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Hot Springs, Ark. – A quote from Ellen Swallow Richards says “The environment that
people live in is the environment that they learn to live in, respond to, and perpetuate.”
A person’s environment can have a powerful influence on behavior and certain situations
or stimuli can trigger certain responses. During the holiday season, these can cause
someone to engage in unhealthy practices, such as overspending. Are there ways to
overcome this and create a positive atmosphere for change? The experts say there
is and it is called “stimulus control.” One action you can take is avoidance. Simply
stay away from those things that cause temptation, such as shopping malls and store
circulars. Another action you can take involves reminders and warning signs. These
are similar to stop signs at busy intersections. An example would be to put your
credit cards “on ice.” Literally freeze your credit cards in a cup of water. The
amount of time it takes the credit card to thaw gives you time to fully evaluate a
purchase decision. If this seems unreasonable, put a note on the outside of your
credit card with a caution statement such as “Do you have the money to pay this back?”
A third recommendation is to make to-do lists and action steps. Here are a few suggestions
for those lists.
The holiday season is supposed to be a joyous time with family, friends, and fellowship.
It should not be a time of financial stress.
For more information, contact the Garland County Extension Office at 623-6841 or 922-4703,
email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.uaex.uada.edu.
Are you interested in joining an existing Extension Homemakers Club? EHC is the largest
volunteer organization in the state. For information on EHC call 623-6841 or 922-4703
or email email@example.com.
If you’re interested in becoming a Master Gardener and would like more information,
you’re welcome to attend their monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1pm at the Elks Lodge. You may also call the Extension
office on 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have several 4-H clubs for our Garland county youth who are 5 to 19 years old.
For more information on all the fun 4-H activities there are, call the Extension Office
at 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email Linda Bates at email@example.com.
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Media Contact: Jessica Vincent County Extension Agent - FCS
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