How to Avoid Holiday Impulse Buys

How to Avoid Holiday Impulse Buys

Remember last Christmas when you really hit your shopping stride? You had your wallet in one hand and 14 bags in the other.

You were having so much fun you spun ‘round and ‘round right there in the food court like Buddy the Elf. Fueled by the four food groups of cinnamon rolls, coffee, tacos, and Chinese food you shopped until you dropped. And boy, did you drop. Waking up from a sugar coma, you felt what we all feel after a day of holiday impulse buys: regret.

Overspending might have put you on the naughty list last year, but thankfully there’s room for everyone on the nice list this year. Follow our tips for avoiding impulse buys and you’ll be able to shop happily, give generously and best of all, sleep peacefully.

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Thanksgiving Weekend: 7 Tips for Spending Less Money and More Time Together

Thanksgiving Weekend: 7 Tips for Spending Less Money and More Time Together

There’s just nothing quite like Thanksgiving weekend: a morning prepping turkey and learning Grandma’s famous roll recipe, parades and football on the TV, dinner that tastes of nostalgia, long afternoon naps and . . . mad dashes to the mall.

In between eating and shopping, we’re sharing moments with family as we gather for what may be the first time in months. And better yet, we know Thanksgiving is just the start of the exciting season to come complete with gift-giving and more food!

It’s no wonder we shell out the big bucks for our time together, right? Unless you wake up from your turkey-induced coma with loads of regret from all the sales you indulged in at the mall. This year try something a little different: Enjoy spending more time with one another while spending less money. We’ll help you! Check out our tips below.

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5 Steps to Your Christmas Budget—Fast!

5 Steps to Your Christmas Budget—Fast!

You could have sworn Christmas was still four months away, but it’s only a month out! That means you need to start your shopping—like yesterday. One little problem: You haven’t started saving yet.

Before you reach for your credit card (please don’t do it), check out these tips for getting your Christmas cash ready in a flash:

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6 Budget Travel Tips to Get You Home for the Holidays

6 Budget Travel Tips to Get You Home for the Holidays

Most of us already know if it makes more sense to fly or drive home for the holidays. So we aren’t going to spend time comparing the two. But we are going to give you holiday travel tips to help you save money when you head home for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Spending less on travel means you can budget more for the fun stuff you want to do when you reach your destination. And who doesn’t want that? Here are six holiday travel tips to help you get the most bang for your buck this year:

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Where Does Paying Off Debt Fit Into Your Holiday Budget?

Where Does Paying Off Debt Fit Into Your Holiday Budget?

The average person will spend $463 on gifts for family members this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. Between presents, decorations, food and travel expenses, your money gets pulled in more directions than Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.

If you wonder where extra payments on your debt fit into this festive season, here’s a quick four-step guide that shows you how to handle it.

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