prevent Christmas stress

10 Money Tips to Prevent Christmas Stress

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through that day, the adults kept on swearing, “It shouldn’t be this way! We shouldn’t be so flustered—we hate all the hoopla!” Then, they stress ate the cookies the kids made for Santa.

Most of us can relate to this story, because Christmas stress is denying us the true joys of the season. But no more! It’s time to say “Bah! Humbug!” to holiday hassles and actually enjoy Christmas this year.

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How to Set Up Your Christmas Spending Budget

How to Set Up Your Christmas Spending Budget

Did you know Americans are expected to spend up to $730 billion this holiday season?1 That’s a lot of photo cards, candy canes, Michael Bublé CDs, Santa hats, plush novelty socks, and sparkly ornaments. But unless you intend on skipping Christmas this year, you’ll find yourself a part of that $730 billion machine.

To enjoy the gift-giving season without any guilt-ridden overspending, set up your Christmas budget now—and then stick to it like sap on a fir tree. Here’s ho

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Where Does Your Christmas Spending Rank?

Where Does Your Christmas Spending Rank?

Americans plan to spend around $906 on Christmas gifts this year, according to a new Gallup poll. That’s a Santa-sized bump from last year’s survey when $785 was the estimate.¹

Of course, $906 represents the average. Some families will spend less and other families will spend more. Here’s how it all breaks down:

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How to Be a Big Gift-Giver Even When Paying Off Debt

How to Be a Big Gift-Giver Even When Paying Off Debt

Christmas is just around the corner!

That means it’s time to decorate the tree, brew up some hot apple cider, and turn on your favorite holiday classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

But if you’re trying to get out of debt, you might be dreading the holiday season instead of looking forward to it. Can you keep making extra payments on your debt and still buy presents for everyone on your list? Even if you spend just $20 on each person, those numbers add up—and fast!

Well, guess what? You can still give gifts and keep your debt snowball rolling. All you need to do is get creative. So set your Christmas budget (no matter how big or small) and get ready to think outside the box! Here are some ideas to get you started.

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