National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
The holiday season is a magical time of year! The holiday
decorations, family gatherings and festive atmosphere are perfect for
creating new memories! It can also be a challenging time of year if we
find ourselves stressing over finances and holiday expenses. Effectively
communicating about financial matters with partners and family members
is particularly important during the holiday season. The Resource Center’s Virtual Training Center
offers a number of free courses on healthy relationship skills
including communication and financial education. Discussing a holiday
budget and clarifying family expectations for gift giving in advance can
reduce financial stress. With a little creativity, the holidays can be
filled with joyful memories without straining relationships or finances.
We hope the tips and resources offered below will help you and the
families you serve have a meaningful low-stress
Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season from the Resource Center Team,
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
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Here are five money saving tips for the holidays:
- Draw names and set a spending limit: For large families
or groups of friends, put everyone’s name in a hat and have each person
pick one. That way, everyone gets a gift but each person only has to buy
one present and there is no confusion about prices.
- Shop for bargains: Gifts can take up a major portion of a
holiday budget but there are savings to be found. Holiday specials are
everywhere in stores and online—plan ahead and always think about good
deals before you start your holiday shopping.
- Coupons for date nights: Present your partner with a
coupon for a date night at home. Save the cost of a baby sitter,
transportation, movie, and/or restaurant by exchanging babysitting
duties with a friend or relative, renting a movie or two, and picking up
interesting or different food from the grocery store.
- Beauty parties: Gather girlfriends for a fun night of
home facials and manicures instead of giving gifts. You’ll all save
money, have fun and be ready for holiday parties and events!
- Low-cost holiday activities: Check out your local
community calendar for events, performances and activities that the
whole family can enjoy. Also consider volunteering your time to a local
organization. Get a group of family members or friends involved and
start a new tradition.
Learn more about saving and spending on the Resource Center tip sheet, Strategies for Helping Couples Build and Manage Assets.
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
has collected more than 800 materials in a variety of formats
including fact sheets, research-to-practice briefs, brochures,
pamphlets, training resources, program reports or evaluations, and
Select the links below to view our featured December resources:
- Healthy Relationships and Financial Management: What’s the Connection (Webinar)
This webinar discussed why financial management is a critical
healthy marriage and relationship skill. It explored useful tools and
resources to help clients build assets and increase financial literacy,
and discussed ways to help clients use these tools to increase
self-sufficiency and strengthen relationships.
- Strategies for Helping Couples Build and Manage Assets (Tip Sheet)
This Resource Center tip sheet highlights some of the mechanisms
that low- and moderate-income couples can use to build assets and begin
the journey to becoming debt free.
- Money Mechanics: Communication (Library Resource)
Poor communication about money often is the root of financial
problems in families. This publication, developed by Iowa State
University Extension, provides tips for couples on communicating about
and resolving conflict around financial matters. It includes information
on setting rules, how to talk about money, and identify money problems.
The Resource Center's Events Calendar
offers a listing of Resource Center events and other national,
regional, and community-wide events that might be of interest. Upcoming
Health Insurance, Health Care, and Behavior among Children of
Immigrants on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST:
On December 11, 2014 the Self Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse will
feature this term’s Emerging Scholar, Dr. Julia Gelatt in the Health
Insurance, Health Care, and Behavior among Children of Immigrants
Webinar. During this Webinar, Dr. Gelatt will explore ways that parents’
and children’s immigration status (US-born, legal immigrant, or
undocumented immigrant) affects children’s lives.
- 2015 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness in San Diego, CA, February 19-20, 2014:
The Conference will focus on strategies to end family and youth
homelessness, including rapid re-housing and family intervention, as
well as the development of a crisis response system and coordinated
entry process, retooling transitional housing, the role of mainstream
programs, and federal policy goals for Congress. Attendees and speakers
will include national experts on family and youth homelessness. Come to
San Diego, CA this February to learn about what is working, share your
successes, and meet others who are diligently working to end
homelessness in America. The Resource Center will be exhibiting at this
Feedback and Technical Assistance:
If you have suggestions or wish to speak with a Resource Center staff member, please
contact us and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to
request Technical Assistance, please submit a Training and Technical Assistance
Request Form and our Technical Assistance Coordinator will contact you.
To learn more about the Resource Center visit us at www.healthymarriageandfamilies.org
The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
service providers as they integrate healthy marriage and relationship
education skills into service delivery systems as part of a
comprehensive, culturally appropriate, family-centered approach designed
to promote self-sufficiency.