By Tim Kowols
It takes longer than just the couple weeks before Santa’s arrival to prepare for an expensive Christmas shopping season. The American Research Group estimates shoppers around the country spent an average of $983 on Christmas gifts last year, up over $50 from 2016. Being able to save up or spread out your purchases before the holidays could you help out your bottom line at the end of the year. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors suggests saving year round.
Pustaver says spending ahead of time can also help you save money so you are not rushed in to buying something above what you budgeted. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday interview with Gay Pustaver online with this story.