Even for those of us who are usually great deal finders throughout the year, Christmas shopping presents itself with unique spending challenges. I can’t count the number of times, I’ve made a decision ahead of time I’m not going to overspend, then at the last minute pressed for time I end up going out and spending way too much money. I know for myself, I don’t begin preparing early enough.
I loved Debt-Proof Your Christmas: Celebrating the Holidays without Breaking the Bankpractical creative advice. Although it might be too late for me this year (I’ve already spent more than I intended), it’s the perfect time to read now while this Christmas is fresh on my mind. If I wait until next year to read it, I’m going to forget that I’m leaving in two days to celebrate Christmas with my family and have yet to buy them one gift. Right now, I have a clear perspective and can really assess with Mary’s guidance why I have been overspending. I’m telling y’all this book is good and chock full of great advice. She also includes tons of homemade gift giving ideas and recipes (without the gorgeous pinterest images from over achieving moms that make me feel bad about myself). Even better, I’ve got ten copies to give away!!!
INSPIRATION FROM MARY HUNT
Holiday Rules to Live By
1. Your kids will soon forget the gifts, but will remember the relaxed times.
2. One moment of credit card weakness could create years of financial regret.
3. There is no gift that feels as good as debt feels bad.
Here’s a link of Mary on the Today Show sharing her personal struggle with debt and the holidays:
Debt-Proof Living founder Mary Hunt has authored 18 books on money management and becoming debt-free. Her nationally-syndicated newspaper column, “Everyday Cheapskate,” appears in newspapers across the country and is also distributed electronically to opted-in subscribers every weekday. She is the money editor at Woman’s Day magazine and is a regular guest on national radio and television shows.
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Disclosure: Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group provided me with a copy of Debt-Free Christmas Clelebrating the Holidays without Breaking the Bank and information. All opinions are 100% my own. Read my full disclosure here.