The holidays can be an expensive time of year; usually, more expensive than we realize until it is too late. You have the best intentions of keeping things under control this year, and by January you are shocked by the size of your December credit card bill.
The good news is: spending during the holidays can be kept under control by being patient, discovering what is truly important to you this holiday season, and by taking the time to think about what you are purchasing and why.
To help you with your spending this holiday season I have gathered together some of the articles I have written about spending and how to control it. Pick the article or articles that sound the most helpful for you this holiday and look forward to facing a smaller credit card bill this January.
(All of these posts can also help spending outside of the holiday season, so bookmark this page so you can reference it later in 2017)
1. This One Word is Costing You (a lot) of Money
This is one of the most popular posts I have written, and perfect to share on this list. This article is all about the word “ONLY” and the effect “ONLY” has on how you spend your money.
2. Money Lessons from a 7-Year Old: In App Purchases
I am a proud Dad, so here is an article I c0-wrote with my son based on his experience and learning from making an expensive in-app purchase for the iPad. If you have kids (or big kids) making big demands this holiday season sharing the three tips in this article can help with prioritizing your spending.
3. Using Positive Emotions to Save Money this Christmas
This article shares a free action guide and video teaching you how to use a positive emotions statement to help control your spending this Christmas. Overspending happens when you focus on the things you are buying and not on the positive emotions and experiences you want to generate with your purchases.
4. How to Cure Your Money Hangover this Christmas
This article shares the four big reasons I think debt slows us down and gives us a “money hangover”. Then I share some actionable steps you can take during the holidays to minimize your 2017 post holiday money hangover.
5. A Black Friday Story – How to Decide What to Buy (and save money)
This article is about a Black Friday purchase, but the “money brainstorming” strategy I share is 100% applicable to your holiday spending as well. You can use this money brainstorming strategy when thinking about any purchase you make.
6. Resisting the spending urge – Use the Four Purchasing R’s
There are a ton of cool things to buy out there. But how many of them do you really need? How many of them do you realize aren’t that important if you just take some time to think about spending your money? This article maps out the “four spending R’s” you can use to help with your money spending decisions.
That’s a wrap! Six articles you can read and use to help you have an amazing holiday season without breaking your bank accounts and credit card limits.
I hope they help!