The holiday season is fast approaching.
This is the time of year when everyone from your grandma to your favorite news anchor is talking about…
Not what you thought I was going to say, was it?
It almost goes without saying that when it comes to a celebration, there is usually some kind of monetary exchange happening.
There’s also this righteous condemnation that happens this time of year.
And I don’t have any time for that.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you espouse budgeting all year and then blast people for shopping on Black Friday, you are missing the point.
My Twitter feed is already starting to fill up with reminders that others need to do better or people apologizing for–GASP!–intending to spend money this year.
Repeat after me. You don’t owe anyone an apology for how you spend your money. It’s your money. It’s your season. How you spend is between you and your spreadsheet.
Shame is not a money principle. At least it isn’t in my
Instead of telling you what to save or spend this season, I want to celebrate. More specifically, I want to celebrate you.
Maybe you found a great promo on fried onions (Three cheers for less money judgment and more green bean casserole!). Maybe you got your family to switch from buying gifts for everyone and moved to a grab bag system. Maybe the holidays aren’t your thing and you are travel hacking your way to Bermuda over winter break.
However you’re winning with money this holiday season, I want to hear about it. Big, small, or in between. Let’s make things merry and bright, let’s and talk about money with excitement and not an ounce of shame.
Fill out this short money wins survey, and we’ll kick things off next Friday and celebrate all the way until the new year.
If you need a little inspiration to get the money win wheel turning, check out these holiday spending statistics:
- The average American spent $67.59 on Thanksgiving travel and $97.55 on other Thanksgiving costs, according to a 2017 LendEDU survey.
- Almost $8 billion in online shopping happened over the last Black Friday weekend, and 40% of that was done via mobile phone.
- Consumers say they will spend an average of $1,007.24 for the 2018 holiday season, based on a NRF survey.
- Rebate apps continue to grow in popularity, and there are 12 million Ibotta users currently who have earned about $200 million in rebates!
- 55% of shoppers use debit cards to make holiday purchases.
Whether you find ways to spend less or maybe even spend more (Team Purposeful Spending over here!), I know you’re going to do something with your wallet this season that we can celebrate.
Click it now or bookmark the survey later — but if you’ve got money wins this holiday season, let’s flaunt ‘em!
PSST – If you need a little inspiration, check out the entire money wins series!