July Challenge: Christmas in July

July Challenge: Christmas in July

We’re not sure who coined the phrase Christmas in July, but we’re glad they did.

That phrase reminds us to plan for Christmas five months before it gets here. Too many people wait until December to buy gifts. With no money saved, they turn to credit cards in a panic and then end up paying for Christmas until next April. Have you ever been there?

It’s much easier to get ready for the holiday season little by little. You just need to know where to start. Here are five ways you can get a jump on Christmas—in July.

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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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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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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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