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Debt-Proof Your Christmas: Celebrating the Holidays without Breaking the Bank Paperback – September 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0800721435 ISBN-10: 0800721438 Edition: Updated

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Updated edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721435
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Christmas--with no debt, less stress, and more joy!

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also one of the most stressful--and most expensive. Expectations run high, and it's tempting to whip out the credit cards to create the perfect Christmas, with lavish meals, new decorations, and the latest, greatest gadgets and fashions for everyone on your gift list.

But you don't have to overspend or go into debt to have a fabulous holiday.

Financial expert Mary Hunt shows you how to assess your situation, commit to no new debt, and think creatively about gifts. With Mary's guidance, you'll discover what caused you to overspend in the past and how to approach this Christmas with a plan. It just might be the best gift you can give yourself and your family.


Mary Hunt is an award-winning and bestselling author, syndicated columnist, and sought-after motivational speaker. She is founder and publisher of the interactive website Debt-Proof Living, which features financial tools, resources, and information for her online members. Her books have sold more than a million copies, and her daily newspaper column is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate and is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Everyday Cheapskate readers. Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such as Good Morning America, Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Focus on the Family. She and her husband live in California.

About the Author

Mary Hunt is founder and publisher of Debt-Proof Living® (formerly Cheapskate Monthly™), which has 35,000 print subscribers and an average of 800,000 website hits per month. Her books have sold more than a million copies, she was the financial columnist for Woman's Day magazine, and her daily newspaper column is syndicated through United Features. The author of 7 Money Rules for Life, Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such as Good Morning America, Oprah, and Dr. Phil. She and her husband live in California.

More About the Author

Mary Hunt is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 23 books, as well as a sought-after motivational speaker who helps men and women battle debt. She is founder and publisher of Debt-Proof Living, a highly regarded and popular consumer organization consisting of an interactive website, monthly newsletter and personal finance tools. Hunt's books have sold more than one million copies, and her syndicated daily newspaper column is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Everyday Cheapskate readers nationwide. She speaks widely on consumer finance topics and has appeared on shows such as The Today Show, Oprah, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Fox and Friends and Focus on the Family. She and her husband live in Southern California.

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I highly recommend "Debt-Proof Your Christmas".
Pilar Arsenec
It does give helpful ideas on how to stay out of debt and still feel great about the season of giving.
Amazon Customer
As far as "how-to get out of debt" books go, this is really just another one.
Virgina Garrett

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Stitch on November 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Mary Hunt is known to millions as the Everyday Cheapskate. Her books and website have provided powerful advice to help people get out of debt or stay out of debt over the years. Since my husband and I have taught debt reduction/financial management classes, I've always been a follower of Mary. Her books are full of practical, easy-to-follow advice.

Debt-Proof Your Christmas is no exception. In her typical down-to-earth manner, Mary covers all the bases of holiday finances. She begins with an attitude adjustment for the reader, helping us put the holiday and its' financial ramifications in perspective. Then she provides tangible suggestions for developing a plan and a budget for the holidays. She lists a whole chapter full of ways to save and/or earn money that can be set aside for gifts and entertaining.

But this book doesn't stop with practical advice. In chapter after chapter, Mary gives real life examples of how to make it through the holidays with our wallets intact. This book includes do-it-yourself gift ideas, inexpensive recipes and decorating ideas, and ideas for memorable (and inexpensive or free) traditions that our families will remember for years.

It's not too late to use this book to help with 2012 holidays, but it will be even more valuable as a resource to prepare for 2013.

At just $10.39 on Amazon, even less expensive for the Kindle version, this book will pay for itself almost immediately. I highly recommend it for anyone who is facing the holidays with a limited budget and for those who want to have a memorable holiday without the stress and ridiculous extravagance so often associated with this time of year.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Virgina Garrett on November 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's that time between Thanksgiving and the new year. The time when everyone is zeroed in on the next BIG holiday. Of course, I'm talking about Christmas. We're fully ensconced in the season of gift giving.

Which means we're also fully ensconced in the season of spending money, lots and lots of money. Often we're spending in a frenzy, trying frantically to remember what we gave great-Aunt Hilda last year and trying to remember what she gave us so we can be sure to top the monetary value this year. Often though we just can't remember so we rush to the stores without a plan, nary a thought in our heads about what we have to spend. When our wallets are sadly bereft of cash, it's no problem, we'll just whip out Mr. Plastic and let him make our purchases for us.

The only problem with that? When the bill comes in January, Mr. Plastic is sadly quiet and suddenly not quite so nice.

Mary Hunt, financial guru most noted for her no-nonsense approach to digging your way out of a mountain of debt, has written a book on this subject, Debt Proof Your Christmas. As far as "how-to get out of debt" books go, this is really just another one. If' you've read any other book about finances, you could pass this one by.

BUT! This book is worth it's weight in gold because of the recipes in the back!! Recipes for holiday gift giving, holiday spiced nuts, slow-cooker sugared nuts, recipes for "Gift in a Jar", Mocha Mix, Friendship Tea Mix, Cappuccino Mix etc. Worth it's weight in gold!

So if your finances are on track, but you're looking for new inexpensive gift ideas, get this book! If you're finances aren't on track, but you're desperately trying to get them there, get this book and make some Christmas gifts. Your house will smell divine and the recipient will get the weight gain. What could be better!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 3 on November 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I recently reviewed this book for my website and e-newsletter [...]. I loved all of the wonderful ideas in this book on how to celebrate Christmas without making it so commercial. I am eager to share these ideas with my children and my family as we prepare for this Christmas. You can read my review at [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loren M. Mcghee on November 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
It was just last week that families everywhere were gathered around the table giving thanks for their blessings and enjoying the fruits of their labor. For some of these families however, their time was cut short this year. Why? Because some had to report to work, while others simply chose to go and get in line @ some retail store on Thursday evening for the NEW TIME and NEW KICKOFF of Black Friday. Call me crazy, I'm all about a good deal, and I am a Black Friday shopper but I don't go stand in line for any store nor do I go at some crazy hour!! I know just how crazy the atmosphere is even when I arrive sometime after noon! Mary has some great ideas that just might change your mind about how you do your Christmas shopping next year!

Mary Hunt's Debt-Proof your Christmas is filled with sooo much more than a recommended plan for getting through your Christmas debt free. She shares great ideas for gift giving, creating a plan for your budget and even the tools you'll need to be able to purchase a gift for that special person far before Christmas arrives. There are recipes for home-made gift giving as well as great holiday entertaining tips! Her BLACK FRIDAY is spent at home with her family, working together, making memories and far far away from any mall or outlet shopping!

Even if you have your shopping done and have all those gifts wrapped and under the tree, this book is one that will help you regardless of when you read it. In fact, it is one that will benefit you as the new year arrives. It will be one to refer to as the year goes quickly by and would make a Terrific gift for just about anyone!

I know I will benefit from this book greatly! Thank you Donna Hausler and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review! It is most definitely a 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s
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