Eid is one of the periods that is quite anticipated every year. At this time you can usually take advantage of time to spend with family and friends, especially by going home on holidays. But maybe some of you have not been able to enjoy this full month of togetherness because you have financial problems. You who should be able to take advantage of this time to have fun with relatives, instead become dizzy thinking about the expenditure of Ramadan which is getting swollen, and also debt arrears that you have not been able to pay off.
Indeed, in general, you will find several types of expenses in the month of Ramadan that make you spend more than other months. But don’t let this matter take you for granted so that it prevents you from controlling your finances. You can still celebrate Eid al-Fitr in the following precise ways:
You may already know Angpao Eid as a tradition. You can work around this by reducing the nominal money that you share to save your expenses. Keep in mind that the main key to celebrating Eid is to stay in touch and spend time with family. Don’t let the burden of the budget to share THR with your family become a barrier for you to enjoy the holiday. You can also provide understanding to your child about the value of hospitality at Eid al-Fitr, so that they will not complain about the nominal amount of THR that you provide.
In addition, you also need to get around and arrange the THR that you receive from the office properly. Make a list of your expenses in the order of priority. Try to reduce expenses that you feel are not important. You can also take advantage of this opportunity to begin paying off your outstanding debts.
One other tradition in celebrating Eid is buying new clothes. Although this tradition is indeed quite awaited, but in fact this should not be done especially if buying new clothes can burden you financially. There is nothing wrong with you and your family wearing clothes that are already in the closet. Who knows, there are clothes that you have never used at all. Also keep in mind that this does not only apply to new clothes. Often the THR distribution at the end of Ramadan can encourage you to buy new items that you might not really need at that time. Try to think repeatedly before deciding to buy something. By reducing spending, you can use THR money for other more primary needs and celebrate low-cost Eid.
Homecoming activities on holidays become one of the biggest types of expenditure. Not only costs for travel, we also often spend a lot of money on gifts and gifts. Even though most of your co-workers go back to their respective hometowns, that doesn’t mean you also have to go. If you notice, the cost of travel on holidays increases dramatically in any mode of transportation. In addition, a lot of your time and energy will be drained on the trip because of the density of the homecoming. Maybe you can try to take a day off after another day to save on your travel costs. You can stay in touch with relatives and save your homecoming costs.
If you really want to go home on holidays, make sure you order tickets in advance to get a cheaper price. Also make sure you plan trips and costs that you will use in each of the available transportation modes. By comparing it, you can choose a friendly mode of transportation with a bag. In addition, you can also try to find departing hours that are rarely in demand by people, such as the departure time at night. In this way, you can still do homecoming cheaper.
Usually on Lebaran day, each neighbor’s house and each family cook their own special Lebaran food. Shopping for food items for Eid is also a big expense. However, how do you handle it? Maybe you can try celebrating Eid in a potluck way along with the residents of surrounding settlements and relatives. With a potluck system, you need to work together to divide tasks into bringing different food ingredients to be eaten together. Sounds fun isn’t it?
Holidays are victory days that you should enjoy without the burden of the mind. Do not let financial burdens and problems prevent you from spending your Eid fun with your family. By doing the methods above, you might be able to set aside a portion of your money to save, donate, or pay off debt that you haven’t paid off. Use this opportunity to start stabilizing your financial condition.
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