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How to Spend Less at Christmas

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Release Date: 11/22/2019

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The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Like audio books? You'll love today's episode. Today I'm reading to you the Introduction to my new book Is the Voice in My Head God or Just Me?  Learn the story behind my 25-year study of Scripture to understand if and how God speaks to people, as well as what to expect and what not to expect in this new study. 

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The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

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You know I love me some tips and tricks and balance hacks. But the most beneficial thing I can teach you to help you achieve and maintain balance now and for the rest of your life is how to hear the voice of God. He alone can tell you what you should be focusing on and what you can lay down for a season or forever. He alone can give you the peace you are seeking. This is Part 1 of a new series based on my newest book, Is the Voice in My Head God or Just Me?

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I have so much to tell you. The short version is this: we are moving our family from Louisville KY back to Jacksonville FL and I’ll be taking a break from the podcast while we are making that transition. For the more detailed version—complete with lists and humor and Bible verses—which you’ve come to expect from The Balanced MomCast--listen in.

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Five years ago, I had a conversation with a mom friend. She told me about an interaction she witnessed between another mom (whom she didn’t know) and a teen. My friend was appalled at how the other mom responded to her teen. After that conversation, I opened up my laptop and wrote a letter to this anonymous mom. I never intended to share it with that mom, necessarily, but knew I was supposed to share it someday with some mom. Well, today is the day and you are that mom.  

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Most women begin down the road of people-pleasing with pure motives. We don’t start by saying, “I’m going to choose the will of other people over God’s will for me.” We start out thinking we are obeying God. We are trying to be nice, trying to serve, trying to keep the peace. Often by the time we realize what we are dealing with, we are so deep into it we don’t know how to break free. If you feel stressed, conflicted, resentful, or unbalanced, people-pleasing may be the culprit.

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My favorite childhood game was a game called Perfection. The object of the game was to fit all the little geometric pieces in their proper place before time runs out. If you didn’t, the whole game exploded and the pieces flew everywhere. For those of us who struggle with Perfectionism, this is how we feel every day—pressured to get everything in place just so or the whole thing explodes in our face. If you are a perfectionist or you love someone who is, this episode is for you.

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Last week some of you participated in a listener survey where I asked what brings you the most anxiety during the holidays. Your number one answer? Finances. You said you had too many gifts to buy and not enough money. You said you didn’t know how to cut back or where to start. So, this week that’s precisely what we will discuss: Creative ways to spend less this Christmas.

The biggest takeaway from this episode:

Balance is the art of knowing when to say no and when to say yes. When you say no to something you’re actually saying yes to something else. By saying no to overspending this Christmas, you will be saying yes to less anxiety. By saying no to going into debt for Christmas gifts in 2019, you are saying yes to an anxiety-reduced 2020. By saying “no” to the trap of materialism and consumerism—to things that the Bible warns are temporary and fleeting and meaningless, you are saying yes to freedom and things that are eternal and meaningful.

NEVER GO INTO DEBT TO BUY CHRISTMAS GIFTS. THAT BLESSES ABSOLUTELY NO ONE!

The best thing you can do is start setting aside money now for Christmas 2020.

3 Ways to Spend Less:

  1. You can make extra money.  For a frazzled mom, the best way to make money is to sell some stuff (win-win, because you will also have a decluttered space!)
  2. You can reallocate the money you have.
    • Look for things to cancel, suspend, cut back on, even temporarily.
    • Don't send Christmas cards.
    • Use old gift cards you have on hand. 
  3. You can reduce the amount you spend
    • Spend less per gift
    • Buy fewer gifts for kids
    • Buy for fewer people
  4. Look for free ways to enjoy the holiday
  5. Take a year off--explain to your friends and family that you don't have the money this year. They will understand. 

For a giant list of gift ideas--all under $25, visit The Scoop on Balance.

If you are in debt, I highly recommend Dave Ramsey. 

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