The holidays are a time of excess in all things: food is gobbled, booze is chugged, family comes in droves, and above all, money is spent like it's going out of style. If you're tired of waking up every year on January 1 with a negative balance in your checking account, it might be time for you to start building a holiday budget.
It's easy to be wooed by the pretty packaging and name-recognition of branded items at the grocery or drug store. Sure, it costs a bit more than the generic stuff, but that's gotta mean it's better, right? Wrong.
Black Friday is less than a month away, but with the time in between now and then you can set up your wallet to really take advantage of all the holiday spending you'll be participating in!
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Buying something for just a buck might seem too good to be true, but for the many dollar store deal-sniffers out there, it's a fact of life.
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It's always been a goal of mine to never pay full price for anything, and unless I'm faced with an absolute emergency, I've found this is generally quite doable. Even if I manage to get just 10 percent off on a product or service, it's well worth it, as long as finding the discount doesn't take too much of an effort.
It's hard not to get taken in by a good department store sale. When the tag shows a 50 percent drop in price, it's only natural to feel like you need to snatch it up, but what if the tag is lying to you?