Money-Saving Holiday Survival Guide

Best days to shop, affordable entertaining ideas, budget travel tips, and more money-saving advice for getting through the holidays with your wallet—and your sanity—intact.


8 Easy Recipes for Homemade Holiday Gifts

Delicious, low-cost ideas for edible gifts, complete with creative wrapping and packaging suggestions from The Container Store®.

How Do You Stay on a Budget During the Holidays?

Real Simple readers offer small-budget Christmas-gift ideas and other insights on cheap holidays.

12 Dresses to Rent This Holiday Season

When there are gifts to buy, the idea of renting a festive wardrobe is more of a Christmas miracle.

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Look Your Best for the Holidays

One-Day Holiday and Christmas Shopping Plan

Instead of aimlessly buying gifts throughout the season (a major wallet drain), use this shopping guide, chock-full of surprising strategies, to cross everything off your list in a single day.

How to Break Bad Holiday Shopping Habits

’Tis the season of temptations. No wonder you end up busting your budget every December. Learn how to resist your worst buying habits and your favorite retailers’ enticements, from free hot chocolate to, yes, even “Jingle Bell Rock.”    

5 Sanity-Saving Tips for Holiday Shopping

Plowing through cash like nobody’s business in a fa-la-la-la frenzy? Presenting five expert strategies for staying smart—and on budget—when the list hits the fan.