This year we’ve all vowed to cut back on Christmas. Stores have quietly changed their stock from super-expensive whirly-gigs to the more traditional gifts and decorations (with some tackiness remaining.) These same stores are expecting lower traffic, and more people are looking for ways to share the joy without opening their wallets.

Pare Down the Season of Giving
The best way to pare down the season of giving is to decide now that you’re going to do just that. Start telling friends that you’re scaling back. Make plans to skip gifts.

Of course, you should save some money for the necessary holiday expenses, so set aside a portion of your monthly budget for the next three months. It may not be a lot, but it’s something.

Win My Holiday Savings E-Book
This year, I’ve expanded my holiday savings E-Book to include even more posts grouped by topic. You can find all of these articles on the blog, but now they’re organized. This E-Book also includes a handy holiday budgeting worksheet that isn’t available on the blog. It costs only $5 for a 45-page PDF. Visit the official Holiday Savings E-Book page to learn more.

One lucky reader will win a free download of the E-Book.

How to Enter
Entering is simple. Post your favorite holiday tip in the comments below. I’ll use a random number generator to pick one winner and email the download code. The deadline to enter is October 30, 2009.

So, what are your tips for saving money during the holiday season while still enjoying merriment and light?


7 Responses to “Win a Free Holiday Savings E-Book”

  1. Heather S on October 25th, 2009 9:09 pm

    Plan ahead and do projects that you can early if possible, it will take some of the stress off you when the actual day arrives!

  2. Brittany on October 26th, 2009 12:56 pm

    I keep a spreadsheet with each person’s name of who I plan to buy a gift for as well as the dollar amount I feel comfortable spending. If you spread the $ out over 3 months or so it’s not as much of a financial burden.

  3. Aryn on October 26th, 2009 5:57 pm

    Great tips, Heather and Brittany. If I was the crafty sort, I’d definitely be starting now. Brittany, I like the way you think!

  4. Chris on October 28th, 2009 7:04 am

    This year we decided to limit our spending on gifts, but we are planning a family get-together. We are going to Longwood Gardens to see the great Christmas decorations and then having a dinner together. The important part of the holidays is spending time together!

  5. Aryn on October 28th, 2009 9:55 am

    Chris – that’s a great idea! And it really does get back to the heart of the holidays.

  6. Brittany on December 14th, 2009 7:03 pm

    So who won the free holiday savings book?

  7. Aryn on December 15th, 2009 6:36 pm

    Hi Brittany,

    Chris won!

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