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How to Save Money During the Holidays

How to Save Money During the Holidays How to Save Money During the Holidays

Holiday time seems to always be a little more challenging when it comes to actually saving money. It can be done, but it takes a few tricks and some discipline. Here are a few tips to help you save a few pennies instead of spending all of them during the holiday season.

Keep It Simple

Simplicity is the keyword when it comes to not spending a bundle and actually saving a bit during the holidays. Extravagant costs money, but simple saves it. Keep in mind that the holidays are about more about family and less about gifts — remembering this will help you make a conscious decision not to overspend. {Ways to Simplify the Holidays}

Plan Ahead

Saving money during the holidays means planning ahead. Start early with buying that you plan to do. If you want to start super early and save a great deal of money, shop for gifts, holiday decorations and supplies right after a holiday is over. You can put them up and save them for the next year’s holiday and save a nice little bundle. Planning ahead also allows you to spread out your spending over time and save it as you go. {Starting a Gift Closet}

Don’t Buy Into the Commercialism

Holidays have become more and more commercialized nowadays. Don’t buy into it! Television and Internet ads urge you to buy, buy, buy and spend, spend, spend. Make a commitment not to fall for it. Look for ways to celebrate the holidays with fewer bells and whistles and more simple pleasures like visiting with loved ones.

Choose Practical Gifts

You can splurge and spend a large chunk of change on holiday gifts, but if you’re trying to save money, opt for less expensive ideas. Whatever you choose to spend money on for gifts, make sure it is useful. A frivolous item that will be thrown in a closet or placed on a shelf and forgotten is a waste of money. Look for items that serve a purpose and will be useful for the recipient. Club memberships, magazine subscriptions, recipe books, and other items can be good choices.

Make Homemade Gifts

Homemade gifts for the holidays can be both frugal and special. How about a plate or a tin of homemade cookies and candies? If you’re crafty, think about other things you can make for loved ones. Homemade scarves or winter hats, decorative items like painted signs or even homemade holiday decorations can be good choices. You can also put together a scrapbook or a photo album for a loved one. Check out our {Gifts in a Jar} series.

The holidays don’t need to be about spending large amounts of money. You can create a spectacular holiday for your family and in your home while still saving money. Set your budget, plan ahead, and look for creative ideas for gifts. Keep it simple and remember that the holidays are not the commercialized extravaganzas that are popularized by the media.

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Amazon Offering Better Than Black Friday Price on this Samsung Galaxy Tab 4!

samsung galaxy tab Amazon Offering Better Than Black Friday Price on this Samsung Galaxy Tab 4!

 

Right now you can get a better deal than Black Friday over on Amazon. Grab this Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 for just $139.99! Order this now and save $30.00! Don’t forget to protect your new gadget, check out the deals you can score on cases right now too!

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  • Comes with over $300 of free content and services

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Fred's Super Dollar Black Friday (11/28 - 11/28)
Dollar General Black Friday (11/27 - 11/29)
Dell Black Friday (3 Day Sale: 11/17 - 11/29)
Thursday Only Doorbusters
Friday Only Doorbusters
Big Lots Black Friday (11/27 - 11/30)
Thanksgiving Day, Friday Nov 28 & Saturday Nov 29, Spend $50 or More & Get A Big Lots Coupon Worth $10 OFF Your Next Purchase. Coupon Valid From Sun. Nov 30 - Sat Dec 13, 2014 on Purchase of $10 or More!
Friday 11/28 Only Starting At 6 am - 11pm
Stein Mart (11/27 - 11/28)
Scratch & Save Coupon - bring to the store to save $10, $20, $50 or $100 off your purchase. Save $10 off $75 purchase online. Plus in-ad coupon to save extra 50% off entire purchase of red dot clearance.
Rite Aid Black Friday (BF 11/27 - 11/29)
Buy 1 Participating Craig Tablet or Netbook, Get $10 +UP; Limit 2
Dell Black Friday (3 Day Sale: 11/17 - 11/29)
Guaranteed In-Stock Doorbuster Friday Only
Microsoft Store (11/10 - 11/30)
Prices Not Announced as of 11/11/14.
Office Depot/Office Max Black Friday (11/27 - 11/29)
Costco Black Friday (11/21 - 12/1)
Costco Black Friday (11/21 - 11/26)
Costco Black Friday (11/21 - 12/1)
Costco Black Friday (11/21 - 11/26)
Big Kmart (11/23 - 11/29)
Rolaids, Kaopectate or Surfak Mix & Match
Kmart Black Friday (Thanksgiving 11/27 6AM - 5PM)
Game Stop (11/28 - 11/30)
Dollar Tree (11/19 - 11/26)
Product May Vary by Store. Sunday, November 23, Dollar Tree will have "Customer Appreciation Day" and offer 10% off purchases of $10 or more. Restrictions apply. Discount found on in store flyers.
Goody's Black Friday (Doorbusters 11/27 - 11/28)
Thursday & Friday, First 50 people in line win scratch-off cards - every cards a winner! Friday only, one customer will win an employee discount good for one year. Must register in-store from 6 am - 7 am and be present at 7 am store drawing.
Office Depot/Office Max Black Friday (11/27 - 11/29)
Walmart (11/23 - 11/29)
Walmart Prices Vary By Region
Costco Black Friday (11/21 - 11/26)
Kmart Black Friday (Thanksgiving 11/27 6AM - 5PM)
Big Lots Black Friday (11/27 - 11/30)
Thanksgiving Day, Friday Nov 28 & Saturday Nov 29, Spend $50 or More & Get A Big Lots Coupon Worth $10 OFF Your Next Purchase. Coupon Valid From Sun. Nov 30 - Sat Dec 13, 2014 on Purchase of $10 or More!
Sale Nov 27th Only 7 am - Midnight
Friday 11/28 Only Starting At 6 am - 11pm
Shopko Black Friday (Shopko Black Friday Ad)
Meijer Black Friday (11/28)
While supplies last. No rain checks or substitutions.
Costco Wholesale (Everyday)
Prices may vary by store.
Rite Aid (BF 11/27 - 11/29)
Buy 1 Participating Craig Tablet or Netbook, Get $10 +UP; Limit 2
Giant Food Stores LLC (Nov 23 - 29)
Target (11/23 - 11/29)
$5 Target Gift Card WYB 2 Digestive Items Listed
Kohl's (Black Friday 11/27 - 11/28)
Kohl's In-Store Deals 6:00 PM Thursday through 1:00 PM Friday Online deals at Kohls.com 3:00 PM CST on Friday 11/28
Target Black Friday (Target Toy Book 10/26 - 12/24)
Shopko Black Friday (Shopko Black Friday Ad)
Kmart Black Friday (Black Friday 11/28)
While quantities last
Buy 1 participating Samsung Galaxy Tab4 Tablet, Get 20,000 Members Points (20,000 = $20: Members Points to be used within 90 days of receipt; Limit 2
Game Stop (11/28 - 11/30)
Meijer Black Friday (11/28)
While supplies last. No rain checks or substitutions.
Office Depot/Office Max Black Friday (11/27 - 11/29)
Costco Wholesale (Everyday)
Prices may vary by store.
Target Black Friday (Target Toy Book 10/26 - 12/24)
Costco Black Friday (11/21 - 11/26)
Costco Black Friday (11/21 - 12/1)
Target (11/27 - 11/29)
Black Friday: Nov. 27, 6pm - Nov. 29
Walmart Black Friday (WM BF Event 2)
Walmart Black Friday (WM BF Event 1)
CVS Black Friday (11/23 - 11/26)
Walgreens (11/23 - 11/26)
Walgreens (11/27 - 11/29)
Walgreens (11/23 - 11/26)
Target Black Friday (11/27 - 11/29)
Black Friday: Nov. 27, 6pm - Nov. 29
Target Black Friday (Target Toy Book 10/26 - 12/24)
Sears Black Friday (11/27 - 11/29)
Sears Black Friday (11/27 - 11/28)
Sears Black Friday (11/27 - 11/29)
Shopko Black Friday (Shopko Black Friday Ad)
CVS (11/23 - 11/26)
Meijer Black Friday (11/27)
While supplies last. No rain checks or substitutions.
Buy 1 particapating ASUS Tablet, Get $20 OYNO; Limit 2 coupons per offer; Coupon redeemable 11/30 - 12/24/14
Rite Aid (11/23 - 11/29)
Prices and sales may vary by store.
Buy 1 participating Mucinex or Airborne product, Get $2 +UP, Limit 2
Radio Shack (11/28 8am )
Kmart Black Friday (Black Friday 11/28)
While quantities last
Buy 1 participating Trio Stealth Tablet, Get 20,000 Members Points (20,000 = $20): Points (20,000 = $20); Members Points to be used within 90 days of receipt; Limit 2
Target (11/27 - 11/29)
Black Friday: Nov. 27, 6pm - Nov. 29
Costco Wholesale (Everyday)
Prices may vary by store.
Kohl's (Black Friday 11/27 - 11/28)
Kohl's In-Store Deals 6:00 PM Thursday through 1:00 PM Friday Online deals at Kohls.com 3:00 PM CST on Friday 11/28
Walgreens (11/27 - 11/29)
Buy 1 participating Advil product, Get 1000 Points (=$1.00)
Target Black Friday (11/27 - 11/29)
Black Friday: Nov. 27, 6pm - Nov. 29
Target Black Friday (Target Toy Book 10/26 - 12/24)
Meijer - Ohio (11/23 - 11/29)
Sears Black Friday (11/27 - 11/29)
Sears Black Friday (11/27 - 11/28)

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