In a previous post I discussed saving on expenses for your holiday meals. Also, be out in the coming months for sales on wrapping paper, gift bags and holiday decorations. Many stores will be having these items on sale. CVS and Walgreens usually run good sales and coupons on holiday items close to the holiday [...]

With the holidays coming up there are many Vendor and Craft shows planned. Following are some of the shows that I am aware of, there may be more. Some people prefer shopping this way instead of the malls. The Vendor shows consist of many of the home based businesses and people with homemade and craft [...]

Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving has been known as Black Friday. Many stores have extra sales trying to rev up the shopping season for the holidays. Target has announced that most of their stores will be opening at midnight on Thursday night and will be open 23 hours until 11:00 pm on Friay. In past years, [...]

Wal-Mart Stores are offering price-matching from November 1 to December 25, except on grocery items. If you buy something on their website or at their stores during these dates and find the identical item for less at a different store you will receive a gift card for the price difference. To receive a gift card, [...]

Shopping online is getting more popular all the time. When shopping online you can search various stores without leaving home. If you have kids, you can shop without having to take the kids to the store. If you decide to purchase something from a specific store, search online to see if they happen to have [...]

You have probably seen the television commercials for layaway from Kmart and Sears. Walmart also has layaway available on toys, electronics and fine jewelry departments. Layaway is another way of purchasing items instead of credit cards. For a small fee down (usually $5 fee plus a percentage of the cost of the item as a [...]

One of the added holiday expenses is for supplies such as wrapping paper, gift bags, tape, etc. These supplies can add up, especially since they will usually just be thrown away once the gift is opened. One thing about gift bags, they can easily be reused if they have not been damaged. Some places to [...]

Yes, I know school has just started but before we know the holidays will be upon us. By taking some steps now, you may be able to take some of the stress out of the holidays. 1) Make a gift list and budget – Sit down and make a list of everyone you are planning [...]

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about starting to plan and budget for your holiday shopping. Today on another blog I saw a post with examples of holiday shopping budgeting spreadsheets.

I know by now if you are done Christmas shopping, more shopping is the last thing on your list but if you keep your eyes open during the After Christmas sales you can save money and be ahead time next year. When I had my first apartment, I didn’t have much for Christmas decorations, but [...]