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Save Big on Christmas: Swap Christmas Decor with Friends

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Buying Christmas decorations every year gets expensive! But you don’t have to spend any money on your Christmas decorations this year—just take out what you have from last year! But sometimes keeping it for years and years can get boring. It’s likely that your friends have a bunch of old Christmas decorations that they want to get rid of. Pick a weekend afternoon a few weeks in advance and invite all your friends over to your place! Tell them to {Read More}

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Save Big On Christmas: Create Gift Baskets

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Gift baskets are the perfect Christmas gift—they require thoughtfulness and planning and don’t require a deep wallet! Lots of stores even have gift basket “kits” you can buy. You buy a basket, go through the store and pick out items to fill the basket, and then get a discount on the whole gift basket when you pay! The whole present is usable, which is awesome for gift recipients. The baskets can be used for shopping, holding makeup, or decoration. You {Read More}

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Save Big On Christmas: Use Kohls Coupons for Freebies

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Do you have a Kohl’s in your area?  If you do you know that you are pretty much “bombarded” with coupons from them. I don’t really like the Kohl’s strategy of mark up everything sky high only to bring it down to a normal price with sales much, but that said, getting all those coupons is fun. They often have $5 or $10 off pretty much ANY purchase coupons and this means you are going to be able to snag {Read More}

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Save Big on Christmas: Bake or Make Gifts

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It is still early but you might be starting to get anxious, wondering how you’re going to put aside enough money to buy all the Christmas gifts you have planned. First, makes sure you check out our whole series so far on 100 Days of Saving on Christmas. Then, instead of planning on spending a lot of money on Christmas gifts, save some money by making or baking gifts for people! When it comes down to it, Christmas is about {Read More}

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Save Big On Christmas: Make a Budget

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The number one rule of good finances is making—and sticking to—a budget. Do this for Christmas and you’ll be set! To start, list out the different areas of your Christmas budget: gifts, decorations, baking, and anything else you always spend money on. List a realistic amount that you are able to spend on each area of your budget. Keep track of the money you spend on Christmas items and list it on your budget. When you hit the amount you {Read More}

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100 Days of Christmas Savings: Day 100, Consider What is Really Important

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I think this is my biggest tip, Consider What is Really Important. We often get so wrapped up in gifts, holiday parties, business and “tradition” that we may let those things kind of take over our lives. Retailers push for Christmas to start very early so we will buy more and by the time we actually get to Christmas we are overspent and exhausted. Now that Christmas is tomorrow, sit down and take stock of your season. Did you love {Read More}

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