Less Stress This Holiday Season
After a year full of twists and turns brought on by a global pandemic, many Americans are understandably looking forward to the holiday season.
This year, many Americans may find they are dealing with financial setbacks such as a loss of employment, reduced income, or other unanticipated expenses that may make it more difficult to avoid having holiday debt follow them into the new year.
Here are four tips designed to give you less stress and more joy this COVID holiday season:
Set a Holiday Spending Limit. During the holidays, it can be easy to let spending get out of control. Put a cap on your spending by creating a holiday budget / spending plan. Be sure to factor in additional non-gift related expenses that can easily add up—things like holiday photos, decorations, food, and if your family gathering is cancelled, shipping of gifts to love ones. Download a holiday budget spreadsheet here.
Trade Pricey for Priceless. A great gift doesn’t have to be expensive. Think outside the box and treat your loved ones to a thoughtful gift that generates excitement without the price tag. Maybe that’s a handmade item, DIY project, a fun experience, a coupon book, or just the gift of your time. Check out this blog article for some great ways to spread holiday joy (without spending too much cash).
Keep Your Personal Info Safe. The holiday season is a time when people are more vulnerable to identity theft scams. Not only are they making more purchases than at any other time of year, but they are often distracted when doing so.
According a recent Experian study, as much as 43% of holiday shopping identity theft occurs online. As the current COVID environment drives more people than ever to online shopping, it’s important to be aware of the best ways to protect yourself from identity theft:
- Stay up-to-date with online scams
- Use strong account passwords
- Monitor your credit report
If you do find yourself the victim of identity theft, here are some important steps to take.
Stay the Course with Free Financial Counseling from GreenPath. If you are caught up in the holiday frenzy, and you are stressed about overspending, the counselors at GreenPath can help.
In fact, 90% of people surveyed report feeling better prepared to handle their finances after speaking with a financial counselor.
Get ahead of your holiday finances and connect with a counselor today—it’s free, no pressure, and 100% confidential.