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Home for the Holidays: How to Stretch Your Budget in a Season of Inflation

You do not have to break the bank to celebrate the holidays in style—even in this season of inflation. Prices may be higher on everything from food to gifts to decorations, but there are still many opportunities for extra savings.

Multiple surveys have found that inflation is not only chilling people’s spending, but also prompting shoppers to search for better deals and creative ways to reduce their bills.[1] Here are five strategies you can use to boost your holiday budget by trimming household expenses:

1. Hunt for Deals on Groceries
You no longer must clip your way through paper flyers to snag a bargain. Coupon aggregation sites, like Coupons.com, and shopping apps—such as Checkout 51 and Ibotta—make it easy to score discounts and cash back on a variety of purchases, including groceries.

2. Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests with Pre-Owned Finds
If you are expecting company this year and would like to add festive flair to your home, start by searching for secondhand finds. Thrifting is back in vogue: A recent study found that the “recommerce” market grew almost 15% last year, which was twice the pace of general retail.[2]

3. Forgo Major Renovations in Favor of DIY Home Improvements
Consider winter-worthy endeavors, like a backyard fire pit. Just be sure to stick to DIY projects that you know you can do a quality job on. When in doubt, reach out for a free assessment to find out how your renovations could impact your home’s value.

4. Invest in Home Maintenance Projects That Cut Your Utility Bills
According to the EPA, 9 out of 10 homes in the U.S. are under-insulated.[3] Luckily, there are several energy-saving insulation projects that you can complete in just a few days. Be sure to check with us about any rebates or incentives that may be available before getting started on a project.

5. Use Expense Tracking to Boost Your Holiday Budget
If your monthly budget is tight, you may need to adjust to free up cash for holiday expenditures. Message us for a printable household-budget worksheet that you can use to track your adjusted income and expenses.

Whether you want to find lower-cost alternatives for home renovations, maintenance, or services, we are happy to provide our insights and referrals. And if you are saving up to buy a new home, we can help with that, too. Reach out to schedule a free consultation, and we can fill you in on the exciting programs and incentives we are seeing that help make homeownership more affordable.

The above references an opinion and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be financial, legal, or tax advice. Consult the appropriate professionals for advice regarding your individual needs.

  1. Retail Dive
  2. CNBC
  3. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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