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The Season of Giving…but Not Too Much

We’re in the thick of the holiday shopping season and have gifts on the brain.  All this leads up to the “most wonderful time of the year.”  For many of us, this season of giving is spoiled by the stress of overspending.

Though the economy is still pretty fragile, many of us will still fall prey to spending and spending over the next few weeks.  In the face of financial insecurity and job instability, we continue to allow both external pressures –Gifts!  Parties!  Kids! – as well as our internal crabs to guide how we spend our money.

Chicago Healers Practitioner Julie Murphy Casserly shares tips to reel in spending during the holidays:

·         Avoid charging every credit card to the max – Take a load off by not racking up too much debt.  Lay off the credit card by not charging things you can’t afford.

·         Use cash – Try to use cash as much as possible, within reason.  Studies have shown that when people spend cash, they are most likely to think twice about purchasing something major says Live Science.

·         50/50 split – Try setting aside 50% of your holiday spending to cash and putting the rest on credit cards.

The goal here is to lessen your financial and emotional load during the holiday season.  During this season of giving, give to others what you can.  But give to yourself the gift of less stress and more holiday love.

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About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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