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How to Budget for the Holidays [Kindle Edition]

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That well-known time of the year known as “the holidays” begins in late October (if you wish to count Halloween) and ends around January 2 (if you celebrate New Year’s Day). It isn’t a term you will see on a wall calendar with a big “Holidays Begin” in bold letters, and it means something slightly different for everyone, but we all know what it means to us. For some it means strictly religious observance or celebration. Others think of it as time spent with family and friends. Still more people view it as a time of year to think of those in need, and soup kitchens and blood drives get an annual boost from all the giving.

Regardless of exactly what the holidays mean to you, they probably mean spending. Whether you spend on traditional meals or on gifts for everyone or on outfits for a variety of functions that require your attendance, there can be ignoring the fact that starting in early November, we start to feel anxious about our wallets.

These two things – the traditions that bring warmth into our lives and the holiday spending – don’t have to cancel each other out. It is easy to forget the good feelings that go along with sharing time with family when we are worried about making ends meet. That is why we need to think about doing the holidays on a budget. If we can control our spending amidst all of the lights and gift wrap and cookies, then we can more thoroughly enjoy the entire experience of the holidays.

Rather than a specific plan laid out for budgeting, this book encourages you to find a budget (with a few tips about how) and cut back on what you usually spend in the fall and winter. It demonstrates a variety of ways to do this: by finding inexpensive solutions, by rethinking how we approach the holidays, and by reevaluating what real giving is. You might find you don’t connect with all of the ideas here, but some are sure to appeal to you. Even if you only shake off some of the anxiety the holidays bring, you will find a more peaceful holiday season. No Bah Humbug about it.

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  • File Size: 145 KB
  • Print Length: 65 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Higher Read, LLC (October 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P2GY54
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humbug-less holidays October 21, 2012
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How to Budget for the Holidays is like getting advice from your closest friend: honest, to the point and helpful. It offers real-world solutions to gift giving, dining and travel without ever becoming "preachy." The book focuses on the spirit of the holidays rather than the materialism associated with them. Why DO we obsess about wearing the same sweater to 2 parties? Would you rather give new parents a night off with free baby sitting or a generic candle? And, truly, what would THEY rather receive? For those of us who don't already budget (me), it breaks the process down into several simple steps and gives a variety of methods to use based on what works best for you. And, even better, you can apply the tips/tricks year-round. Although it is focused on the holidays, a time when our wallets take a major hit, the book really is a crash course on how to maintain a comfortable, happy lifestyle without going bankrupt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOW TO BUDGET FOR THE HOLIDAYS October 21, 2012
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HOW TO BUDGET FOR THE HOLIDAYS is a necessary book for budgeting for the holidays! It begins with good reasoning why budgeting is okay. The book gives great, easy, and simple ideas about how this works. And, it worked just fine for me. I especially liked the numerous web sites referred in the book. Thank you for this helpful book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Feeling Stressed Out Already? November 9, 2012
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Do you feel guilty if you don't spend enough on presents during the holidays? Are you willing to go into debt to please people? Are you not looking forward to a huge credit card bill next year? This book shows a more sane way to enjoy the holidays. There are ways to create a budget that will allow you to have fun but also not overspend. The only thing I didn't think was a good idea was buying used clothes and books for your relatives and friends. It just seems a little tacky. Giving a gift of an outing however sounds great. You can spend quality time while enjoying the beach or the zoo or a music concert. So there is something for everyone in this book on how to celebrate the holidays in a sane way.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Right on Time for the Holiday November 2, 2012
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The book seeks to inform its readers that giving our loved ones gift is done so as to express appreciation and spending too much on such gifts only devalues the intended expression. The book seeks to suggest tips on how to save money during the holidays so that you don't end up spending all your savings on gifts. The author advices that it's important to set a spending limit for the holidays. This book seeks to inform its readers that there is life after the holidays and it is mandatory that one does not use up all their savings. If you are interested in learning how to budget during the holidays, this is a book you might want to read. Mark Clayborne-Author of Hidden Credit Repair Secrets
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tis the season October 17, 2012
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In my experience it's pretty easy to lose sight of spending limits during this time of year, and this book offers quite a bit of helpful advice for creating a budget and sticking to it. The book was also very easy to read, focusing on tips that you can implement gradually rather than throwing everything at you at once. I'm excited to give some of these methods a try and see how much I can save.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Basic December 1, 2013
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If you have very little experience at budgeting or holiday expenses, if you have no idea where to start thinking about a budget for the holidays or if you have the experience of overspending for the holidays, this book might help you. Most of the ideas presented are not new and are actually pretty obvious once you stop to think about budgeting and holiday spending. Some people may find this interesting and helpful. Others, like me, will not be terribly impressed with the ideas and suggestions presented. It all depends on the reader and what he/she wants from the book. Even for the person experienced in budgeting and experienced in moderating holiday expenses, there are a few pointers/suggestions that can be applied to holiday budgets of all sizes. I found the book easy to get through. It was not very long and was easily understood, and the ideas were not very new. I received this from the author to read and review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars holiday budgeting November 14, 2013
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Delightful to look at, delightful to hold, but when I read the blurb, We had to mark it "Sold" !
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