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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Save on the Holidays -- 5 Must-Do Tips to Slash your Budget

The Holidays are coming quicker than you know, and it's this time of year that our frugal souls can make a run for it. Keep in your holiday budget by planning ahead.

1. Stock up on Christmas gifts throughout the year. At the end of every season, stores have items on clearance. Stores like Kohl's frequently have coupons like $10 off $20 which can be used on clearance items as well. Stocking up on toys, bath products, candles, fun gadgets, sports items, etc. can be a smart way to save on gifts. Tip: Target has their annual toy clearance in July, usually the last Thursday is when prices hit their rock bottom.

2. Stockpile non-perishable baking goods when you see a sale. Throughout the year, you'll see sales on sugar, flour, baking mixes, chocolate chips, canned fruit, etc. Buy extras and you will have what you need for all of that holiday baking!

3. Use those great sites I keep telling you about: and Swagbucks. EBates can help you save money on your online purchases and by using Swagbucks, you can earn giftcards. Use the giftcards to buy gifts, or to give as gifts or stocking stuffers.

4. Participate in cookie swap. Instead of making dozens and dozens of different cookies, costing you lots of money in the process, get your friends together and bring cookies in bags to swap with each other.

5. Santa shops at JBF. JBF, or Just Between Friends, is an excellent consignment sale. There are tons of like-new clothes, baby items, books, electronics, strollers, furniture, and toys. Most items are at least half off retail and you can hardly tell the difference between new and JBF. In my area, the JBF sale is this week. If you haven't already, check out my previous post on JBF, and go to the Just Between Friends site to see when a sale is happening around you.

Do you have tips for saving around the holidays? Share below! I'd love to hear from you!

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