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Holiday Spending Advice From Around the Web

A look at tips from a few of our favorite personal finance bloggers about budgeting and shopping for the holidays.

Whether you plan to do your holiday shopping over the long Thanksgiving weekend or will procrastinate until Christmas Eve, it pays to have a plan. So I've rounded up tips from several personal finance bloggers to help you create and stick to a budget, develop a gift list, find the best deals and avoid overspending. Happy holidays!

How to Mentally Approach the Holidays to Avoid Poor Financial Decisions [ReadyForZero] "Remembering your 'why' and honoring your own financial health and well-being throughout the holidays is key."

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Three Ways to Prepare for a Financially Joyful Holiday Season [MoneyNing] "Here are three ways to combat the leaks the season can poke in your wallet."

10 Secrets to Holiday Gift Giving Perfection [H&R Block Block Talk] "When you put the spirit of the season into your shopping, you’ll have fun, save some money and select wonderful gifts."

How to Avoid 5 Common Holiday Shopping Pitfalls [Mint Life] "We are looking to get maximum bang out of our shopping bucks. And those looking to separate us from our money know our intentions and create offers -- and scams -- with that in mind."

7 Tips to Be a Smart Black Friday Shopper [Christian Personal Finance] "If you’re not careful, you could fall victim to clever marketing and end up spending more than you should this Black Friday."

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Using Amazon Price-Matching to Save Money While Shopping [The Simple Dollar] "When you find the item you’re looking for, compare it to Amazon’s price. If Amazon is higher, then you know you got a bargain. If Amazon is lower, then you have a choice: you can either just buy the item from Amazon, or you can request a price match at the store."

What Not to Buy Your Wife for Christmas [CreditDonkey.com] "After asking nearly 200 married women what they hope to receive for Christmas, CreditDonkey.com has compiled a list that will help you narrow down your gift choices."

Cheap Gifts: 53 Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas [Money Under 30] "Yay for cheap gifts! Here’s our list of no fewer than 53 inexpensive holiday gift ideas!"

9 Great Gift Ideas for People Who Have Everything [Len Penzo dot Com] "There are plenty of great gift ideas for people who have everything -- you just have to be willing to think outside the box."

25 Ways to Slow Down and Actually Appreciate the Holidays [Wise Bread] "Christmas is coming. The goose is getting fat. Your hair is turning gray, you can't sleep, and your ulcers are constantly flaring up. If this sounds like your typical holiday pre-show, it's time to start doing things differently."

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