The holidays are prime time for houseguests. Whether it’s your siblings and their spouses or an elderly relative, it’s important to be prepared for your guests before they arrive. Being prepared means more than just blowing up the air mattress and stocking up on snacks. It also means reviewing your insurance policy to be sure [...]
As you wander around the festively decorated stores with your eggnog latte in hand, it’s easy to get carried away by the season. Before you know it, your shopping cart is filled with gifts. But wait: Are all of these things within your holiday budget? Do you even have a budget for gifts? Here are [...]
Nothing says “I care” quite like a handmade holiday gift. Bonus: Homemade gifts can be a great way to stretch your gift budget and to let the whole family flex their creative skills. Here are a few ideas to jumpstart your DIY holiday gift list: Whatever you make, go assembly line. In other words, plan [...]
Are You Spending More, Less, Or The Same This Christmas? So many people are unemployed, federal government workers are getting a pay cut, that I wondered whether you'd be spending more, less or the same on holiday gifts this Christmas? So, I asked WSB listeners to share their Christmas spending plans. Are you spending more, less or the same? Please leave your comments on the blog. GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF INFORMATION: CHECK OUT OUR EBOOK AND PODCAST DEALS - DISCOUNT CODES BELOW.
The holiday season is upon us, and while I love giving gifts and spending time with my family, all of that bonding can really add up. Between buying presents, making dinners, and traveling, it is not hard to see why people get financially stretched around the holidays. But let's not forget what all of the cheesy holiday movies have taught us: it isn’t about presents or a tree or even the perfect turkey, the holidays are all about family. But just how do we bank on all of that warm and fuzzy sentiment without seeming like cheapskates?
Credit debt and unemployment affect holiday consumer spending. Consumer spending this holiday shopping season will be affected by credit debt and unemployment. Holiday shoppers consumer spending habits affected by credit card debt and unemployment this holiday shopping season. Credit card companies say the decrease in holiday consumer spending is creating a "credit winter."