Christmas Spending Personality #2 – The Grinch

Just as there are as many “characters” in our families as there are members of them, there are various spending personalities that surface during the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately, most of them tend to involve impulse spending, overspending, entitlement spending (think, “I deserve a dinner out after shopping all day”), sales spenders (never met a sale they didn’t like), and/or justified spender (think, “this is for a good cause so I’m going all out”).

Let’s see if you recognize yourself in the Christmas Spending Personalities that I’m profiling this Christmas season.

Here’s Christmas Spending Personality #2:

Grinch Spending PersonalityThe Grinch

Like Ebenezer Scrooge from my most recent post, the Grinch is a reformed Christmas-hater who gets very little credit for his transformation. He differs from Ebenezer, though in that he ends up not only loving Christmas but thriving on being the center of attention (think, carving the “roast beast”).

You might be Grinch the Christmas Spender care little for the noise and commercialism of Christmas, would like to toss all the frivolous Christmas toys and  trinkets up the chimney, but you look forward year-after-year to spending time with loved ones at Christmas parties, playing games with the tots, and singing carols at the top of your lungs (even if you don’t have much of a caroling voice). You tend to spend money on Christmas activities rather than on things.

Christmas Tip: Be careful not to feed the monster within. It’s easy for Grinches to think that being the center of attention shows off their Christmas spirit. Don’t forget to let others share the spotlight as well, especially any aspiring Grinchlets in the home.

Have a healthy and happy Christmas season! Happy holidays to all as we strive to make it magical without breaking the bank.

Todd Christensen-Author of Everyday Money for Everyday People, Todd ChristensenTodd Christensen
Everyday Money for Everyday People

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  1. Pingback: Holiday cheer is what you make of it. « Dancing with Fireflies

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