Making the Holidays Meaningful

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Growing up, I always spent every holiday with my family. Not a Christmas went by that we didn’t gather around the tree, decorate together, or go shopping for the perfect gifts. Project Eve Money Fotolia_21319695_XS Making the Holidays Meaningful   However, since getting married, my husband and I have traveled all across the country. That leaves very little time to spend with my family during the holiday season. My mom is now decorating alone and presents rarely get wrapped until the day before Christmas. For someone that loves the holidays as much as I do, it leaves me feeling a little sad that I can’t be there with my family.

Even though getting married has left me hours from my family, that doesn’t mean we don’t still make Christmas our one time out of the year that we all get together. Part of what makes the holidays so special is that I can finally see everyone at once. Friends, family, extended relatives, and now, my in-laws. For me, the holidays mean family. Although shopping for the perfect gift is important, seeing the look on family’s face when they open it is where the true reward is.

SunTrust Makes it Easy to Plan for the Holidays

However, even though the holidays are my favorite part of the year, planning for them isn’t always easy. With over 30 gifts to buy just for my family (not including my husband) and traveling almost 8 hours home and between families, we usually need an extra $1,000 around the holidays to make it all work. For us, that isn’t easy.

SunTrust helps give us peace of mind knowing we have saved and budgeted enough to get us to the new year. The holiday planning guide is perfect for helping me plan ahead for theProject Eve Money Fotolia_21319695_XS Making the Holidays Meaningful   Project Eve Money Fotolia_68635215_XS Making the Holidays Meaningful   expensive holiday season. According to the National Retail Federation, people spend an average of $800 during the holiday season, but getting a jumpstart can make that money seem a lot less ominous. The Holiday Planning Guide helps reduce the stress of the holidays by giving a plan for how and when to spend money. From saving all year long to choosing Black Friday sales to get the best bang for my buck, I know I can get the perfect gift and still be able to enjoy my family during the holidays without worrying about the money.

Planning Ahead makes Shopping Easy

Before I go to the mall or to the local shops to find gifts, I always consult the SunTrust Budget Planning Guide. Not only can I put in how much I anticipate to spend, but it helps me see how much I can spend on each family member to still stay under budget. I love being able to spoil my husband during the holidays, and by budgeting my gifts during the year, I’m able to really purchase the perfect present for under the tree.

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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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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.