jpg file. Please link back to the original post when sharing.)
This is a good time to sit down with your partner and decide how much you have to spend and where you want the money to go. If you plan out that you have $300 to spend on gifts, and you have ten people to buy for, that leaves you $30 per gift if you divide it all up evenly.
We often get ourselves into trouble by not accounting for all the little expenses that add up quickly over the holidays. Below is a list of items you may want to include in your budget:
- wrapping paper and gift wrap supplies – (gift bags, tissue paper, tape, gift tags)
- holiday cards
- address labels
- copies of pictures to include with holiday cards
- postage for mailing holiday cards and gifts
- volunteering and charitable giving
- decorations – (tree, lights, ornaments, wreaths, etc.)
- home decor – (candles, holiday pillows or throws, picture frames, artwork)
- holiday meals
- baking supplies
- event tickets
- holiday clothing
- craft projects or DIYs
- holiday travel
I have already seen some ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday popping up online and in my email newsletters. Keep track of what you want to buy (and where and when) with these printable holiday shopping lists.
Download Black Friday Shopping List and Cyber Monday Shopping List
If you want a more detailed way to keep track of gift giving you can download my holiday gift tracker from my 31 days of homemaking printables series.
What items do you add to your holiday budget? Tell me in the comments.
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