Holidays can be hard on your budget with so many one-off expenses. From decorating to travel, gift giving to extra family events, it’s easy to keep spending even when your free cash flow runs out. is here to help you spend wisely at each and every holiday on the calendar so you can celebrate in style without overspending your way to a holiday debt hangover.

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Can’t Wait Til Black Friday? Many Won’t

October 11, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Many Americans start holiday shopping before November 1 as Christmas creep moves in.

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Americans Will Spend A Record $8.4 Billion On This Halloween

September 27, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Americans are on track to spend more than ever on Halloween this year.

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Holiday Shopping Breaks All Speed Records

September 14, 2016 | Dori Zinn

One-third of consumers — including half of parents — have already started holiday shopping.


Christmas in September?

September 1, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Walmart is pushing the country into the Christmas creep. We haven’t even put our barbecues away yet.

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Want to Save Money? Live on a Cruise Ship

August 1, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why it’s cheaper to take a year-long vacation than it is to live in California

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Money Can’t Buy You Love – But It Can Ruin It

February 22, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

It’s not a romantic topic, but it’s perhaps the most important one.

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Valentine’s Day Is For Suckers

February 9, 2016 | Michael Koretzky

Hate Valentine’s Day as much as I do? Here’s how to turn that hatred into $100.

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How To Mend A Broke Heart

February 3, 2016 | Michael Koretzky

Not a broken heart. A flat-out broke heart.

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Dvorkin on Debt: Your Holiday Debt Hangover Has Arrived

January 25, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

It may not be just a hangover. It might be a disease. Here’s the cure.

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Dvorkin On Debt: Blue Monday And Red Tuesday

January 18, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Maybe you’ve heard about Blue Monday. But you didn’t know about Red Tuesday.

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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.


Dvorkin On Debt: 3 Good-News Numbers

December 7, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Stats on America’s personal finances can be depressing, but here are some numbers to raise your holiday spirits.

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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.

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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.

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5 Weird And Cheap Holiday Gifts

November 19, 2015 | Brian Bienkowski

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


8 Ways to Get Your Holidays Off to a Budget-Savvy Head Start

November 5, 2015 |

If you start now, you can save hundreds.

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126,000 Auto Thefts That Could’ve Been Avoided

April 28, 2015 | Jess Miller

Worried about getting your car stolen? Here’s a brilliant solution: Don’t leave it unlocked. Here’s where people did…

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5 Guilt-Free Gifts To Ask Your Boss For This Year

April 20, 2015 | Jess Miller

Every day is the boss’ day. Here’s how to say what you want on your day — and make sure you get something you want for Administrative Professionals Day.

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How To Save Money At Mardi Gras

January 19, 2015 | Angela Colley

A New Orleans local tells you exactly where to go and what to do to save big bucks during the big party.

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Thanks To Weekends, Americans Get More From The Holidays This Year

December 30, 2014 | Jess Miller

Americans have good reason to celebrate this holiday season. Here’s why.

What's open on Christmas’s Guide of Things To Do On Christmas Day

December 25, 2014 | Jess Miller

Dying to get out of the house but the bars are all closed? Here’s our guide of what’s open on Christmas Day 2014.

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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.

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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.

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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 Save Your Sanity (And Your Wallet) While Christmas Shopping

December 18, 2014 | Jess Miller

If you’re looking for creative gifts that don’t cost a lot of money or time, check out what I got my family for Christmas.

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Rear Seat Kickers Are The Most Annoying People On A Plane, Study Confirms

December 15, 2014 | Diego Saldana

Flying during the holidays? Stay away from these awful passengers.

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How To Turn Buyer’s Remorse Into Buyer’s Rejoice

December 15, 2014 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This holiday season, we spend money on ourselves and others and then regret it. Here’s how not to.

Santa Claus of Student Loan Debt

Infographic: The Santa Claus Of Student Debt

December 11, 2014 | Jess Miller

If you owned all the student loans in the United States, here are the holiday gifts you could buy Americans of all ages.

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The Shopping Holidays We Wish You Could Celebrate

December 8, 2014 | Jess Miller

Green Monday is yet another new shopping “holiday.” We came up with some better ideas.


The Stupidest Holiday Gifts of 2014

December 2, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Odds are you’re going to get something you don’t like for the holidays. Hope it’s as funny as these…

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Holiday ID Theft: The Gift That Keeps On Taking

December 1, 2014 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The best holiday gift you can give yourself is also the cheapest: protecting your identity.

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Stay At Home Today. Shop On Cyber Monday.

November 27, 2014 | Brian Bienkowski

Here’s the lowdown on Cyber Monday, while you chow down today.

How to avoid the mall on Black Friday

5 Things You Can Do On Black Friday Instead Of Going To The Mall

November 24, 2014 | Jess Miller

Tired of being a cog in the consumerist Black Friday machine? Try these money-saving ideas instead.


5 Big Tips For The Big Holiday Shopping Days

November 24, 2014 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The holiday shopping season officially starts Thanksgiving Day. Here’s your official savings guide.

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Shop Like Gwyneth Paltrow For A Fraction Of The Price

November 20, 2014 | Emily Bloch

Can you tell the difference between a $1,995 earring and a $10 one? Check out our alternative to Paltrow’s overpriced gift guide.

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A Very Graphic Look At Halloween For Adults

October 30, 2014 | Jess Miller

Halloween falls on a Friday night — which means forget the children, be scared of the adults.

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.

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Halloween spending will top $7 billion

October 2, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

With 29 days until Halloween, here are some frightening (or funny) holiday statistics…


5 top toys to watch for this holiday season

September 23, 2014 | Jess Miller

The onslaught of toy lists has begun. Here’s where to buy and get it over with.

Where to buy American for the 4th

How to have an all-American Fourth of July

July 1, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Don’t fly flags or eat meat from another country for Independence Day. Here’s how to buy American.

Win our Fathers Day contest with your story!’s first-ever Funny Money Contest!

June 3, 2014 | Stefanie Hochstadter

Win a $25 Amazon gift certificate for anything you want, just by telling us a true story about you and your money.

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Happy Memorial Day! Now sit down and shut up!

May 26, 2014 | Monica Victor

Going out to eat on this holiday? Here’s what you’ll face…

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.

How to celebrate your mom on Mother's Day.

How to enjoy a stress-free Mother’s Day

May 7, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

What should you get Mom this Sunday? Here’s what everyone else is doing.

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5 ways to save money on Easter

April 16, 2014 | Jessica Williams

Pre-planning can save you more money on Easter than you think.

The best time to travel depends on your destination.

The best time to travel to popular vacation cities

January 15, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Can you save on a vacation by timing it for cheap hotels? Maybe, if the flights don’t suck.

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.