How to Destress Holiday Shopping

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Experient Health highlights how to destress holiday shopping in its latest post in its Living Well Blog series.

Many times, holiday shopping turns what should be a happy, family-centered time into stress overload and debt. Shopping for gifts, food, decorations and even a new outfit for the holiday party adds up quickly.

Planning ahead, not taking the process too seriously and enjoying the little moments are a good start to changing the stress back into fun, wrote Experient Health in its latest post in its Blog series on Living Well. Experient Health is the health insurance arm of the Virginia Farm Bureau and uses its web site to help bring health education to the community.

The latest post addresses the most common stressors and how to prepare and combat them.

Big crowds.

"Perhaps you have convinced yourself that spending your holiday weekends at the mall is actually fun, but most people would rather not be caught in the chaos for too long," Experient Health wrote. "To avoid the massive holiday crowds, try shopping online for at least some of your purchases. Not only can you avoid the crowds, but most online stores allow you to ship right to your intended recipient, saving you the hassle of standing in long lines at the post office to mail gifts for out-of-town family and friends."

Last-minute rush.

"Plan ahead with a list of everyone you want to purchase a gift for, as well as a pre-planned menu that will take the guessing out of grocery shopping," Experient Health recommends. "Even if you do get caught in the stores at the last minute, having a list will help you navigate the crowds and resist the flashy sale items you don’t truly need."

To avoid returns and gift receipts, consider giving gifts of unique experiences.

"Instead of giving your niece yet another horse-themed sweater that doesn’t fit, give her a gift certificate for a horseback riding lesson," according to the post.

To avoid going over budget, shop throughout the year. It can help reduce spending by finding items during sales. Year-round shopping also spreads out the holiday expenses over 12 months instead of just one.

ABOUT EXPERIENT HEALTH:

For years, Experient Health, a Virginia Farm Bureau company, has helped people find the right insurance coverage and get the most for their health care dollars. The Richmond, Va.-based group is dedicated to providing high quality health insurance options to customers in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. As a result, its consultants, with an average of more than 20 years experience, are intimately familiar with the states’ provider networks, products and regulations.

Representing the top national insurance carriers, Experient Health provides customers with multiple policy options designed to meet wellness needs and financial requirements.

Experient Health grew out of Virginia Farm Bureau and is a “hometown agency” in that it operates a network of more than 100 offices. However, it boasts the resources and technology of larger firms.

Consultants are available online, via phone and through their offices.

Learn more at http://www.experienthealth.com, utilize the online health insurance quote calculator or contact a consultant directly at 855.677.6580.

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