Christine Trumbull is a CPA and Quickbooks certified pro advisor and the founder of Pinnacle CFO Services. 28 years of experience in financial and business management have led her to her current role: ensuring seamless transitions for founders and their families.
A trusted resource for family-owned and closely held businesses looking to take their company to higher places.
With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to prepare for joyful celebrations. The holidays can be an exciting time for many, but they can also bring on financial stress.
That’s why we’ve put together some budgeting tips to help you make the most of the holidays while keeping your finances in check.
1. Plan Your Budget Early. Start by setting a clear holiday budget. Consider your personal and business expenses, such as gifts, decorations, and year-end bonuses, and ensure that you allocate funds for each category.
2. Separate Business and Personal Finances. Maintain a clear distinction between your business and personal finances. Avoid dipping into your business accounts for personal holiday expenses.
3. Track Your Spending. Use budgeting apps or spreadsheets to monitor your holiday expenses in real-time. Tracking your spending helps you stay accountable and make necessary adjustments.
4. Be Careful With Credit Cards. If a credit card is needed to make necessary purchases, use a card with lower interest rates. This will give you peace of mind knowing that it can be paid off without worrying about accruing more debt.
5. Set a Cap on Entertaining. If you’re hosting holiday parties or gatherings, set a reasonable budget for food and decorations. Potluck-style events can help distribute costs among guests.
6. Start Early. Shopping ahead of time allows you to take advantage of sales and discounts. Early planning also helps distribute expenses over several weeks or months.
If you have any questions or need financial guidance during this time, feel free to reach out. We’re here to help you navigate the season with confidence and peace of mind. Schedule time to chat with Christine!