Happy Thanksgiving!!! Let the Shopping for the Holidays begin…. The day after Halloween everything was gone and the Christmas decorations were up. Kohl’s, Macy’s, and JCPenney’s will all be open on Thanksgiving – all to lure us in for the spendiest season of the year. The average family spends $786 dollars and every store is in a race for those dollars NOW!
So before you head to Wal-Mart at 2 in the morning or make sure that you are the first into Macy’s on Thanksgiving Day, here are three tips to make sure you are ready to go and will have a smooth spending and Holiday season:
You CAN make your gift giving magical!
- Ready – we know, we know “make a list and check it twice” – but how do you make your list have impact and meaning? You INDIVIDUALIZE it! Make your holiday shopping list with THEM in mind, not you! (tweet this) There are 5 different ways we receive gifts.
- Some don’t want you to spend a lot of money (Savers)
- Some like the lavish gifts (Spenders)
- Some like something different (Risk Takers)
- Some like things that are practical (Security Seekers)
- Some like gifts that foster your relationship (Flyers)
And don’t forget to take your loved one’s Secondary Money Personality into consideration too. (If you haven’t already be sure to take our Money Personality Assessment).
- Set – Set expectations with your spouse or significant other. If you are sharing a pocketbook then you need to be in agreement. Who is getting what and how much are you going to spend. Also be sure to set expectations with family members. If this has been a trying money year then there is nothing wrong with a little “warning.” Your “warning” could go something like this, “Been a little rough this year so we are going to be going a little lighter but doesn’t mean we don’t love you a ton.” Nothing says “Bah Humbug” more than money fights and broken expectations during the holidays.
- Go – If you have completed “Ready and Set” you are now ready to go and enjoy buying and giving your gifts.
We want you to have a great holiday season. We all know a budget is a good idea but don’t forget the “other side of money” – the relationship side.
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Be sure to let us know what your favorite Christmas Gift tip is – we can all learn from each other. We hope and pray your Money Relationship brings you hope, laughter, and peace this year!