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How to Save Money on Holiday Baking

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the holiday season officially begins. If one of your seasonal traditions includes baking delicious homemade treats to share with friends and family, you know how expensive it can be. Fortunately, with some strategic planning and shopping, you can cut the costs of holiday baking and still create mountains of ...


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Minimize Holiday Stress to Spend Less

At first glance, it may be hard to see the relationship between holiday stress and your spending. But the connection is definitely there. The pressure to do it all and do it well during the holidays can leave us feeling like worn-out underachievers. We think that spending on that one extra gift or blowing the budget on a last-minute bash will make ...


free babysitting one of many holiday gifts that don't cost money

6 Holiday Gifts that Don’t Cost Money

Maybe you’re dealing with an extremely tight budget. Or maybe you’d like to minimize the consumerism the holidays bring. Whatever your reasons, there are times when you need or want to give a gift without spending any money. But is that even possible in today’s world of one-click purchases and same-day delivery? Absolutely! Here are 6 ideas f...


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Use the Holidays to Teach Kids About Money

With holiday ads already flooding the airwaves the seasonal madness has arrived. Whether you’re a can’t-get-enough-of-Christmas person or a dedicated Festivus fan, you might be surprised to learn that the holidays are actually a perfect time to teach kids about money and personal finances.      The season is full of teachable moments you ...