Christmas is undoubtedly the best time of the year. The holiday is the season of joy, the time we gather with family and exchange gifts. And the holiday season is incomplete without shopping. However, it can also be stressful if you are already struggling to meet ends. So how much of your income should you spend on Christmas?
Sadly, many don’t enjoy the holiday season because of the financial aspect. But don’t worry! You can still have a memorable holiday. Understanding the percentage of income that many people spend on Christmas gifts can be helpful to plan for the season.
How much should you spend?
Most experts say that you should not spend more than 1.5% of your annual family gross income on gifts. If you frequently have deductions in your gross pay, you’ll be spending more than 1.5% of what you take home as cash. Meanwhile, here’s how you can reduce stress while shopping this holiday season.
How Americans spend their income on Christmas
Individuals whose total incomes are $100,000 spend around $800 on holiday shopping. For those who make less than $100,000, the spending was less than $300. However, this would vary every year depending on the increase or decrease in income and expenses.
Budgeting isn’t hard but makes a difference
Since holiday shopping is necessary spending during the year, you could add all the Christmas expenses (tree and decorations, gifts and wrapping paper, and travel costs for visiting your friends or family) right from the start of the year. No matter how much you spend during Christmas, this expense will not come under essentials. And you cannot avoid spending during the holidays as well.
Therefore, it’s advisable to include or create a separate budget for holiday spending. You can save an amount every month depending on your purchase bills from previous years. After knowing how much you should save to shop during Christmas, schedule an automatic transfer to a savings account with interest. You will also get some interest during the year.
Homemade gifts are the trend
If you wish to cut down on Christmas spending, you can consider making homemade gifts. These not only cost low but are have more value because of the time and effort you have put in. They are simply irreplaceable. These include homemade cookies, greeting cards, photo albums, and scented candles. You can also give coupons you have that might be useful for someone.