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christmas-shoppingWith Christmas soon approaching, many of us are busy preparing for our favorite time of the year. Data shows that American consumers plan to spend over $1,000 each on Christmas gifts this year–$936 on gifts to others and $140 in gifts for themselves.

No matter what your income or what kind of budget you’re working with, that’s a lot of money. Personal Capital has published a list of seven strategies should help you manage your holiday budget to make it a little lighter on the wallet:

  1. Make a Budget & Get Online
  2. Quit Buying For Family & Friends You Don’t See
  3. Give Cash Or Gift Cards
  4. Opt Out Of Gift Exchanges
  5. Keep Track Of All Holiday Spending
  6. Search for Coupon Codes & Sales
  7. Use Credit With Care

Read the article “7 Holiday Shopping Tips That Will Save You Money” for details on these 7 tips.