Christmas Shopping and Saving Tips for a Troubled Economy

November 21, 2008

Christmas shopping and budgeting can be stressful, especially when the economy is struggling.  Here are some tips on Christmas shopping and saving from last holiday season that definitely apply in today’s tough economy:

Christmas Deals

How to Double Your Savings on Christmas Shopping Deals – “Looking for some deals this Christmas? Understanding the strategy behind retailer’s sales can help you save twice as much!”

A Consumers Guide to Holiday Shopping on eBay – Along the same lines as eBay Christmas deals this has tips on buying gift cards, quick sales, customer service, return policy, and shipping on eBay over the holidays.

Christmas Savings

Saving Money on Christmas Pictures for Baby – “After lots of fun and lots of pictures we now have a charming holiday shot of his cute little face smiling up at the camera from under the Santa hat.”

Save Money with a Homemade Holiday this Christmas – Cookies, Christmas Cards, IOUs, Crafts, and Cocoa can all help you save money with a homemade Christmas.

Christmas Spending

Holiday Budgeting Tips from Ebenezer Scrooge – “Know being careful with your Christmas budget does not make you Scrooge. You do not have the money that Scrooge had stashed away; an affordable gift will not deny friends and family heat or make them work too hard. A true friend or loving family member should not want you to go into debt for what should be a Merry Christmas.”

What are You Teaching Your Children this Christmas? – “Since you believe in being wise with your money, there is no time like the present to begin instilling good financial sense in your children. Teach them that the depth of your love is not measure by the size of your wallet. Show them ways you can enjoy the holidays and give, without spending a cent.”

Merry Mob Madness Mentality – “Do not subscribe to the merry mob madness mentality. Do not let Christmas put you in the poorhouse, or cause you to lose all sense of emotional or financial reason.”


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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