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Debt-Proof Your Christmas: Celebrating the Holidays without Breaking the Bank Paperback – September 1, 2012
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Story starts out with how the author got into debt one year and it followed them even after the holiday. I've always been one to make things and hope this book would be one of those do it yourself kind of books.
I am always willing to learn how to make decorations in a different way.
Discussions on how the credit card make it possible to always have a nice holiday and pay for it later....
The holiday is so commercialized now we have gotten away from the true meaning of the holiday.
Preparing and planning and other ways to cut back are discussed. Each chapter ends with a letter from how one person's Christmas holiday and how they coped with a change.
Liked the sections on bargain shopping and the recipes and listings of books for the holiday season.
Lots of gift ideas and traditions that are easy to make/do that won't break your budget. Very extensive index at the end.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end of the book.
This prompted me to make personalized Christmas cards for my 93-year old aunt. I even scanned her signature into each card and hand-addressed each envelope. I mailed 30 cards to her in Canada. All she had to do was apply the Canadian postage and drop them in the mail. I don't know who was more thrilled with the gift - my aunt or me. It was the perfect gift.
This book covers not only spending, but family values, relationship and traditions as well. It helped me focus on a more meaningful Christmas. Each gift I gave was a gift of love meant specifically for that individual. A valuable resource.
This book is highly recommended for anyone who wants to break out of the rampant consumerism being foisted on us in the Christmas season!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great ideas- focused on meaningful Christmas. EXCELLENT reading!Published 8 months ago by Beverly Enderlein
This book is full of useful ideas to bring special meaning to Christmas without incurring credit card debt. I will use many of the suggestion in years to come.Published 20 months ago by Ctaylor
Mary is very open & honest about how to save for Christmas! So many wonderful ideas!!Published 20 months ago by Mary
gift ideas, decorating ideas, recipes, encouragement, personal stories, book recommendations, you name it
so impressed with the thoroughness of this book... Read more
Love this color! Just as expected . Couldn't find it anywhere but this site. Would buy again. Thank you much!Published on January 15, 2014 by kes
Debt-Proof Your Christmas by Mary Hunt
I downloaded this book from Amazon.com because I want to see how not to be in debt during this time of the year and other ideas. Read more