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The Money JAR Episode #6: Holiday Shopping: Keeping the Bounty and Budget Balanced

With the holiday season upon us and the pressure to give the perfect gifts welling up in the psyches of many Americans, it is easy (particularly while wandering the abundantly decked store aisles) to go overboard on holiday spending.  But what are the driving forces for our extravagant shopping tendencies and what legacies should we be passing along to our children around making rational consumer choices during the holidays?  Join in on the conversation as guest expert and clinical psychologist, Melanie Greenberg breaks down our collective rationalization for lavish holiday spending, while simultaneously introducing us to some alternate activities which will not only prove to be gentler on our pocketbooks, but will help us to foster thought provoking dialog within our families about the practice of giving and receiving.


Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., is a clinical and health psychologist with a private practice in Mill Valley, CA.  She specializes in helping clients and providers address the effects of life stress on relationships, self-care, health, career, and parenting. Dr. Greenberg applies her knowledge of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and Affect Regulation to promote growth and resilience. Born in South Africa, she came to the United States in 1986 to study Clinical Psychology at Stony Brook, University. She subsequently completed Postdoctoral study in Health Psychology at the City University of New York.  Dr. Greenberg  currently lives in California with her husband a elementary school aged daughter.

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Evan is a senior research analyst and principal at Pacific Crest, a top technology boutique investment bank. He leads the firm’s coverage of the Internet, social media and games. He was recognized in Institutional Investor‘s All-American Research Team in the leisure (2005, 2007-2010), software (2005, 2007-2011) and Internet (2011) categories. He frequently appears on CNBC and at industry conferences, and is often quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Evan graduated from Linfield College, where he studied finance and computer science and was an Academic All-American.

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engi-neering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He serves on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and plays trumpet.