gift giving

One-off expenses – i.e. those that occur outside your everyday budget – often cause problems for cash flow that lead to credit card debt, and gifts for family and friends are right at the top of that list. Still savvy shoppers find ways to give gifts that express exactly what they want without causing problems with debt. has the latest tips on gift-giving like a pro.

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Last-minute gifts

Dvorkin On Debt: Many Happy Returns

December 21, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Christmas is Friday. Guess what happens starting Saturday?

How to save on your dog

5 Affordable Gifts that Spoil Your Pets

December 17, 2015 | Brian Bienkowski

Avoid silly pet gifts this season. Get fun gifts that are functional and inexpensive.

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5 Holiday Gifts for Video Game Fans — That Aren’t Video Games

December 10, 2015 | Brian Bienkowski

Gamers spend hours tirelessly playing their favorite games. You can spend a few minutes finding a gift for them.

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5 Useful Gifts for Fishermen That Won’t Catch Fish

December 3, 2015 | Brian Bienkowski

Even though these gifts don’t catch fish or cost a lot, they’re valuable on the water.

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5 Inexpensive Holiday Gifts for Hipsters

November 26, 2015 | Brian Bienkowski

Satisfy a hipsters need for cool things without spending a bundle.

Read our tips on how to get the most out of giving a gift card.

Ask The Expert: Are Gift Cards Tacky?

November 25, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s wife hates gift cards. Here are 4 reasons why she’s wrong — and 1 why she’s right.

Hassle-free gifts

Dvorkin On Debt: 5 Fun Holiday Shopping Facts

November 23, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Shopping for the holidays? You’re being watched and studied. The results are amusing.

weird gift

5 Weird And Cheap Holiday Gifts

November 19, 2015 | Brian Bienkowski

Don’t blow your budget this holiday season buying the same old stuff.

Read our tips on how to get the most out of giving a gift card.

How Gift Cards Can Save You Money

June 9, 2015 | Jason Steele

Gift cards are a terrible present — unless you’re giving them to yourself to multiply your reward points.

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How to Give Away Your Money The Right Way

January 5, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

If your new year’s resolution is to donate to charity, here are 5 tips for stretching those dollars.

Shopping after Christmas

Ask The Expert: Can I Shop For Presents On Dec. 26?

December 24, 2014 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader who couldn’t get home for Christmas is buying her family’s presents the day after.

Entrepreneur gift ideas

5 Things All Entrepreneurs Have on Their Holiday Wish List

December 23, 2014 | John Rampton

Not sure what to get the entrepreneur in your life? Here are some tips from our small business expert.

Last-minute gifts

Last-Minute Gift Shopping for Lazy People

December 22, 2014 | Emily Bloch

Everything everyone wants for Christmas is on Amazon Prime.

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Bah Humbug In Your Office?

December 22, 2014 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

If giving gifts to coworkers is stressing you out, try this.

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How to suck up on Boss’s Day for $10 or less

October 14, 2014 | Jess Miller

National Boss’s Day is October 16. Here’s how to show the boss your gratitude without breaking the bank.

Technology tops consumer holiday wish list

Tech tops consumers 2014 holiday wish lists

October 3, 2014 | Jess Miller

Industry experts estimate that more people will buy technology for Christmas than ever before.

Read our tips on how to get the most out of giving a gift card.

Gift card tips: Get more out of giving them

May 14, 2014 | Lulu Ramadan

Fraud and fees can leave you paying more for a gift card than you mean to give out. Read our tips on how to get the most out of giving a gift card.

There's more to regifting than fresh wrapping paper.

5 tips for regifting without getting caught

December 11, 2013 | Monica Victor

While re-gifting has been frowned upon in the past, it is becoming more socially acceptable and more common than we might think. But, giving a re-gift can be embarrassing and insulting if done irresponsibly. When done right, it can save you time, money and embarrassment.

Your charitable gifts could help elephants.

5 charitable gifts for animal lovers

December 10, 2013 | Brian Bienkowski

The holiday season offers shoppers many ways to give gifts to loved ones and friends. Instead of giving a regular gift card to Best Buy or another big box store, why not give the gift of charity. And while you’re at it, help out animals in need. Animal lovers will thank you for your generosity.

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10 officially stupid holiday gifts

December 6, 2013 | Michael Koretzky

Here’s a recent holiday tradition you probably didn’t know about: Every holiday season since 1998, an online retailer called has asked its customers, “What’s the stupidest gift of the year?” Of course, if you patronize a gag-gift website like, the annual Top 10 Most Stupid Gifts of the Year is a must-have guide […]