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Cover Holiday Shopping Expenses for the Whole Family

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According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend an average of a little under $1,000 on holiday gifts during winter. That's not counting the new outfits to buy for holiday parties, decorations needed to bring joy to your house, and all the special treats and family meals that make the holidays so memorable. These expenses can really add up. Now that the concept of a "Christmas bonus" has become dream instead of reality, it's time to get creative in making sure you're able to pay for everything you need to make the holidays a success. Try some of these tips to cover holiday expenses for the whole family.

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Tips for Putting Gifts on Layaway this Holiday Season

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Putting your gifts on layaway this season is a great way to do your holiday shopping and a budget-savvy way to keep your spending in check. With all of the holiday parties and gift-giving, it can be hard to have a happy holiday. Before you start crossing things off of your shopping list this year, here is what you need to know about layaway.

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How to Win at Black Friday Shopping

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Black Friday has traditionally been a brick and mortar dominated shopping holiday, but in recent years the most notorious shopping day of the year has gone online. With major e-commerce brands like Amazon on the rise and major retailers putting their greatest Black Friday deals online, shopping malls are no longer newsworthy riot scenes. The days of overcrowded malls and camping out in front of your favorite stores may be over, but Black Friday deals are alive as ever. There’s no doubt about it, no matter what you’re trying to buy this year, days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the time to buy it!

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Have an Affordable Dinner with These Thanksgiving Recipes

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Thanksgiving is the start to the exciting holiday season. Since you already have a lot on your plate (pun intended) with Christmas gifts and holiday parties, making Thanksgiving dinner should be stress-free and affordable. We put together a collection of Thanksgiving recipes for side dishes that won’t break your budget so you can rest easy before the big meal.

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Cheap Halloween Costumes to Help you Save Money

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Did you wait until the last minute to decide your Halloween costume? No worries! We have plenty of last-minute ideas that are creative and will also help you save money. One of the best parts about Halloween is dressing up for parties, work, or just taking your kids trick-or-treating! But with all the Halloween festivities, spending can get out of control, fast. Have a cheap Halloween this year with our costume idea that can be used for you or your kids!

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4th of July: Frugal Food

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It’s not the 4th of July without red, white and blue decorations – but why stop there? You can make your food as patriotic as your mood, and you can do it without spending a lot of money. Whether you’re hosting a BBQ blowout or attending a 4th of July beach party, these recipes are sure to please.

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6 Affordable Father’s Day Activities Dad Will Love

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Father’s Day is for showing your dad or father figure how much he really means to you. Instead of getting him a gift that let's face it, he doesn’t really want-get him the gift of spending time with you! If you need financial assistance to make the day extra special, check out nearby loans. Otherwise, our list of budget-friendly Father’s Day activities will ensure it will be a Father’s Day to remember without emptying your wallet.

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Mother’s Day: Priceless Gifts for Mom

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Your mom is special to you. She’s the one who raised you and spent countless hours making sure you had everything you needed to build a solid foundation for life. Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show her how much you care and how much she means to you, but buying gifts can get expensive and break your budget. If you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck with little-to-no room for shopping, don’t worry. You can still show mom how much she means to you with these priceless Mother’s Day Gifts. 

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10 Harmless (and Nearly-Free) April Fools’ Pranks

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Everyone in the US knows what April Fools’ day is, but no one can tell you exactly how it became a holiday. With several origin stories ranging in subject, the first day of April is shrouded in mystery. Some believe the day used to signal the new year before being changed to January 1st. Those who still used the old calendar were fooled by the date. Others say that since it used to signal the new year, it became a happy time that evolved into pranking. 
No matter what you believe, April Fools’ is still prime time for pranking your friends and family. The best pranks are funny, but also harmless and inexpensive. Here are some free or almost free pranks you can execute using things you already have around the house!
 

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Budget Holiday: DIY St. Patrick’s Day Décor

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If you’re throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party or just want your house to look festive and full of Irish charm, there are lots of ways to decorate for March 17th. However, if you’re on a budget, buying decorations from the store may be out of the question. Don’t worry – you can make beautiful decorations at home with these DIY St. Patrick’s Day ideas. Each of these items will cost next to nothing to make, and they’ll keep your home as cheerful as St. Patrick’s Day itself. 

 

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