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Tips for Saving Money Over the Holidays

Posted November 6, 2007 2:41 p.m. EST
Updated November 14, 2007 1:48 a.m. EST

Ways to save money over the holidays:

- Attend free or inexpensive plays and concerts at schools, colleges or community centers.

- Decorate only part of your house or yard.

- Buy new shoes, jewelry or accessories to update an outfit instead of purchasing a new one.

- Ask a grandparent or other relative to buy a child's holiday outfit.

- Give homemade gifts.

- Celebrate with family after the holidays to take advantage of sales.

- Travel on holidays to save on airfare.

- Shop for gifts all year long. (But keep a list to avoid duplicating presents.)

- Give to charities throughout the year so you don't feel pressured to make a large contribution during the holidays.

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Sources: Sally Herigstad and Liz Pulliam Weston.