Credit Counselling Canada

Credit Counselling Canada

December 05, 2006 11:00 ET

Credit Counseling Canada: Planning Your Holiday Spending

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 5, 2006) -

Public Service Announcement

This holiday season, with a little planning ahead, you can avoid the holiday fatigue that many people experience once the bills start to arrive in January.

Just like Santa, make your list and check it twice, set your budget and then only buy for those on your list. Take the time to think about what the season really means to your family, set limits and be creative. When determining your budget and activities for the holiday season, ensure that all of your monthly re-occurring bills are up to date. Then use your surplus for your holiday spending.

There are many inexpensive ways to celebrate the holidays: host a potluck, participate in a carol sing or go sledding or skating, just to name a few. Be creative in your gift giving: homemade gifts and cards, cookie exchanges or offering to help someone with tasks at home are all ways to keep your spending under control.

If you do find that your bills in January are larger than expected, cut back on eating out, coffees on the go and other discretionary spending, and come see us for help.

For more budgeting and money management tips, visit Credit Counselling Canada at to locate the non-profit member agency nearest you. Members provide consumers with confidential counselling, debt management and education programs.

Contact Information

  • Credit Counselling Canada
    Western Canada:
    Scott Hannah
    (604) 527-8999 ext. 211
    Credit Counselling Canada
    Central Canada:
    Laurie Campbell
    (416) 228-3328 ext. 208
    Credit Counselling Canada
    Atlantic Canada:
    John Eisner
    (506) 633-3990