Making the Holidays More Meaningful! {Holiday Budget Tool and More}

How do YOU make the holidays more meaningful?

Can you believe it’s the holiday season already? It’s not Thanksgiving yet, but we are reminded every time we walk into a store now that Christmas is upon us.

As we get older, we get wiser. We realize that the most meaningful things are rarely “things”. They’re moments. They’re family. They’re memories. But when the stress of the holidays sets in, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos.

This season, let’s decide to make the holidays mean more. NOW is the time to start!

#holidaymeans saving

Did you know, according to the National Retail Federation, the average American planned to spend about $800 celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas and/or Kwanzaa last year?

As you probably already know, we love helping you save money on the gifts you want to give and more. Holiday shopping deals are so fun! It becomes a lot less fun if you spend more than you want to though, so it is always important that you set a budget that makes sense to you and keep yourself on track! Here’s a holiday budget tool for you to use.

#holidaymeans family

Over the holidays, it’s easy to lose sight of what matters. Let’s change that.

My family is the most important thing to me, so I love the opportunity to get everyone together and appreciate all that we have together. People and relationships are important – let’s cherish them, make things right, whatever we need to do to appreciate each other during the time we have together.

#holidaymeans memories

It’s not how much you spend that makes the holidays special, it’s how you spend them.

I think family holiday traditions are some of the best ways to create memories together. The traditions can be as simple as a certain favorite food that is always served, singing songs together, doing something together that benefits someone else, etc. Some traditions just happen, but others take a little preparation and thought beforehand. It is worth thinking about. What traditions would you like to have as part of your family holiday celebrations?

Let go of the stress and allow yourself to celebrate what the holiday really means to you! Take a moment to look over this Holiday Planning Guide – it is full of simple ways to enjoy this holiday season, make it more meaningful, and save money while you’re at it.

The holidays are for focusing on moments that matter. But for many Americans, financial stress can get in the way. This year, you can make small changes that make a big difference for your financial well-being.

In this holiday planning guide, you’ll find tips for getting organized and making a plan for holiday spending so you can feel confident in your ability to stay on track with your budget. You’ll see how other Americans are shopping, traveling, celebrating and giving in ways that make the holidays cost less, but mean more.

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For more holiday planning advice visit  holiday resources

Meaningful spending made easy with a budgeting tool to help you make a plan and stay on track with your holiday spending.  Download here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.