If the upcoming holiday season is already making you anxious, you’re not alone.
According to the 2015 Consumer Reports Holiday Poll, 26 percent of those surveyed suffer anxiety over shopping for gifts, while 64 percent dread the crowds and long lines that accompany the holiday season and 32 percent feel stressed over debt. In another survey from the American Psychology Association, 44 percent of women are more likely to report an increase in holiday-related stress than men, with 51 percent citing that they feel pressure to give or get gifts, and 69 percent citing both the lack of time and the lack of money.
While those figures are discouraging, there is a convenient and unique resource you may be overlooking for end-of-year gift giving. We typically think about our health insurance as the card we carry in our wallets and only use when we’re at the doctor’s office, but it turns out that your insurance card can also save you money and give you a stress-free shopping experience.
Through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Blue365 online deals program, shoppers can find savings on a variety of unique and diverse health and wellness gifts from top national retailers. The Blue365 Deals program, available to members of participating Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies across the country, provides a trusted, convenient resource to get exclusive deals that help BCBS members take control of their health and personal well-being.
Some of the Blue365 health and wellness services and products available are:
* Fitness Memberships
* Nutrition products
* Fitness gear
* Wearable fitness trackers
* Lasik eye surgery
* Hearing aids
Enrollment is free and exclusive to members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies that have agreed to offer this voluntary program as a complimentary member benefit.
So, this holiday season, find affordable gift ideas, great convenience and a way to start the New Year in good health through Blue365.
To see if your Blue Cross and Blue Shield company participates in the Blue365 program, please visit www.Blue365deals.com.
About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 106 million members – one in three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit www.BCBS.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog for up-to-date information about BCBSA.