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Make Christmas Shopping Affordable, Starting Now

This post is from regular contributor, Kyle James. He has some great tips on saving money on holiday shopping! I remember it like it was yesterday, driving around in the pouring rain looking for a place to park at the mall. It was December 23rd, and like the young fool that I was, I hadn’t done any of my Christmas shopping and was forced to brave the elements. The elements being the weather, the cranky sales people who wanted to go home, the long lines filled with kids who wouldn’t stop whining about wanting a Snickers, and of course the “full retail” price tags. I knew then there had to be a better way and over the years I have developed a more stress-free and cheaper strategy for doing my holiday shopping. Here are my seven favorites tips. 1. Make A List and Budget This is obviously the first place to start your Christmas gift buying. Write down everyone you are planning on buying for and set a budget you are comfortable with for each person. This is going to be your go-to piece of paper to make sure you don’t end up with a surprise credit card bill in ...

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“Twas The Week Before Christmas”

This is a guest post. If you would like to submit a guest post, please read this policy and contact me. AKA (Holy Cow! I have to buy what?) I know, it seems that Christmas always ‘sneaks up on people’.  The funny thing is, Christmas is the same time every year.  So what winds up happening is that thing called ‘Life’.  Other priorities, other “Gotta Do’s” gotta get done and like the old saying goes “If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done”.  But before you go out doing that last minute Christmas Shopping, stop and think not just about what needs to be done this week, but let’s take a second and plan for next year and add some thoughts about what to do for this year. Odds are, if you’re reading this, (Thank you Kim, BTW) you have at least a passing interest in keeping an ‘Eye on the Dollar’.  In the hopes of keeping you from spending much more than you need at the last minute, let’s do two things in the few minutes we have together. 1.  Take stock of our ‘needs’ and ‘wants’. Of course it’s easy for me to say that, because we ...

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