USU professor offers tips on how not to overdose on Christmas shopping

As the nightmare of budgeting and Christmas shopping draws near, Utah State University Extension Associate Professor, Amanda Christensen has tips to help prevent overdose shopping. Christensen has a blog, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account to rescue moms dealing with budget woes.

Amanda Christensen has created a blog, a Twitter account and Facebook page so people can use whatever avenue they are comfortable with to follow her.

Her Blog is “Utah Money Mom, Real Life Money Smarts,”

“My tip for Christmas shopping is too plan a full day of power shopping,” she said. “Feed your kids well, leave them home with someone, and do all your shopping in one day.”

No one likes shopping and fighting crowds, so try to visit every store on your list during your power shopping trip, she said.

“It’s not what the stores want. They want you to go to Pre-Black Friday sales, then again on Black Friday, and come again after Black Friday sales,” she said.  “The more times they can get you in their store, the more money you’ll spend.”

Christensen said there may be more shopping to be done, but the less you go into a store, the less you will spend.

The Morgan based extension agent has been blogging since 2009 and been interviewed by radio, television and newspapers for family finance expertise. Christensen just introduced her new blog, Utah Money Mom, Real Life Money Smarts.

“We’ve created the blog, a Twitter account and Facebook so people can use whatever avenue they are comfortable with to follow us,” she said. “We started using the digital formats because we think that is where the next generation of patrons are.”

She said they have some great interaction with people, and good comments on Facebook live.

“It’s fun to be interactive,” Christensen said. “We are all over the state and that’s our goal, to provide education all over Utah. That’s who we serve.”

Christensen is also the 4-H Youth and County Director in Morgan County.

Christensen graduated from Utah State University with Bachelor’s Degree in Family Finance (2008) and a Master’s Degree in Consumer Science (2010). During her Master’s degree, she researched the positive financial habits of couples in great marriages.

She was hired as an Extension Associate Professor in 2015.Christensen’s Morgan County Workshop Series deals with topics like finances, cooking, nutrition, canning and food preservation, relationship skills, money habits etc. Amanda enjoys enabling individuals and families to make sound money decisions. Check out her website:


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