November 22, 2010

The Holiday (shopping) Season Begins

I grumble about Christmas starting the day after Halloween, but Thanksgiving is this week, which means the shopping frenzy really is picking up now.

I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t remind you that the holiday season is not about buying presents. Too many people feel obligated to find “just the right thing” for multiple people on their shopping lists, causing themselves extraordinary stress. Additionally, the search leads people to spend too much money on things that really aren’t necessary.

Before I am labeled a Scrooge or a Grinch, I want to remind everyone how they felt after last year’s shopping madness. Did you feel exhausted? Did it make you cranky and irritable? Did it take you months to pay all the bills? It doesn’t have to be that way again this year.

Instead of buying lots of presents, think about buying gifts of experience that someone will be able to enjoy and not have to store. Can you cut out the gift exchange at work or with groups you belong to? Surely you are not the only one who wants to spend less time and less money on gift giving this year.

What are some ways you can spend more time with the people you care about and less time at the mall? Click on Post a Comment, below, and tell us.

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