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Couples holiday spending

Thursday, December 08, 2011

It's supposed to be a time of year when everyone's happy, but factor in the economy, shopping and gift decisions, the holidays can take a toll on couples.

A survey from the couples website, the-nest-dot-com found: 69 percent of couples said they create a budget together at the start of the season, but 73 percent of women said they do the bulk of the holiday shopping. Forty-two percent of women said they wish their spouse would do more to help during the holidays. And couples that seemed the most stress-free were the ones making a team effort.

They go out with a mentality of this is what we are buying and this is how much we are spending. They don't shop for themselves but they shop for everyone on their list.

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And when it comes to that list, one group in particular seems to cause stress.

Stress comes primarily from the in-laws according to couples.

Sixty-two percent of women surveyed said their in-laws are the most difficult people to shop for. So perhaps men should shop for their family, and women for theirs, to take some stress out of the mix.

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