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Shopping Advice Before Black Friday

>> Thursday, November 27, 2008

Did you see my post about how we save money at Christmas? It included these tips:

* We don't go overboard on gifts. Our girls each get three (hey, Jesus got three. If it was good enough for Him it is good enough for them) one from Mommy & Daddy, one from each other & one from Santa.
* We don't buy for extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews).
* We don't buy big things for each other ($50 limit).
* And, instead of gifting between siblings this year we all decided to go out to dinner and to see Spamalot. The tickets came from our entertainment fund and have already been paid for and my mom is giving us cash for dinner and babysitting as her gift to us.

So the $300 we alotted for gifts has gone a long way- including filling shoeboxes for Operation Chirstmas Child.

For the girls' teachers we are making truffles and we'll bake cookies for the others that help us throughout the year (chiropractor, mechanics, IZEA...)

I have another one to add...

I do my Christmas and gift shopping online through UPromise. I can see prices and store lists. Then I search coupon codes for free shipping or savings. Not only do I save money on what I want I also save a bit for college for my girls!

If you have a holiday saving tip to share head over to Skimbaco and enter her contest to win a $500 Walmart gift card!

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