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How to Cut Back on Your Holiday “To Do” List and Save Money Too

How to Cut Back on Your Holiday “To Do” List and Save Money Too

The holidays are a wonderful time of year. There is this special atmosphere or holiday spirit that goes along with all the pretty lights and decorations as well as holiday goodies we all enjoy. But preparing for the holidays takes a lot of extra time and work. There are gifts to buy and wrap, decorations to put up, holiday foods to make, parties to attend, and many other things that go along with the season. When your list of tasks is long and your time is short it can leave you feeling overwhelmed. But there are a few ways you can cut back on your holiday “to do” list and save money too. Place a Limit on How Many Gifts You Buy When you read magazine or blog articles about holiday gift etiquette you may see advice about giving to everyone from your boss and coworkers to hairdressers, dentists, eye doctors, mail deliverers, your children’s teachers, Boy Scout leaders, and more. If you took this gift giving advice your list would be nearly never ending. In fact, Christmas has gotten so commercialized that it’s nearly ridiculous. My advice is to place a limit on what you buy and who you ...

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Should You Give Your Kids Cash for Christmas?

Should You Give Your Kids Cash for Christmas?

Christmas is supposed to be one of the most wonderful times of the year. When we celebrate it the way it should be celebrated, it is. However, many people feel that it is becoming so commercialized it is more about spending money than anything else. Of course, for retail stores it appears to be more about making money. So how do you give good gifts to your kids for Christmas without going broke? Should you give your kids cash for Christmas instead? Kids Like Cash Unless they are very young and have absolutely no understanding of money at all, most kids like cash. There is just something about getting money that lights them up. I think it is because of all of the possibilities it holds. They can use it right away on something frivolous or save it toward a larger purchase. You May Spend Less Giving Cash Rather than spending anywhere from $30 to $50 on each gift, and buying several, you may be able to spend less. For example, give each child a set amount, such as $100 and let them choose how to spend it. But another reason it may cost you less is in the wrapping. ...

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Best Things to Give for Gifts on a Budget

When the holidays are just around the corner, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with purchasing gifts for everyone. Even just buying gifts for a few people can quickly become expensive, especially if you don’t have a large budget to work with. The holidays are rough on budgets for many families, but it’s possible to give memorable gifts no matter what your money situation is like. Sometimes the best gifts given are the ones that you put the most thought into, not money. Discount Gift Cards Gift cards make a great present for just about any occasion because it allows the person receiving the gift to use it however they please. There are a variety of ways you can find discounted cards, helping you save money. If you decide to purchase a gift card for a loved one, make sure it’s a store you know they shop at frequently. Target gift cards are popular because many people shop at Target and there are so many different types of items to buy there. Grocery store gift cards also can make someone’s day because everyone buys groceries and gift cards can help them save money at the grocery store. Baked Goods Just about ...

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6 Things to Include in Your Holiday Party Budget

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Just about everybody loves a good party. If you are planning one for either Christmas or New Year’s this year, you might be wondering what things to include in your holiday party budget that will make your party a smash hit! Taking time to make a plan, and a budget, for your holiday party will ensure you don’t go over board with spending during the expensive holiday season. Plus, it’ll help you avoid forgetting things that you’ll have to run and grab at the last minute. It’s a win-win! Here are 6 things you should include in your holiday party budget. 1 Food It isn’t a party if you don’t have great food. Make sure you plan your menu ahead of time and don’t wait until the last minute to do your grocery shopping. I was once forced to change my holiday menu because the only grocery store in my small town was out of a critical ingredient I needed for one of the food items I had been planning. If some of the ingredients you need are canned or boxed you might be able to pick them up a couple of weeks early when they are on sale and ...

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

snowy day in Colorado

Instead of financial wisdom today, I thought I’d give everyone a little time off from personal finance to reflect. Looking back on 2015, I’m very blessed and happy to have great family and friends, our health, a safe home, the ability to earn income that provides for our needs, and the freedom to live in a country where we have so many choices and opportunities. Change in Holiday Plans The big news at our house this week is that my parents, who were coming for Christmas for the first time ever, won’t able to make it due to some lingering health issues. While we are all disappointed, it was probably for the best. Southwest Colorado is getting pounded with snow that isn’t expected to let up until after Christmas. I’m not sure how happy anyone’s holidays would have been with family stuck somewhere in an airport! To make up for the lack of company, we decided to foster a dog. Originally, we were going to wait until after the new year, but when we saw Hazel, we knew she needed to spend the holidays with us. Hazel is probably about a year old and some sort of rez dog mix. ...

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