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4 Tips to Manage Your Money this Holiday Season

4 Tips to Manage Your Money this Holiday Season

4 Tips to Manage Your Money this Holiday Season   

By Michael Lee

The holiday season is here. Busy calendars are already filling up with festive activities, celebrations and gatherings of families and friends. 

Improved economic conditions are expected to increase consumer spending. A recent national report shows that holiday shoppers plan to spend $1,440 for holiday expenses, and yet less than half plan to stick to a budget for holiday spending.[1]

‘Tis the season to shop and spend, but before you swipe that credit card—there are a few budgeting tips individuals and families should consider to ensure they manage their finances during the holiday rush.  

Celebrating New Year's Day

Though this isn't a local band, I believe any Sacramentan can surely appreciate this awesome New Year's Day song!

Check out our shared social media posts below and add your own!! 

Thanks to Hurts for a great song and for Kanal von EleonorePrinz for sharing this great video on youtube.

Strive for Strength offers great opportunity to teenage girls!

Strive for Strength offers great opportunity to teenage girls!

Strive for Strength is hosting a powerful daylong retreat April 14, which addresses some of the issues teenage girls are facing every day, such as family and friend relationships, bullying, social pressures and self-image.  

As part of the day's event, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to leaders, who will bring their own examples of empowerment and what it means to be a young woman today. Scheduled speakers/mentors are:

*Lauren Cook - a recent graduate from UCLA with a double major in communication studies and psychology, and the author of "The Sunny Side Up!", which focuses on gratitude and goal setting.

* Noelle Bean - a singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, who says she writes about real life and wants to inspire young people through her music.  

Oak Park Community Center: Teen Scene Program Avaliable to Local Youth

Oak Park Community Center: Teen Scene Program Avaliable to Local Youth

The Oak Park Community Center, located at 3415 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, is a place where all Oak park residents can come together.   One of its many community-oriented programs, called the Teen Scene, provides local teens the opportunity to spend time in a safe, enjoyable environment.   The Teen Scene is a free program for all local youth, available Monday through Friday, from

Family Financial Cents: I LOVE Saving!

Family Financial Cents: I LOVE Saving!

It’s been said that, “money doesn’t buy happiness, but it does buy choices” and choices can often create a more comfortable life. With CHOICES in mind, if I were to ask you what your heart’s desire was right now, what would you say? What choices would you truly like to be able to make if finances were not a concern?