LOVE & MONEY

 

Tackle holiday financial stress with 5 steps. Do the holidays differently this year – together.

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ALIGN ON YOUR GOALS

Use this goal setting tool to decide on your financial goals for this holiday season, both individually and as a couple and then discuss them.

  • How similar are your goals?
  • Is there anything you should add or remove from your lists?

Once you have your individual and couple goals figured out,  ask each other some of these questions about what you want – and don’t want – out of this Christmas.

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MAKE A PLAN

Create a spending plan that matches the goals and traditions you aligned on in Step 1.

  • Use this gift planner to decide how much you’ll spend on every person (including yourselves) and every spending event this holiday season.
  • The result? No impulse buys. No accidental overspending. No financial regrets in January.
  • And don’t forget…sometimes the best presents are those that don’t cost much or anything at all. Think about how you can use your personal gifts instead of buying gifts.
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FREEZE YOUR SPENDING

During the Black Friday/Cyber Monday holiday shopping extravaganza, you might be tempted to spend more money than you planned. Here are some ways to avoid that temptation:

  • Unsubscribe from things you don’t need to be paying for right now.
    • Apps like Truebill and Trim® can help you find all of your current subscriptions so you can cancel any that you don’t truly need.
  • Delete any retail apps on your phone
    • While you’re at it, consider removing your credit card info – at least from sites where you primarily shop for yourself.
  • Block retailer’s emails
    • A tool like Unroll.Me® can help you permanently or temporarily block emails from retailers tempting you to buy stuff you don’t need.

 

Don’t stress about these changes. You can always re-subscribe, save your payment info, and download retail apps again after the new year. Pulling the plug now helps you avoid overspending this holiday season.

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FIND WAYS TO SAVE MONEY

Planning, self-control and making gifts instead of buying them is all fine and good, you may be thinking, but I’m going to be spending some money this holiday season.

We get it. Here are some tips to help you save more money this holiday season:

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FOCUSING ON YOUR FINANCES

Great, you have a plan, and you took steps to avoid being tempted by holiday sales. Now comes the most important part – following through.

Download an app like brightpeak’s Illuminate™ to sync your bank accounts and keep track of your spending. You can even create a budget just for holiday spending within the app to make it even simpler to stay on track this holiday season.

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