Last year, the average American who took on new debt during the holidays came out an additional $1,054 in the red. Most of those who took on new debt didn’t plan to and weren’t able to pay it off for the next several months, if at all. Obviously, that’s not ideal: unexpected debt can lead to increased stress and decreased financial flexibility.
To set the stage for a zero-debt holiday season this year (and to give yourself a good shot at a debt-free 2019), do these seven things today. Read the tips at 5 On Your Side