THE best and so not sexy Christmas presents that most people should be getting or gifting will never happen. It’s sad but true. The good news is that they’re not just presents for Christmas – they’re the most critical presents to give to yourself for the New Year – or year round. Here are three of them:
Term life insurance for your family: Over a third of families and more than a million people with kids do not have life insurance. It’s the biggest gift you can give to your family. Conversely, it’s the biggest hell you can put your family through if you pass away. Make sure you only get a term life policy of six to 10 times your annual earnings.
Give your spouse or yourself a cut-up credit card: You can’t keep doing damage with a cut-up card. If it’s a surprise, it’ll be a great conversation on Boxing Day. If you decide together as a couple, you’re well on the way to a very different life down the road.
The gift of the truth and being honest: USA Today had a survey that asked: Have you ever over-spent on buying a Christmas present? 46% said never. Are you kidding? Half the world has NEVER overspend a single dollar on any present for anyone? The gift of honesty is telling yourself that you can’t afford something, teaching your kids that money is a finite resource, and that they’ll start to hear the word “no” a lot more. And the truth to your parents or grandparents: You can’t afford the money to see them at Christmas next year, but they can come visit you. If you have kids, nothing is greater than Christmas with family, but three or four airline tickets at the most expensive time of the year is insanity while you’re in debt. They don’t have kids and come visit you – they’ve now got a year’s notice.