Even with the pandemic, there's no stopping the events that usually make people enthusiastic. However, you should keep in mind that along with the celebrations are the risks that could derail your health and finances. Fortunately, there are ways for you to avoid the ber months trap.


Here are some of the tips that you can follow to stay on top of your health and finances while enjoying the festivities.

1.      Make a budget and stick to it.

This is the initial step to smart money management especially during this time of the year. It will help you stay in control of your expenses to avoid overspending. In the end, you’ll appreciate having enough money for all the things that really matter.

2.      Keep a record of your spending.

Track your expenses to check if you are not exceeding your budget limit. This is also an effective way to know if you are able to put your money in the right places. There are expense tracking apps that you can download to monitor your spending.

3.      Don’t be an impulsive shopper.

Even during a pandemic, seasonal sales will still happen. Don’t make this an excuse to buy the things you don’t need. Otherwise, this will all just end up as unnecessary expenses. Worse, you may end up with unnecessary debts.

4.      Be mindful of how you celebrate.

You can enjoy parties without breaking your health habits. Make healthy choices when it comes to food and beverages. Just like expenses, having too much unhealthy food can cause problems. Take everything in moderation.

5.      Choose to be a smart host.

Take party hosting to a practical but smart level. Create a menu that fits your budget. It would be best to choose foods with ingredients that are in season during the ber months. Usually, these are less expensive. Of course, healthy options should be on your menu.

6.      Stay away from debt.

You can still enjoy shopping without using loan options or your credit card to shop. Again, stick to your budget. You’ll appreciate the sense of relief knowing that you are debt-free after the ber months!

7.      Grab investment opportunities.

Make the ber months the time for investments. After all, this is the season when most people have extra money to spare. You’ll thank yourself later for resisting unnecessary expenses in exchange for investing and securing your future.


The happy ber months signal the start of festivities. For some, it is also the season when splurging is a valid excuse. Unfortunately, this leaves a toll on one’s health and money. The good news is, you can be a game-changer. Take note of the above-mentioned tips and make the best decisions that you won’t regret!

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