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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.

Shopping Tips

1 Day Holiday Shopping Plan
Instead of aimlessly buying gifts throughout the season, use this shopping guide to cross everything off your list in a single day.


Learn how to resist your worst buying habits and your favorite retailers’ enticements, from free hot chocolate to, yes, even “Jingle Bell Rock.”

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Best Days for Holiday Online Shopping

Consult this handy calendar of what gifts to purchase, when—courtesy of consumer-retail experts.
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4 Ways to Save on Groceries

An anonymous grocery-store manager shares the secrets to lowering your food bill.
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Save on Baggage Fees on Your Return Flight 

If you’re among the thousands traveling this holiday season, use these simple tips to make sure you reach your destination without getting hit with costly baggage fees.
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Get No-Cost Holiday Shipping

Save money this holiday season by shopping at these websites, all of which offer free shipping.
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Budgeting Advice

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How Do You Stay on a Budget During the Holidays?
Small-budget Christmas-gift ideas and other insights to keep your spending in check during the holiday season.

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Holiday Gift Budget Worksheet
Create a debt-defying holiday shopping plan.

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Holiday Carry-On Luggage Restrictions Checklist

Make sure to place the following TSA-banned holiday trappings in your checked luggage—or leave them at home.

  • Cranberry sauce
  • Creamy dips and spreads, including soft cheeses and peanut butter
  • Gift baskets with food items

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