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Dave’s Diary: Surprise Discovery Overspending Causes Stress


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The Halloween hangover, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the run up to Christmas/…no wonder November is National Stress Free Family Holiday Month. A recent FranklinCovey survey asking over 15,000 customers what causes them stress during the most wonderful time of the year and the number one answer was ..yup, spending too much money!

A whopping 87% admitted that holiday activities do cause stress, while 49% confessed to being relieved when it was all over.  SO how about you? Do you run with the herd when it comes to stress?  Here are the top 10 most stressful holiday activities in ranked order of most stressful to least stressful:

  1. Spending too much money
  2. Creating a specific holiday budget
  3. Deciding what gift to buy for whom
  4. Managing workload to take time off
  5. Not enough time to shop
  6. Not enough time for events
  7. Sending gifts and cards on time
  8. Taking care of physical well-being
  9. Relationships with family, friends and co-workers
  10. Decorating for or hosting a holiday party

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