This panel included: Neal Stern: CPA, member of the AICPA’s National CPA Financial Literacy Commission; Rod Griffin: Director of Public Education at Experian; and Christina Roman: Social Media Specialist at Experian.
We also featured financial tips all week on Snapchat.
Create a list of events and activities you are participating in throughout the month. You’ll also want to map out who you are buying for and create a budget for each activity and person.
Prioritize Your Bills
With so many expenses during the holidays, you may be tempted to skip a bill and pay it the next month. This is one of the worst things you can do for your finances and your credit score. Your payment history is the number 1 factor in your credit score.
Talk to Your Loved Ones
Have honest conversations about with your family about what you can contribute this holiday season. This would be a good time to come up with meaningful traditions and activities that will help everyone give back and save more.
Use Cash for Your Purchases
If you find that it’s a little too easy to run up your credit card balances during the holidays, leave them at home and stick to cash. This will help you stay on budget and avoid debt. Remember, credit utilization is the 2nd biggest factor in your credit score.
Make Time for Yourself
Don’t let your self-care fall by the wayside. Make sure you are prioritize the activities that keep you healthy, get plenty of rest, and don’t hesitate to seek professional help if you need it.