During the holidays it’s easy to become overwhelmed by stress especially during these different economic times. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the shopping isles and your own priorities!
Putting phrases like “I have to have”, “I love” and “I need” in front of an item can bring the extra emotional attachment that those phrases carry. Try instead saying “I like” or “I want” to keep from adding unnecessary pressure to purchase things. This can also alleviate some of the disappointment in case you can’t get the item.
A simple way to know the true value of an item is to weigh the cost against the time and effort it took you to make the money. (U.S. Department of Labor averages the national minimum wage to be $7.25) For example: If you want to purchase a $36 sweater on average it would cost about 5 work hours. This will vary depending on the cost of the product and your own income but applying this method to your purchases may help you decide the true value of the item to you personally.
Lastly, remember to focus on the things that are most important for your holiday happiness. Remember to keep in mind that it’s about the people you love and not the items you buy for them. If you remember to make things that are truly precious to you the focus of your holiday you’re more likely to find yourself with a smile rather than post holiday remorse and unnecessary debt. Happy Holidays!
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