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What steps are you taking to manage your credit through the holiday season?

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Re: THIS WEEK: What steps are you taking to manage your credit through the holiday season?

Cash only for me.    I have paid off all of my credit cards and I am debt free except for my car payment.   I have a good payment history and my score remains at 698.   Just can't seem to break the 700 mark.  I am afraid that if I use my credit cards my score will go down.  
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Re: THIS WEEK: What steps are you taking to manage your credit through the holiday season?

As for my children, probably 90% of their shopping is done. Was done with cash between December 26th last year and now.

 

The other 10% will be paid for with cash or the Target card.

 

As for extended family(siblings, inlaws, nieces, nephews-all 28 of them), we will likely just have a big dinner at my MIL's house.

 

 

Message Edited by sidewinder on 11-07-2008 09:42 AM
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Re: THIS WEEK: What steps are you taking to manage your credit through the holiday season?

Christmas is for children, give gifts to the children only. Adults should be beyond this. It is ridiculous what some people spend on Christmas. Also, people need to differentiate between wants and needs. We all want things we don't need. If you only get what you need, you will be much better off financially.   
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Re: THIS WEEK: What steps are you taking to manage your credit through the holiday season?

To be honest, I don't plan to buy anything for myself and just little presents (under $30) for my mom and brother.  I got myself into a little debt after quitting my job and not finding another until 3 months later and now I have two and my Christmas present is to get myself out of the  debt.
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Re: THIS WEEK: What steps are you taking to manage your credit through the holiday season?

Cash-only, as usual. We got into a bit of a habit the past two years of supplementing cash with a bit extra on the AAFES card, but we won't do it this year.

 

For the first time ever, DH is in a job that gets a Xmas bonus, so we'll be using the cash bonus only, and any extra money will pay down the CCs even more. I can't think of a better gift than a FICO boost, anyway!

 

We have never been into huge Christmases. DH & I don't buy for each other at all. But w/ six children, plus a new SO and the first grandchild on the way, even our "small" Christmas can cost a pretty penny! Smiley Surprised

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Re: THIS WEEK: What steps are you taking to manage your credit through the holiday season?

OPM - Other People's Money

 

I've filed a request with the OBS - Office of Bailout Supervision

 

Message Edited by Noah_Bodie on 11-10-2008 03:18 PM
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Re: THIS WEEK: What steps are you taking to manage your credit through the holiday season?

We are "sharing" a gift instead of purchasing lots of stuff. We chose from our needs list and are tucking away the money to make the purchase, so it will be cash only. We don't use credit cards except for Home Depot and Target, and only for minimal purchases.
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Re: THIS WEEK: What steps are you taking to manage your credit through the holiday season?

Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum but would like to add my reply. I will be doing the Christmas shopping for my wife and 2 young daughters. I put suprise concert tickets (Brad Paisley) on my credit card but for the remainder of the Christmas gifts it will only be cash. We have done this for years and we have never gone into any debt to speak of for Christmas.
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Message 28 of 47
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Re: THIS WEEK: What steps are you taking to manage your credit through the holiday season?

 We are dept free of everything but medical bills. We will not be buying many Christmas presents this year since we have little extra money on hand.

 As for cc's we have none so we won't be tempted to use them.

 I will make a special trip to see my mother sometime in December, since she had surgery about a month ago.

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Re: THIS WEEK: What steps are you taking to manage your credit through the holiday season?

I wish I had done the same last year by opening a christmas savings account at my local bank.  I completely got sidetracked and forgot.  but I did open one yesterday, so I'l be set for next christmas.

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Current Score: TU 603 EQ 582
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