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Holiday Spending

Tips to Save and Spend Wisely in 2017

Diane Morais | Posted 12.29.2016 | Business
Diane Morais

Did you get carried away with the holiday spirit this past season? On the heels of hefty spending, the New Year is the best time to take stock of pers...

5 Frugality Pros Help You Rein in Holiday Spending

NerdWallet | Posted 11.30.2016 | Business

The overflowing expectations around the holidays can entice us to spend more than we can afford. Not only do we have bills to face once the decoration...

Utilize Credit Without Accumulating Holiday Debt

Kali Hawlk | Posted 12.28.2016 | Business
Kali Hawlk

The idea of "holiday debt" suggests that spending and debt go hand in hand. But spending isn't inherently bad, and neither is credit. Money is meant to be used -- used in a smart, responsible, and thoughtful way.

It's Not the Holidays That Make Kids Materialistic

Jennifer Breheny Wallace | Posted 12.15.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Breheny Wallace

While the holidays can certainly feel too materialistic, a recent study suggests it's actually the signals we send our children day-to-day, all year long that matter most.

4 Holiday Budget Musts!

Laurie Gerber | Posted 12.01.2016 | Money
Laurie Gerber

When you think of a budget, your first thought is probably about your wallet. But did you know that there are other currencies you can spend, save, sp...

The Only Shopping Guide For Cyber Monday You Need

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business

Cyber Monday, the web-based version of Black Friday, is just days away but learning how to navigate deals can be difficult. So we at The Huffington Po...

WATCH: The Best Tips And Tricks For Tackling Black Friday

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, epic holiday sales await with Black Friday. But navigating the deals and massive lines are no east feat so w...

Making Holidays Bright -- and Affordable

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 11.04.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

The winter holidays often have a bad reputation as the most budget-busting time of the year, but with proper planning, they don't have to be.

10 Best Summer Sales You Can't Afford to Miss

GOBankingRates | Posted 08.13.2016 | Business

The end of summer offers plenty of opportunities to save on a variety of items. You'll find deals on seasonal items that retailers are looking to clear out to make room for colder-weather products.

What's The Best Way To Keep Last-Minute Holiday Spending Under Control?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 02.23.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

The season of giving -- and by association, spending -- can make it easy to just pull out the credit cards and buy. But before you give in to the impulse to buy those last few (and often unnecessary) gifts, step back and make some mindful choices.

Travel Tips to Get You Through the Holidays

Ashley Massis | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Massis

After every trip home to visit my family, I always returned exhausted and frustrated. In return, this exhaustion would turn into a flu or cold. However, if you try to stick to a healthy routine, pack practically and watch your travel conditions, you'll be able to come back from the holidays relaxed.

The 'Critical' Thing Divorced Parents Need To Discuss Before The Holidays

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 12.23.2014 | Divorce

The holiday season can be a stressful time, especially for divorced parents. How do you level the gift-giving playing field? Shanon Lee, a contribu...

6 Ways Not To Get Carried Away With Holiday Gift-Giving (Without Being A Grinch)

Posted 06.09.2015 | Money

As much as we love the holidays, looking at our bank accounts after they’re over usually has us quoting that other Christmas villain, “...bah, hum...

For The Kids: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Rich Linton | Posted 02.17.2015 | Money
Rich Linton

As the holidays approach, so do requests from family and friends about what to give the kids this year. Instead of asking for the hottest toy this year, consider a gift that will actually keep on giving: an investment in your child's future.

Just Saying No to Retail Grinches

Tricia Spencer | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
Tricia Spencer

The holiday season is in full swing, but it's becoming harder and harder recognize it. Retail Grinches somehow wish to relieve us of our money, yet deprive us of some of the simplest joys of the season -- festive decorations and holiday magic.

HO-HO-Hold That Holiday Spending!

Kim Harris | Posted 02.08.2015 | Money
Kim Harris

This is the time of year we feel extra generous and want to spread some holiday cheer. Rarely, do we consider the impact of all that spending until the first bill arrives in our mailbox and the cheer quickly disappears.

5 Ways A Holiday Savings Account Can Help Save Your Budget

LearnVest | Posted 02.03.2015 | Money

Sure enough, the season of financial temptations is right around the corner, which means it's prime time to figure out whether your budget is prepped to weather the upcoming spending storm.

10 Ways to Cut Your Holiday Expenses

Jason Alderman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Bottom line: It's called the holiday season, not the spending season. If you enjoy traditional gift-giving, shape your finances throughout the year to make it happen. If you are facing financial problems or simply want to make a change in old spending routines, share that information with loved ones.

Survey Reveals How Much Americans Spend On Valentine's Day

Posted 03.11.2014 | Weddings

Valentine's Day is synonymous with fancy dinners, boxes of chocolate and flowers -- but how much do love birds really spend on their significant other...

Who Will Overspend This Holiday Season?

Hersh Shefrin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Money
Hersh Shefrin

The temptation to overspend is extremely strong when people do their holiday shopping. The truth is that some shoppers have more self-control than others. It's easy to come up with all kinds of anecdotes to illustrate this point, but only research can paint an accurate picture of what is going on.

Who's Watching Your Holiday Spending?

Terry Savage | Posted 02.11.2014 | Money
Terry Savage

The worst penalty isn't a lump of coal in your stocking. It's a lowering of your credit score -- something that impacts your future cost of credit, and even the cost of homeowners and auto insurance.

How Holiday Spending Could Spell Doom For Your Relationship

Posted 01.25.2014 | Divorce

According to new survey, nearly half of U.S. married couples admit to fighting over how much money to spend during the holiday season -- and research ...

Why Employees Hate Money

Dan Henry | Posted 02.04.2014 | Money
Dan Henry

Money is a year-round problem -- not just a holiday concern. And the simple domino effect is that money problems cause stress. And we have solid research showing that employees falter with more stress, and work better with less.

'Tis the Season... to Start Saving

Diane Morais | Posted 02.03.2014 | Money
Diane Morais

Whatever causes you stress this holiday season -- whether it is juggling family and social obligations, finding the right gift for everyone or planning travel -- a sure way to enjoy the holidays more next year is to establish a savings plan for managing spending in 2014, which will be here before you know it.

How Uncle Sam Treats Your Extra Cash

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

'Tis the holiday season, and that means vacation time, holiday parties and, the most loaded perk, holiday bonuses. But before spending your bonus, find out how much you'll really receive after taxes are withheld.