Great Holiday Advice From Around the Web
Even if you're not a Scrooge, you might be saying "Bah, humbug!" to all the Christmas decorations popping up in stores already. After all, we just got through Halloween, and Thanksgiving is still weeks away. Surely it's not time to start thinking about Christmas yet, or is it?
As Craig Ford points out on the Wise Bread blog, it's smart to take steps now to prepare for the holidays. "Take your current schedule and imagine adding Christmas shopping, Christmas parties, and holiday travel all at once," he writes. "I suspect you'll thank yourself come mid-December if you use the extra time you have now to get ready for Christmas." See his post, Get Ready for Christmas: 7 Things You Should Do Today, to get an early start and avoid the holiday rush.
And here's more holiday advice from around the Web:
6 Ways to Save Money and Have More Fun at the Holidays [FiveCentNickel.com]
"The holidays should be a happy time, but for many the stress of the expense of the season overwhelms the joy. Try a few of these tips to ease that burden!"
Holiday Shopping: Looking for the Best Deals [MoneyNing]
"Whether you can take advantage of price matching, or whether you use layaway to help you pay off your presents in a more manageable way, there are many ways to save for the holiday shopping season."
Cheap Gifts: 53 Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas [Money Under 30]
"Take a moment to cheer yourself up with no fewer than 53 inexpensive holiday gift ideas!"
30 Homemade Christmas Gifts [Bargaineering]
"These gifts not only save you money, but they can also give you a way to personalize gifts in a way that shows how much you really care for the recipients."