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Six tips to better plan your festive season spending

Six tips to better plan your festive season spending
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By Anshul  Aug 24, 2022 3:03:15 PM IST (Published)

Festival season is that time of the year when you loosen your purse strings and go on a shopping spree, often indulging in extravagance. Here's how you can shop wisely without impacting your finances.

The festive season is just round the corner and it can be easy to go overboard on holiday shopping, which can later give a spending hangover. A little bit of budgeting, however, can help people celebrate without spending all of their cash or maxing out credit card limits.

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Festive season budgeting is a way to set limits on your purchases and here are some key principles to maintain fiscal prudence, as suggested by Madhusudan Ekambaram, CEO & Co-Founder, KreditBee.
Plan your spends
Since the festive season is all about indulging, sharing, and gifting, you must decide in advance how much money you are willing to spend.
“Set a budget and make a list of everyone you need to buy gifts for. If you plan purchases well in advance, you are less likely to overspend out of desperation,” Ekambaram told CNBC-TV18.com.
Borrow what you can repay
It's crucial to accurately assess your needs and borrowing appetite. Don’t get carried away by alluring discounts or the holiday mood and end up with more debt than you can manage because financing products have interest rates and other associated costs that could make the timely EMI payment challenging.
According to Ekambaram, it's better to allocate capital appropriately for needs, wants, and savings.
"This will allow you to determine how much financing you receive will play a part in expenses," he said.
Avoid unplanned shopping
When you visit markets or malls, the incredible discounts can persuade you to buy items that appear fantastic but have little use or gifting value. So, you should always buy what you need and avoid purchasing what you want.
Select the right financial product
"Considerations including tenure, amount, and interest rates must be taken into account. Various products, such as small ticket size loans, can be used for minor needs or crises. Online purchase loans and Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) have become popular financing options for many borrowers since they are convenient," Ekambaram told CNBC-TV18.com.
Compare offerings from different lenders
Given that there are numerous options for financing products and lenders, you should always analyse the various possibilities available for your particular financing needs.
While comparing digital lenders, you should take into account factors like their credibility, product offers, interest rates, and whether their products include any hidden fees.
Take advantage of different payment modes
Another thing to keep in mind is taking advantage of the various digital payment modes that offer the most convenience and bang for consumers’ bucks. You should always go for a stress-free and rewarding experience.
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