We have all been there.  We start the holiday season with a plan, a budget, and a list.  Then we see an ad or walk into a store.  It can be easy to justify the little extra but what if you could have an awesome Christmas AND stay with your spending plan?


About Our Guest

Sarah VanHoose is the owner of Journey to Influence, an online coaching business focused on helping busy working Mommas get a handle on ALL.THE.THINGS starting with personal finance. Sarah has been a busy, working Mom herself and made it through to the other side of frantic and frazzled days with financial stress, to now having a bit more balance and a lot more financial freedom.  Now she’s helping other motivated women achieve those same results of financial peace and tackling big goals.  Sarah is a Certified Financial Coach through Dave Ramsey’s Master Training, and also holds a degree in Business from Washington State University.

She has nearly 20 years of experience leading large teams in a healthcare organization and more recently flipped the switch to coaching to help make a real impact for other women, all while soaking up more time with her family.  Sarah and her husband James live in Portland, Or with their two daughters; Jordan and Harper. They enjoy camping at the lake on summer weekends, skiing in the winter, and taking great family adventures often. Be sure to ask her about that big dream of moving to Mexico soon!

Tips From The Show

One of the best times of the year…don’t get sucked in!

  1. Make your list and check it twice.
    1. Who do you want to buy for?
    2. Why?
    3. Set your budget.
    4. Accountability partner!
    5. Pay for it now, not later.
    6. Skip Black Friday and Cyber Monday – unless you have a plan.
  2. Don’t forget parties, events and activities.
    1. Vote on it.  Edit it.
    2. Plan for it!
  3. Memories matter.
    1. DIY is awesome.
    2. Gift of time is amazing.
    3. Calendar Adventures (new blog post going up 10/21 with free download worksheet)


Personal finances is 80% behavior and 20% head knowledge.

You don’t have to be a math whiz to thrive with your finances, just get focused.


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