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Christmas time is coming and it’s my favorite time of the year. I love the lights, decorations, and parties. The celebrations bring people together, maybe for the only time in the year.
It’s also when retailers start salivating, anticipating crazed shoppers grabbing as much as they can hold. For e-tailers, the online ads and Black Friday emails have already started rolling in.
In light of money management, we should take the consumerism down a few notches this year. Back when malls were the popular shopping venue, I remember reading an article about post-Christmas overload. The mom recounted that the mall puked on her living room floor. Her kids didn’t know what to play with first. Her regrets led to a personal promise of a different Christmas Future.
I know how much fun it is to watch kids unwrap gifts. Sometimes, they’re so excited they mean to throw the wrapping paper in the air but instead throw the gift in the air and hold on to the paper. Parents like to give and give, maybe giving more than they got when they were growing up. That makes Mom and Dad feel better about themselves, but overindulgence isn’t always necessary. Even children, the little wanting scamps that they are, value relationships more than things. You’ve never heard anyone say that they didn’t get enough toys when they were growing up. Continue reading “Intuitive Christmas Spending”