The holiday season is here! I must admit I am one of those people who over plans during the holiday season. I’m also a perfectionist so when the actual big day roles around I’m overstressed and have spent more money than I would have liked. That’s why I took SunTrust Bank‘s Meaningful within Your Means challenge, last month. It requires you to try or do something differently this year so that you can avoid a case of the “overs-” and create lasting meaningful memories of the holidays.
To fulfill my goal of not being overstressed during the holiday season I decided to plan better. I sat down and looked over SunTrust Bank‘s holiday planning guide. Then I created a budget planning spreadsheet to make sure I account for all those expenses that sneak up through the holiday season. I gave myself a budget on how much I would spend on new decorations for our new house, gifts and our annual Christmas Eve Party.
To eliminate the list of things to do during December I went out and bought my Christmas decorations early and decorated the house the day after Thanksgiving. Thankfully, my planning really paid off this year because I caught a nasty seasonal cold earlier in the week. To say the least, the cold has made it impossible for me to do anything this week!
The second goal I gave myself this month is to do something special with my family each week. So far, I have lived up to this. On the weekend, we headed to the historical part of our city and visited a Christmas shop as a family. My daughter had fun looking at the decorations and decorative houses. It made her day when she found a holiday decoration of Diego from Go, Giego, Go!.
The last goal I set for the holiday season is to give back. I participated in my communities yearly door-to-door food run, in which you fill a brown paper bag full of nonperishable items and someone picks it up on a dedicated day. My three-year-old daughter was really curious about what I was doing. I explained why I was taking items out of our pantry and that we were giving to those who have less. I also tried to explain the importance of this.
Have you started your holiday planning yet?
At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. They want to help you reduce holiday stress through tools, advice, and inspiration with their Holiday Planning Guide that encourages you to make your holidays meaningful by spending within your means and focusing on meaningful experiences.
What part of the holidays stress you and what self-appointed challenges can help you have a meaningful within your means holiday season?
At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. They want to help you reduce holiday stress through tools, advice, and inspiration that encourages you to make your holidays meaningful by spending within your means and focusing on meaningful experiences.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.