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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

November 30, 2018

Celebrate the Holidays Without Ruining Your Savings Plan

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Winter holidays get celebrated in a variety of ways but most involve some sort of spending. University of Missouri Extension has a variety of publications and information online to help families celebrate without ruining their savings plan.

"Many of us think of spending time with family and friends, observing holiday traditions, shopping the holiday sales and getting away. Most all of those have some type of monetary cost associated with it," said David Burton, county engagement specialist with MU Extension.

For families on a budget, or simply wanting to save some money, Burton says there are ways to do these things while staying true to our financial goals.

Here are a few holiday cost savers to consider having everyone bring a new healthy dish to your family get-togethers. "This makes it easy on everyone's budget and helps all feel good mentally and physically by eating right," said Burton.

Another idea is to play games at home as a family. Many card or board games are fun for any age and outdoor games are also a way to get some exercise. "Lots of people can play and you get more quality time together than going out to a movie," said Burton.

Holiday movies are on almost every night during December. So plan a movie night once a week with popcorn at home.

"Going to a spiritual service highlights the meaning of the season and helps us realize we don't need to spend money to connect with the important things in life," said Burton.

A "staycation" can be better than getting away. This is especially the case for those of us who go somewhere (work) almost every day. Staying home for a few days is a luxury.

"When shopping it is a challenge to resist the sales. Consider how the item will bring fulfillment to your life in the long run. Remember saving is a gift you give yourself that is more likely to help achieve your life goals," said Burton.

For more information on issues related to home finances, visit the MU Extension website at for guides, publications and contacts.

Source: David Burton, (417) 881-8909

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