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Gift ideas for penny pinchers

This year I warned the kids that their gift budget for the holidays is going to be smaller than past years. But truth be told, they’ll still be blessed with lots to open Christmas morning. It’s nothing like a few of the single-mom Christmases I’ve had in the past. There’ve been some years when I saved all year long and still had barely enough to make Christmas special….or so I thought. It seems some of our poorest years were actually our most special as more meaning was put behind family and all we are blessed with rather than what we received off our Christmas lists.

I know there are plenty of families in tight spots as the holidays loom. It can make the season of giving seem pretty unfriendly. But there are ways to get around this. Here are six ideas to help you save a few dollars and ensure a very merry holiday season.… Read More »