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Taking steps to stave off holiday shopping debt

On Behalf of | Oct 22, 2021 | Bankruptcy

With the holiday shopping season approaching swiftly, there may be many individuals in Maryland and elsewhere who are preparing to purchase gifts for loved ones and friends. While the concept of giving gifts can feel rewarding, the idea of dealing with the financial challenges that arise when bills come due might not. Those preparing for similar endeavors may find it helpful to seek insight on ways to reduce the chances holiday shopping sprees will lead to debt and on where to turn should financial challenges prove overbearing. 

While preparing for the holiday shopping season, it could be helpful to seek out ways to stave off debt and create an effective holiday budget, some of which may include: 

  • Stick to a list:  Impulse purchases involving items that do not appear on one’s list are a common cause of overspending and sticking to a list could help keep such issues at bay. 
  • Share concerns:  Those who worry that the holiday season may prove financially burdensome could also consider speaking with family and friends about the issue and finding ways to enjoy the season without going overboard with presents. 
  • Risks of using plastic:  While the idea of buying something with a credit card now and paying for it later may seem appealing, it might not always be easy to deal with the situation once monthly payments come due. 

While building up a holiday fund prior to entering the holiday season could also help stave off financial woes, such actions might not always be possible. 

Holiday shopping debt is one of many financial challenges that could wreak havoc on a person’s life. Individuals in Maryland who experience monetary hardships may wish to know more about how best to address the situation at hand, but they might not always know where to turn for guidance. When facing a similar situation, a person could benefit from speaking with an attorney for advice in choosing the best path with which to seek relief and assistance in navigating every step of the process.