LEE COUNTY, Fla.-- The holiday shopping season is underway and we have some tips for you to stay on track with your spending.
Local financial professional, James Gallagher, says this is the season for blowing the budget.
The average extra spending during the holidays exceeds $1,500, and for many families the number is higher.
Gallagher says gift giving can be uncomfortable because people will spend money for gifts they can't afford.
You should make a plan and a list. You should also have a conversation with family and friends about gift spending limits.
Gallagher says people not only spend money on gifts, they also spend on wrapping, shipping, food and drinks.
His last tip is to make sure money worries don't ruin the holiday season.
For more financial advice, go to Waterstone Financial.