July Challenge: Christmas in July

How to Budget for an All Cash Christmas

Did you know Christmas used to be celebrated for 12 days? (Hence the song.) Imagine that holiday bill. Twelve long days of presents, feasting, stocking stuffers, figgy pudding, indigestion and tinsel. Seriously. Seven swans a-swimming sounds like no small expense.

Though Christmas is technically now just the one day, your budget might feel like it’s still 12. The multiple celebrations and costs can really add up. If you wait until December to prep your money, you might feel like coal is your only option.

Avoid the coal. We’ve got six steps you can take to budget for an all cash Christmas. That way, after all’s said and done on December 25, you’ll be sitting in a pile of wrapping paper and memories, not debt. Because the world may tell you charging all those gifts then paying them off well into March is normal—but buck the norm. After all, Rudolph was weird, and he saved Christmas.

If you want a legit perfect ending to a perfect day, start now, start here:

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How to Save $1,000 by Christmas

How to Save $1,000 by Christmas

We’re a little more than four months away from the thick of the holiday shopping season—and we want you to enjoy spending money at Christmas, not stress over it! The good news is, if you start saving now, you can have $1,000 ready to spend in December.

It doesn’t take a Christmas miracle to save $1,000 for gifts and decorations—it just takes a plan. When you set a goal and come up with a strategy to get there, you’ll see just how easy it is to save. Here are four steps to putting $1,000 away before there’s even a chill in the air.

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A Look at Fourth of July By the Numbers

A Look at Fourth of July By the Numbers

In most of the world, July 4 is just another day.

But here in America, it’s the celebration of the most significant event in our country’s history—its independence.

As you’re getting in the American spirit this week and preparing to celebrate for the big day, you’ll appreciate this quick glimpse at some important (or not so important) numbers surrounding the Fourth of July.

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