Holiday Budgets on the Fly

November arrived earlier than ever this year, probably due to global warming. That means it’s time for you to kick back and relax for the rest of the season, because your Christmas shopping is already done.

Unless you’re like me. I just found out that people my age are technically adults. This classification burdens me with the responsibility of orchestrating a Flawless Holiday Season. Someone should have told me sooner! For I have not started thinking about what presents to give my loved ones, let alone how to make scarecrow table settings out of oak leaves, Q-tips, and leftover jack-o’-lantern scraps.

scarecrows 009

I’m also discovering the financial strains of the holidays. I haven’t yet paid down my Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Arbor Day, Administrative Professionals’ Week, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Columbus Day credit card bills. Yet somehow I’m supposed to budget funds for making enough fudge to give to everyone I know. These folks will eventually throw it away because EVERYONE is giving them fudge, and they can’t pawn it off on the dog without killing it.

Someone has to figure out a way to survive the holidays without going broke. Until someone does, I’ll offer you my own Totally Not Miserly Money Tips for a Flawless Holiday Season. If you start now, you can sprinkle your financial creativity piecemeal across the entire season.

It’s entirely possible that these Miserless Money Tips will guarantee your eternal bliss. Read on, gentle reader — the entire Fool’s Gold is live on the New Mexico Mercury and The KC Post. (Welcome aboard, Kansas City!)


(Featured image, “Jeans,” copyright Jeff Belmonte/CC; “scarecrow 009” copyright City of Overland Park/CC)

2 responses to “Holiday Budgets on the Fly

  1. I keep hoping my family will adopt a “choose one person and spend only $20 on them” tradition, but it hasn’t happened yet…

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