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Successful Holiday Shopping Strategies

Holiday Shopping
Holiday Shopping Strategies

Online Holiday Shopping

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 hit the most substantial online holiday shopping sales numbers to date, with more than $5 billion spent on Black Friday and $6.5 billion spent on Cyber Monday! Now you have the rest of your holiday shopping to do. Amid the frantic pace of holiday parties, family gatherings, and business obligations, some of us still need to finish up purchasing additional gifts.

How Much Will You Spend on Holiday Shopping in 2017?

The National Retail Federation predicts the average per-person tab this holiday season will reach $967, up nearly 3.4 percent since 2016. A majority of shoppers plan to splurge on non-gift items for themselves too! According to Wallet Hub, Americans are on track to end 2017 with more than $60 billion in additional credit-card balances. That figure puts us perilously close to the nearly $1 trillion grand-total recorded at the height of the Great Recession.

Why Is It Hard to Set a Holiday Shopping Budget?

Many people get emotional about selecting gifts for family members and loved ones. The desire to get the very best present is often in direct conflict with the reality of keeping your budget on target. Going overboard for Christmas and beginning 2016 in debt is not your best course of action.

Setting intentions ahead of time creates positive, conscious choices which allow you to be deliberate about your spending during the holidays. Explore some of the holiday emotions that may pop up annually! Ask yourself, “Why?” Are those old habits or emotions still serving you well today? If not, brush away that family competition of purchasing the “best” gift? Stop worrying that you need to purchase a gift for every person you know.

Happy Holiday Shopping Without Over Spending

Stop thinking that overspending provides the best gift. Spread holiday cheer on a personal level. The holidays in the final months of the year originated to honor love, peace, and sharing. Remember that! Let those ideas help you to create more meaningful moments with family and friends, who are most important to you.

Here are five tips to make holiday shopping easier on your wallet:

1. Set aside $25-$100 per month in holiday savings. Spend cash.

2. Set your total budget.

3. Make a gift list and attach an amount to each person.

4. Take time to find the best deals.

5. It’s not the size of the gift; it is the thought behind it. There are many small and fun ways to show people you care!

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Intentional Gratitude Will Change Your Life

Intentional Gratitude

Intentional Gratitude Will

Change Your Life

Look for Opportunities to be Thankful

Intentional gratitude is searching and acknowledging a positive person, life experience or kind gesture each day. Do you look for opportunities to be thankful? Or do you rush through life unaware, pressured and unhappy? The action of being grateful, expressing your thanks can be a powerful tool for living a meaningful life. Studies show that we deliberately pursue an appreciation for the goodness in our lives, the result is an increase in our well-being and happiness. That my friend – is called intentional gratitude.

Science Supports the Happiness Factor

Scientific studies demonstrate that fear and negativity increase cortisol. This “fight or flight” hormone narrows your perspective because you perceive danger in your life. Developing a positive mindset increases the mood neurotransmitters (serotonin and norepinephrine), in your body.

Instead of dwelling on the lack of “things or other people’s successes,” focus on the goodness of your life, and you physically retrain your brain to look for abundance! Be aware. Open your mind to the possibilities in front of you. A positive mindset also encourages people to “broaden and build” life skills. Begin to actively seek new opportunities and utilize your small successes to achieve a more abundant and meaningful life.

Intentional gratitude can set the tone for the rest of the day. Some people like to begin their day with meditation or by murmuring words of gratefulness. Your thoughts direct your efforts, and a positive mental attitude often results in more beneficial outcomes for people at work or home, as the day unfolds.

Setting Intentions

You may prefer to reflect the best moments of your day in the evening. Write down your thoughts. Being thankful for all the people in our daily life helps us to set intentions in the future. Learn to flip frustrations or challenges to create new opportunities for choosing what matters in the long run.

Maintain Your Positive Vibes

As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, many people focus on gift-giving, thankfulness, and an abundant life during this time. Try to keep that sense of choosing happiness and caring when the fine china is put up and the days grow long during the winter. Maintain an attitude of gratitude throughout the year, and you can relieve stress while generating a more optimistic view. Like a small pebble thrown into a pond, the ripples of goodwill you send out to others have a significant impact on many people, some of whom you may never meet!

Try it!