Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu.

We are getting to that time of the year where we all have to start thinking about getting holiday gifts for friends and family members. While there is nothing quite like the holidays, there is also nothing quite like the feeling of knowing that you have gone over budget after only getting half of the gifts that were on your list. Frankly, having a budget during the holiday season is kind of like having a schedule planned out for your toddler: as much as you might try to follow it, it is not going to last long. With that in mind, the months that come after the holidays are going to feature some tight economic circumstances for you. The financial Holiday woe’s, as many people like to call them, have a tendency to affect you in January and February, i.e. the months after the joy of the holidays have worn off.

This is not to say that you should be hopeless when the Holiday woe’s come your way. In fact, you should simply find ways to work within your income and move on with your life. If you need to take out a payday loan to pay bills on time for a month, you should do it. Just because you have a little less money left after the holidays does not mean that you aren’t going to get back on the right financial track in a couple of months, it just means that you have to be able to deal with a rough patch for a little bit

Christmas in the post-War United States

Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the early part of November, you start to work out a budget for your holiday spending. When you have kids, they are going to give you lists of items that you want. When you put together a budget, you realize that there are some items that you can get, and some items that you can’t get. When you finally get to the stores after Thanksgiving, you take the lists, and your budget, with you to the store. When you leave the store, you realize that you ended up getting your kids all of the items on your list and completely skipped over that budget that you were supposed to be following. As much as you might know that you need to stick to a budget, you also know that you want to see your children as happy as possible. If this means spending more than you might like to on everyone on their list, you are going to end up doing it.

This could lead to some financial Holiday woe’s once the season passes. While you may love the smiles that your children have when they open presents on Christmas morning, you probably won’t have that same feeling when you open up your credit card bills in January. With all of this in mind, you want to make sure that you take a look at what some of your options to keep everything on track while your finances catch up. If you have to take out a payday loan to stay on track, you need to consider it.