The Christmas season is upon us and many people really struggle to get through the holidays without going broke. With so many people unemployed or working part-time their Christmas budget is very small. This article will give you some tips on how to stretch your money as far as you can and work within your budget.1 – Decide how much you are going to budget for holiday shopping and still meet your monthly expenses. This will help you not to over spend.2 – Make a list of all the people you are buying for. Remember to include all the extra little gifts that you might have like teacher’s presents. If at all possible try to group people together. An example would be buying one gift for a couple rather than buying individual gifts. Write down by each name how much you can spend on that particular person and stick to it.3 – If at all possible shop ahead of time and always be on the watch for sales.4 – Have an actual shopping plan. Do your home work. Black Friday is a great day for getting great sales but if you go shopping without a plan you are likely to wander the stores and do some impulse shopping. This might cause you to go over your budget.5 – Consider drawing names instead of buying for everyone.6 – You can use the internet to compare prices.7 – If you like to cook you might could make homemade goodies and give as gifts. If you have a craft that you are good at then that might be an alternative for you as well. Many people prefer homemade gifts because they feel like there was a lot of thought and love that went into making them.8 – Watch the paper and check online for coupons. This is a great way to save money!The holiday season is a great time for being with your friends and loved ones. Hopefully these tips will help you stay within your budget so you can relax and enjoy this wonderful time of the year!