It is that time of the year, a season full of hope, happiness, best wishes, family time and to be thankful for all the good things we could have received this year. Emotions emerge and with them… the holiday expenses… oh my… please no… am I  touching the wrong button?… that sad side of holidays for many that don’t have the fortune of Donald Trump (oops he is not the republican candidate of my preference but.. hey he is the richest) .

Black Friday is the official start line for the American consumers to do their holiday shopping, Black Friday it is also a perfect occasion for ravaging your finances this season  if you aren’t careful.

Just in case you do not know it yet, when we spend our money in something (especially when we spend it on things we do not need) the process start with our emotions and I suggest, that is the first thing we need to be aware and learn to control.

With that stampede of commercials everywhere, customer traffic designed stores, among other marketing strategies from retailers that awakens the desire of buying, that uncontrollable impulse to get that item, that product, object or artifact that after buying it you realize you didn’t even needed it!.

Please help your budget and do not overspend. Make a list of things you really need and try to keep with it… of course, don’t forget to include in that list your loved ones who you’d like to present with a gift these holidays. But when is time to shop, please try to control your emotions when you see bargains or big sale signs.

Early this year I started putting some bucks on the side every paycheck and shaped up a budget because this year I want to be stress free for the Holidays.

I have my list and begun to do some window shopping and yes on Black Friday I am waking up early to be in line at one of my favorite stores before they open, doing it so I will fulfill my emotions enough. 🙂

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