Category: Kristine George

’Tis the season to be frugal …

By Kristine George Happy December! We are smack dab in the middle of my favorite time of the year! While it is a happy time of shopping, baking and decorating, it can also be a stressful time on my bank account! Despite my efforts to save up for the inevitable cost of all of this merriment, I always find that my holiday cheer level is hampered by the strain on my wallet! I read a funny meme on social media the other day that summed it up beautifully. It read “Me: I cannot wait for the holidays to arrive.” Bank Account: “Oh, Yes you can!” Raise your hand if your holiday budget feels like it grows tighter and tighter each year — while the cost of your holiday wish list and celebrations continues to grow? Here are a few tried and true strategies for surviving the holiday season with your wallet — and sanity — in check. Make a list and check it twice: This year, I simplified some areas of my holiday to do list by simply cutting out those things that are not necessary to have a happy holiday with my family. This year, it was the pressure to do the perfect family holiday card. Each year, we spend money on new Christmas outfits so that we can take a perfect holiday picture and have more than...

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Full sales ahead: It’s time to shop

by Kristine George It is the most wonderful, albeit expensive season of the year. Another year has come and gone and here we are again, facing the busy, wonderful — and often budget busting — holiday season. The stores are already decorated and I have already received numerous mailings toting this year’s hot toys for 2017. While Black Friday generally marks the unofficial kickoff of the shopping season, the holiday sales begin earlier each season. Whether you plan to brave the Black Friday crowds or opt for some cyber shopping, there are some savings and shopping strategies to save you time and money this holiday season. Black Friday week: It used to be that the holiday shopping season kicked off with deep discounts on the Friday after Thanksgiving — and were followed up with sales that were still worthwhile but not nearly as lucrative as the sale that inspired everyone to get up early and brave the lines. With more shoppers starting their Santa lists earlier, stores are offering more sales — both online and at their brick and mortar locations — before one ounce of Thanksgiving turkey has even been eaten. Be sure to scope out the sales for stores you frequent — it may save you from fighting the crowds on Black Friday morning! What’s the key to knowing when to buy the gifts on your shopping...

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