Survey: Southlanders among least-stressed by Christmas
Did you set a tighter budget this year for Christmas?
Poll: A nationwide survey shows Southland is among the least financially stressed regions in the lead-up to Christmas.
But budget advisers say it is after Christmas when the stress kicks in.
A MasterCard-commissioned survey, conducted online among 1012 Kiwis aged between 18 and 64, shows Christchurch is the most financially stressed region followed by Waikato.
The least-stressed region, which Southland and Otago are one above, is Tasman/Nelson/Marlborough.
Southland budget advisers said Southlanders were more stressed after Christmas rather than before.
Jubilee Budget Advisory Service manager Simon Tierney said some of the post-Christmas stresses included having spent too much money for Christmas and missed bills.
With less than a month to go till Christmas, Mr Tierney suggested people be honest with friends and family about what they could afford if they had not already saved money for the season.
People could also sell unwanted items around the house.
He also reminded people to set goals for planning next year's Christmas.
Invercargill & Districts Budget Advisory Service co-ordinator Sonya Donnelly agreed most people tended to be more stressed after Christmas.
Mrs Donnelly said if people had not saved for Christmas they should look for bargains.
MasterCard New Zealand country manager Peter Chisnall said the lead-up to Christmas was one of the most stressful times of the year when it came to managing finances.
"Most of us will do our best to spend within our means. But the realities are most people's expenditures rise in the lead-up to Christmas, so it's important they actively manage finances so they can enjoy the festive season rather than worrying about money."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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