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While the holidays can certainly feel too materialistic, a recent study suggests it's actually the signals we send our children day-to-day, all year long that matter most.
Shop according to deal rather than according to store.
The season of giving -- and by association, spending -- can make it easy to just pull out the credit cards and buy. But before you give in to the impulse to buy those last few (and often unnecessary) gifts, step back and make some mindful choices.
After every trip home to visit my family, I always returned exhausted and frustrated. In return, this exhaustion would turn into a flu or cold. However, if you try to stick to a healthy routine, pack practically and watch your travel conditions, you'll be able to come back from the holidays relaxed.
"[My son] ended up getting everything he wanted from his dad so, you know, that wasn’t a cool situation," Lee told HuffPost
No one suggests you cut back entirely on your children or spouse, but with average spending hitting $224 per child in 2013
Sure enough, the season of financial temptations is right around the corner, which means it's prime time to figure out whether your budget is prepped to weather the upcoming spending storm.
Bottom line: It's called the holiday season, not the spending season. If you enjoy traditional gift-giving, shape your finances throughout the year to make it happen. If you are facing financial problems or simply want to make a change in old spending routines, share that information with loved ones.