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Save Stress This Holiday Season with an Easy Fix

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Challenge of the Day: Save Stress This Holiday Season with an Easy Fix

Challenge of the Day: Save Stress This Holiday Season with an Easy Fix

A 2010 survey by the American Research Group found that Americans planned to spend an average of $658 on holiday gifts alone. Add in additional entertaining costs, travel expenses, and holiday attire, and you're looking at about $1,000 in extra expenditures in your not-so-distant future. Start setting aside any extra cash you can find -- ideally, $250 a month -- pronto, and save yourself the stress of receiving a whopping credit-card bill in January.

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  • In this time of desperate unemployment and poverty, the true holiday spirit is sharing with those in need.

    Every year, our family donates the money we would have spent on gifts to the food bank or homeless shelters. It's good to know that our family and extended family are building an invisible legacy of kindness.

    This is the perfect time of year to contact family members and agree to donate instead of buying gifts. Try it...you'll never go back.

  • I make most of our gifts for family and friends. I have been this way since I was a kid. This year I am making hats and scarfs for the kids and blankets. For the adults, I am giving jars of sourdough bread stater kits, with instructions on how to keep it going along with a loaf of baked sourdough bread, jarred garlic butter spread, pasta noodles, pesto and tomato sauce. For others who are neighbors etc I will make Amish Friendship Bread with apples and cinnamon and drizzled with icing, along with a jar and instructions of the recipe and a jar or 2 of raspberry and blackberry jams and homemade butter. For our Grandson I made a book on line of everyone in the family. It will be his 1st photo album of his own. He turns 5, 2 days before Christmas. Our family and friends enjoy gifts made from the heart. I've made many other things. Like last year, I made aprons, I've painted pictures, made dolls, jewelry, etc. For our kids (who are grown now) we would usually buy 1 big gift for each of them, but we would only buy them on sale. The rest of what they got was made. I also get Free samples on line. A lot of the items I get are great stocking stuffers! Even when we had money (before the economy took a dive), we would not spend a ton of money on gifts. Gifts are not what Christmas is about. It's about Christ's birth... It's about peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. It's about family and it's about love.

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