Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10074/all en-US 8 Reasons to Skip the Big Holiday Dinner This Year http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-to-skip-the-big-holiday-dinner-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-reasons-to-skip-the-big-holiday-dinner-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/unhappy_boy_stands_before_chistmas_tree.jpg" alt="Unhappy boy stands before chistmas tree" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's something you feel like you just can't avoid, and so you do it every year. The big holiday dinner. The one that, supposedly, everyone looks forward to. But do they really? Do you? For some, it can be an awful lot of stress. For others, the thought of those two particular family members in the same house, at the same time, is unbearable. Here's a reminder of why the holidays aren't always festive, and why you might consider opting out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Ways to Relax Over the Holidays</a>)</p> <h2>1. Do you really need two big dinners in two months?</h2> <p>Let's start with the most obvious reason to skip the big holiday this year &hellip; there's more than one of them.</p> <p>Most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, followed a month later by either Christmas or Hanukkah. Each one of those holidays is accompanied by a gathering of family and friends around some kind of feast. Why not skip one of them and put all the effort into the most important holiday for your family. When it comes to Christmas, people are so busy opening gifts and playing with toys that the additional feast on top can be a real strain. And with plenty of eateries open throughout the holiday season, you can either pop out for a meal, order in, or make something quick and easy. After all, it's not really about the food, it's the company. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-alternative-ways-to-do-thanksgiving?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Alternative Ways to Do Thanksgiving</a>)</p> <h2>2. The clean up afterward is a pain</h2> <p>Large metal trays filled with grease. Pans caked in potatoes and gravy. A mountain of dirty plates, cups, and utensils. You're going to be at the sink for hours doing all the rinsing, scraping, and preparation for the dishwasher. And even then, the chances of getting it all in one dishwasher load are slim. That means you'll be back for a second round, after putting away the dishes from the first round. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-keeping-your-kitchen-clean-while-you-cook?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Tricks to Keeping Your Kitchen Clean While You Cook</a>)</p> <h2>3. The preparation takes days</h2> <p>Right now, if you're celebrating Thanksgiving this year, you're already making plans for the big dinner. You have ideas of what you're going to make, and what the other guests will be bringing. There will be countless trips to the grocery store. You'll have to get that turkey brined if you don't want it to be as dry as a mouthful of sawdust. And let's not forget about the scheduling to make sure everyone gets their dishes into the oven at the right time, and everything gets onto the table when it's hot. There is a monumental amount of prep work involved in a dinner of this magnitude, and it can get even worse with issues like gluten sensitivities and other food allergies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-throw-a-fun-and-affordable-holiday-party-heres-how?ref=seealso" target="_blank">You Can Throw a Fun and Affordable Holiday Party &mdash; Here's How</a>)</p> <p>Who needs that kind of headache?</p> <h2>4. Who needs a political debate?</h2> <p>After a certain Donald J. Trump won a divisive election against Hillary Clinton, America has become fanatical about taking sides. Yes, politics is important to discuss to a degree, but should it break up families and cause screaming matches? The chances are, the more people you have in the room, the more heated the conversation will be. Fights are inevitable, even if you have a &quot;no politics&quot; rule at the table. So, skip the big dinner, and make it a more casual affair. Perhaps a buffet people can pick at during the day will make it easier to avoid certain topics &mdash; and certain grumpy uncles. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-conversation-tricks-thatll-get-you-out-of-a-political-discussion?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Conversation Tricks That'll Get You Out of a Political Discussion</a>)</p> <h2>5. So many calories!</h2> <p>We all joke about it to some extent. &quot;Oh man&hellip;I am going to eat so much on Thanksgiving that I will literally turn into a giant pumpkin.&quot; However, there is a serious side to this. According to the Calorie Control Council, the typical holiday dinner alone clocks in at a whopping 3,000 calories! That's not including all the snacks, drinks, cakes, sweets, and other goodies people consume throughout the day. And let's not forget, those Thanksgiving dinner recipes rarely include the healthy options. It's all butter, heavy cream, bacon, fat, and other artery-clogging foods. The Calorie Control Council states that on the day, the average person will eat enough fat to equal three whole sticks of butter. Holy heart attack, Batman. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes That Hold Their Own With Turkey</a>)</p> <h2>6. There's no room to store anything</h2> <p>When you start prepping for the big day, you realize that space is a premium that's consumed by a holiday dinner. The turkey alone can take up an enormous part of the fridge. Then there are all the extra fruits and vegetables, the cakes and pies, and enough snacks and candies to make the pantry door swell. You come home one day to find boxes of cookies overflowing onto the counters and the dining room table. You have to eat a bunch of food quickly to make space for more food that will be eaten on the big day. And get ready for that space to continue to be tight after the event, with all the leftovers and extra treats that people were too full to even touch.</p> <h2>7. Not everyone loves big holiday events</h2> <p>Like anything else in life, people have different ideas on what makes for a fun, entertaining event. For some people, these dinners are the opposite of happy. They may simply hate large gatherings. Or, they may be avoiding certain people for any number of reasons, only to be forced to sit around the same table with them for an evening. They may have other reasons, like the cost to attend, or the fact that they would much prefer to do something more intimate with just their immediate family. Why not send out a survey, that can be answered anonymously, asking the people you were planning to invite if that actually want to do it this year. You may be surprised at the results. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-friendsgiving-hacks-thatll-make-everyone-feel-at-home?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Friendsgiving Hacks That'll Make Everyone Feel at Home</a>)</p> <h2>8. Getting there can be expensive</h2> <p>The average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner that feeds 10 people is around $50, according the American Farm Bureau Federation. That's a bargain right?! Well, that's the cost of dinner, and yes, it's cheap at $5 a head. However, the biggest expense for the holiday dinner for many people is the travel. Not every family is lucky enough to live 20 minutes from their relatives. Some have to drive across the country, staying in hotels and paying for many tanks of gas. Others fly, which as we all know includes not just the price of the ticket, but the baggage, seat selection, and check-in. If there is not enough room at the house, these people also have to shell out for hotel rooms, and perhaps a rental car. It's perfectly OK to let your family and friends know that you're watching your money this year, and cannot come. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-holiday-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways to Save on Holiday Travel</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-reasons-to-skip-the-big-holiday-dinner-this-year&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Reasons%2520to%2520Skip%2520the%2520Big%2520Holiday%2520Dinner%2520This%2520Year.jpg&amp;description=8%20Reasons%20to%20Skip%20the%20Big%20Holiday%20Dinner%20This%20Year"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Reasons%20to%20Skip%20the%20Big%20Holiday%20Dinner%20This%20Year.jpg" alt="8 Reasons to Skip the Big Holiday Dinner This Year" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-to-skip-the-big-holiday-dinner-this-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found articles on simple ways to save money on Thanksgiving, things you should keep when you order take out, and fun ways to make money with social media.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/thanksgiving-money-saving-tips/">47 Simple Ways to Save Money on Thanksgiving 2017 (#36 Will Surprise You!)</a> &mdash; Go light on the appetizers, or ditch them altogether. Thanksgiving dinner is often filling enough by itself! [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="https://afewshortcuts.com/never-throw-away-take-out/">8 Things You Should Never Throw Away When You Order Take Out</a> &mdash; Hang on to salt and pepper and other condiment packets. They're great for brown-bag lunches or just to keep in your purse or glovebox. [A Few Shortcuts]</p> <p><a href="https://moneyqanda.com/how-to-make-money-with-social-media/">5 Fun Ways to Make Money with Social Media</a> &mdash; There's a way to make money on every social media platform! [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/survival-tips-how-to-prepare-for-a-power-outage/">Blackout! How to Prepare for a Power Outage</a> &mdash; You can make the cold temperatures in your fridge and freezer last longer with frozen bottles of water. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2017/11/08/how-to-save-money-on-home-insurance/">How to Save Money on Home Insurance</a> &mdash; Certain personal characteristics may make you eligible for good-behavior price cuts on your home insurance. [Frugal Village]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Fun-Holiday-Activities-44224020">50 Fun, Unique Things You Can Only Do During the Holiday Season</a> &mdash; There's something special about sending and receiving snail mail, and the holiday season is a great time for it. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2017/11/06/prioritize-home-improvements.html">Which Home Improvements Should You Make?</a> &mdash; The roof should be your first priority when it comes to home improvements. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2017/11/rid-back-pain-budget/">Rid Yourself of Back Pain on a Budget</a> &mdash; Back pain is no joke, but thankfully, there are affordable options that can help relieve the pain. [Dinks Finance]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/homemade-christmas-gift-basket-ideas-4002">10 Ideas for Filling a Christmas Gift Basket on a Budget</a> &mdash; You can put together a personalized gift basket more cheaply than what they usually cost at a store. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2017/1108/Why-tax-havens-persist-and-where-a-rethink-could-take-hold">Why tax havens persist, and where a rethink could take hold</a> &mdash; Tax havens are legal, but are they ethical and moral? This question is beginning to come to the fore as leaked documents reveal which companies and superwealthy individuals are stashing their money in offshore centers. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-40-simple-ways-to-save-on-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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According to the National Retail Federation, over 154 million consumers shopped over Black Friday weekend in 2016 &mdash; up from 151 million the year before.</p> <p>Chances are, you're going to be one of those many consumers shopping on Black Friday this year. But you don't have to totally blow your budget in the process. There are ways you can soften the blow to your bank account with advance preparation. Here's how.</p> <h2>1. Put your common indulgences on hold</h2> <p>I like to have my hair cut every two weeks. But when I'm trying to save, I push the cut out to every three weeks. My haircuts cost $17 including tip, and if I adhered to this schedule on a regular basis, I'd save a whopping $148 a year. You may have an indulgence like this that you can honor less frequently or stop altogether while you try to budget more strictly during the holidays. These indulgences usually aren't cheap, and forgoing them will provide a sizable amount of extra dough for you to use for gift shopping.</p> <h2>2. Focus on paying off any existing credit card debt</h2> <p>Before you start swiping your cards left and right, it's important to tackle any existing credit card debt, especially if you've only been making minimum payments up to this point. Concentrate on the highest-interest cards first; you'll save more in the long run by paying those down or off as soon as possible. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-pay-off-high-interest-credit-card-debt?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways to Pay Off High Interest Credit Card Debt</a>)</p> <h2>3. Pause or change your media subscriptions</h2> <p>The holidays are busy. Shopping, parties, pageants &mdash; you know the drill. All that running around probably leaves you with little time to use the subscription services for which you're paying a premium. So don't.</p> <p>&quot;Consider pausing subscriptions for a few months, or temporarily changing services to a lower-priced tier,&quot; advises Lindsay Sakraida, director of content marketing with DealNews. &quot;For example, if you pay extra for Hulu without ads, premium Netflix, or extra data cell service, you might want to adjust all of them for a month or two to save some cash for Black Friday and the holidays.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Pick up short-term gigs and odd jobs for quick cash</h2> <p>I participate in several &quot;gig&quot; services throughout the year, but this side work really picks up around the holidays &mdash; and that helps my disposable income swell. Pet sit via Rover.com, pick up passengers using Lyft, host guests in your home through Airbnb, and deliver groceries with the help of Instacart. I do it all, and I highly recommend looking into any one of these opportunities for quick cash. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-seasonal-side-hustles-thatll-cover-your-holiday-spending?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Seasonal Side Hustles That'll Cover Your Holiday Spending</a>)</p> <h2>5. Make a gift list and establish a firm maximum budget</h2> <p>Make your list, check it twice, and decide how much you want to spend on each recipient. Once that budget is set, stick to it. Better yet, make it your goal to come in under the amounts you've established for each person so you can treat yourself to a little something special when all is said and done. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</a>)</p> <h2>6. Research the Black Friday deals ahead of time</h2> <p>News of many Black Friday offers will be released well in advance &mdash; several retailers, like Walmart, Costco, Kohl's, and JCPenny have already whetted consumers' appetites with &quot;leaked&quot; deals &mdash; which allows you plenty of time to research the best of the best. There are entire sites, such as <a href="https://bestblackfriday.com/" target="_blank">Best of Black Friday</a>, dedicated to compiling the deals in one place.</p> <h2>7. Start shopping early to spread out your spending</h2> <p>Why wait until Black Friday if you recognize a great deal when you see one? Just because the day after Thanksgiving receives heavy promotion doesn't mean there aren't other great deals before the stampedes begin.</p> <p>&quot;Make it a point to get a jump-start on planning and shopping early so you have a few months to purchase gifts instead of waiting until the holiday season,&quot; suggests Natasha Rachel Smith, personal finance expert at TopCashback.com. &quot;Also, don't forget about deals on Thanksgiving. Every year Black Friday has crept up earlier and earlier. In fact, in recent years, some deals sell out before Black Friday.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways to Score a Black Friday Deal Without Leaving Home</a>)</p> <h2>8. Have a game plan before stepping foot in the store</h2> <p>Similar to never going to the supermarket on an empty stomach, don't head into the holiday season without a game plan.</p> <p>&quot;Most major retailers will release their deals for Black Friday the week before to give consumers time to plan and get excited about what they want to purchase,&quot; Smith says. &quot;Use this time wisely to see what is going to be on sale and compare deals at each retailer. By creating a game plan, you can prioritize any items that sell fast or are at the best-discounted price. Not only will you save time but you'll save money too by planning what to get, when, and where.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-black-friday?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Frugal Skills You Need to Survive Black Friday</a>)</p> <h2>9. Consult your cash back apps before heading out</h2> <p>I've been killing it in the cash back game lately, thanks to apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51. The trick is to consult these apps before you go shopping so you know what's available and opt in if required. With Ibotta, for instance, many times it requires you to make purchases through its app &mdash; it will launch the retailers' sites for you, like Under Armour, as an example &mdash; so it can track your purchase and deposit the cash back you've earned. Every penny returned to you helps. Trust me &mdash; you will be thankful for this at holiday time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-apps-that-actually-pay-you-to-shop?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Apps That Actually Pay You to Shop</a>)</p> <h2>10. Consider your method of payment for maximum savings</h2> <p>You might think that cash in hand is the best way to shop on Black Friday (it certainly can help avoid overspending if you're disciplined), but you could be disqualifying yourself for deals available through other methods of payment. Capitalize on your Black Friday spending by deciding how you're going to buy things &mdash; cash, debit, or credit card &mdash; to reap the best benefits.</p> <p>Scope out all your payment options and use the bonuses and rewards in your favor. If you do the research and find that you want to apply for a specific card, do so a couple weeks in advance to ensure you receive it in time to use it. Using the shopping season to get <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-offer-bonus-cash-for-sign-up?ref=internal" target="_blank">bonus cash back</a> that has a spending requirement can give you help ease the holiday costs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/read-this-to-maximize-your-rewards-and-cash-back-this-holiday-season?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Read This to Maximize Your Rewards and Cash Back This Holiday Season</a>)</p> <h2>11. Renew your commitment to financial freedom</h2> <p>It's easy to go overboard during the holidays, whether it's on gifts or social activities. Don't let yourself off the hook on your financial goals just because it's the holidays. Stay committed to them and use the holidays to focus on gratitude rather than the mad dash to grab discounts.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F11-ways-to-prepare-for-your-best-black-friday&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F11%2520Ways%2520to%2520Prepare%2520for%2520Your%2520Best%2520Black%2520Friday.jpg&amp;description=11%20Ways%20to%20Prepare%20for%20Your%20Best%20Black%20Friday"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/11%20Ways%20to%20Prepare%20for%20Your%20Best%20Black%20Friday.jpg" alt="11 Ways to Prepare for Your Best Black Friday" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-prepare-for-your-best-black-friday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-black-friday">8 Frugal Skills You Need to Survive Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/money-a-mess-try-this-personal-finance-starter-kit">Money a Mess? Try This Personal Finance Starter Kit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-miles-and-points-for-holiday-gifts">9 Ways to Use Miles and Points for Holiday Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home">6 Ways to Score a Black Friday Deal Without Leaving Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Shopping black friday budgeting cash back credit deals gifts holiday shopping money moves retail rewards sales Thanksgiving Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:00:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 2050495 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Ways to Make Money on Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-make-money-on-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-to-make-money-on-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-617591686.jpg" alt="make extra money on Thanksgiving" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In recent years, as the hours of Black Friday shopping have expanded, the topic of work on Thanksgiving has been somewhat controversial. But whether you think malls should be open on Turkey Day or not, the fact is that some of us want and need to earn money on this holiday. If you're not employed somewhere that's paying you to punch a clock, but you still want to make a buck on Thanksgiving, here are some ideas for turning other folks' family day into your payday.</p> <h2>1. Creating homemade invitations</h2> <p>People who are organizing large, elegant gatherings might appreciate having a custom-made invitation to send out. And if you want to be full-service, offer to address and mail out those invites as well. You could also offer custom place cards that match the invite.</p> <p>You can design the cards on DIY sites such as Vistaprint or Zazzle, or use graphic design software and have them printed at a professional print shop. Make sure to charge enough to cover the printing costs and to have some profit to pay for your time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-passive-income-online?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways to Make Passive Income Online</a>)</p> <h2>2. Event planning</h2> <p>If you're a great host but don't plan on hosting your own Thanksgiving feast, and you're skilled at keeping an organized to-do list, offer your services to overwhelmed, inexperienced hosts who don't have time to put in the prep work. Social media and local family network sites would be good places to advertise.</p> <h2>3. Home organizing</h2> <p>Getting ready to host dinner guests or even take in out-of-town family overnight is when people look around their homes and realize they need to declutter. If you've ever toyed with offering your services as a professional organizer, now's a good time to try it. Organizers can charge between <a href="http://home.costhelper.com/professional-organizer.html" target="_blank">$30 and $80 per hour</a>, according to CostHelper.</p> <h2>4. Deep cleaning</h2> <p>A week or more before the big day, hosts may want to have someone in to get dust bunnies out from under guest beds, clean ovens and stovetops, and wash windows. You can find cleaning jobs through <a href="https://www.taskrabbit.com/dashboard" target="_blank">TaskRabbit</a>, which estimates you can charge about $22 per hour for cleaning (although the site will keep a cut), or advertise locally or through family and friends.</p> <p>Thanksgiving hosts will also want day-of cleaning so that end tables shine and carpets are freshly vacuumed when the doorbell rings for the first guests' arrival. Don't want to rise early? Hire yourself out to wash the dinner dishes in the evening instead.</p> <h2>5. Grocery shopping</h2> <p>Those potatoes and yams aren't going to jump off the shelves and deliver themselves, and some folks get hives from shopping amongst holiday crowds. Sign up with <a href="https://instacartonboarding.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/115000847803-Become-a-Shopper" target="_blank">InstaCart</a> or <a href="https://www.shipt.com/be-a-shopper/" target="_blank">Shipt</a> to pick up and deliver groceries using your own car. Both services say grocery delivery can pay up to $25 per hour, plus tips.</p> <h2>6. Baking</h2> <p>Bakeries are overwhelmed by pre-orders for pumpkin pies around the holidays. If you are a pie expert, you can turn your home kitchen into a baking station for a day or two, and offer Thanksgiving Day delivery to set yourself apart. Homemade breads and rolls are another idea for oven entrepreneurs. Visit a local high-end bakery or patisserie to find out what you can charge.</p> <p>If you are baking for more than just friends and relatives, check your local laws about selling homemade products. California, for instance, has a &quot;cottage food&quot; law that allows the sale of <a href="https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CEH/DFDCS/CDPH%20Document%20Library/FDB/FoodSafetyProgram/CottageFood/ApprovedCFList.pdf" target="_blank">home-produced baked goods</a> and certain other foods.</p> <h2>7. Renting out your space</h2> <p>A lot of people host out-of-town guests for the holiday weekend, but not everyone has someone to put them up. This is a great time to try listing your spare bedroom on Airbnb, especially if you live in a residential area that doesn't have many hotels. The beauty of this is that you can make money even if you have Thanksgiving travel plans yourself, by renting out your vacant home. I've done the same over the Christmas holiday and had great results. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-good-money-from-airbnb?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Make Good Money From Airbnb</a>)</p> <h2>8. Driving for Uber or Lyft</h2> <p>If you've ever considered <a href="https://uber.7eer.net/c/27771/207645/3437?sharedid=000_wisebread.com">driving for Uber</a> or Lyft, the airport crowds on the day before Thanksgiving offer plenty of opportunities to make good money. You can set your own hours in the days leading up to the holiday and will probably have busy shifts taking travelers to their destinations. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-money-driving-for-uber-or-lyft?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Earn Extra Money Driving for Uber or Lyft</a>)</p> <h2>9. Pet-sitting</h2> <p>For people who are out of town for the whole holiday weekend, you could visit their home and feed, water, and walk pets, or take pets into your own home. Some hosts will want to send out noisy, excitable, or allergy-causing pets for the day, or even simply pay to have them taken on a long walk. <a href="https://www.care.com/" target="_blank">Care.com</a> and <a href="https://www.rover.com/become-a-sitter/" target="_blank">Rover</a> are sites you could sign up with to find pet-sitting gigs. Expect to make around $25 a night for hosting a dog. Sign up in advance, because you may have to pass a background check before you can start pet sitting. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-400-a-week-as-a-pet-sitter?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Make $400+ a Week as a Pet Sitter</a>)</p> <h2>10. Serving and photographing</h2> <p>Hosts with big crowds will also hire waiters, bartenders, even photographers for the big day. These roles will take the pressure off of them so they can focus more on hosting and enjoying time with their guests, rather than running around refilling drinks and taking selfies. Find local opportunities on <a href="https://www.gigsalad.com/Event-Services/Bartender/CA/Alameda" target="_blank">GigSalad</a>.</p> <h2>11. Place holding</h2> <p>With stores offering big sales opening on Thanksgiving Day instead of on Black Friday, some folks will leave their families to go wait in line. Others will pay someone on TaskRabbit to wait for them. Bring a book!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/11%20Ways%20to%20Make%20Money%20on%20Thanksgiving.jpg" alt="11 Ways to Make Money on Thanksgiving" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-make-money-on-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-on-halloween">15 Ways to Make Money on Halloween</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-make-800-on-month-on-ebay-selling-used-clothes">How I Make $800 on Month on eBay Selling Used Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-online-affiliate-programs-that-can-make-you-extra-cash">3 Online Affiliate Programs That Can Make You Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-creative-remote-jobs-that-can-supplement-your-retirement-income">4 Creative Remote Jobs That Can Supplement Your Retirement Income</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-cash-in-on-romantic-gifts-from-exes">5 Ways to Cash in on Romantic Gifts From Exes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Lifestyle extra cash Holidays make money sell your stuff side gig side hustle Thanksgiving thanksgiving turkey Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:00:06 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2049404 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Seasonal Side Hustles That'll Cover Your Holiday Spending http://www.wisebread.com/8-seasonal-side-hustles-thatll-cover-your-holiday-spending <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-seasonal-side-hustles-thatll-cover-your-holiday-spending" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/santa_claus_sitting_down.jpg" alt="Santa Claus sitting down" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The stores have been stocking decorations for months now. Seasonal music is starting to play. Catalogs are being mailed out. There's no escaping it: The holidays are coming, and with them, wallet-emptying events, gift purchases, and groceries.</p> <p>If you're thinking, &quot;How am I going to afford it all?&quot; then maybe it's worth looking into a seasonal side hustle. These suggestions will put a bit of extra cash in your pocket &mdash; and you may even find yourself having a lot of fun along the way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-best-side-jobs-for-fast-cash?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Best Side Jobs For Fast Cash</a>)</p> <h2>1. Mall Santa (or one of his elves)</h2> <p>It wouldn't be the festive season without a visit to Santa at your local mall. Almost every shopping center in the country will set up a grotto of some kind, and outfit it with a Santa look-alike and perhaps an elf or two.</p> <p>Obviously, the first and biggest qualification for this job is that you should kind of look like Santa to begin with. Although fake beards and wigs are used, most of the mall Santas these days have their own flowing white beards. Not only will you need to look the part, but sounding jovial and belting out the &quot;Ho, ho, ho&quot; tagline is also a must. You should be ready to wear a smile all day, be very excited for every kid, and have a genuine love for children and the season.</p> <p>Although the average mall Santa makes around $10 per hour, some establishments pay up to $20 per hour or higher. If you don't bag the part of Santa, there are also openings for Mrs. Claus in some malls, or elves and other helpers.</p> <h2>2. House decorator</h2> <p>While most of us like the tradition of putting up the tree and decorations after Thanksgiving, some people either cannot do it themselves or would rather someone else do it. That's where you can come in and make a tidy sum.</p> <p>As you would expect, this is a very seasonal business model and is only going to give you about three to four weeks of work at best. But even if you only do it on nights and weekends for a few weeks, you can earn anywhere from $50 to thousands of dollar per home, depending on the scale, the difficulty, and the wealth of the family. Do a couple of these gigs, and you'll have more than enough to fulfill every gift wish on the list.</p> <p>You will need some basic equipment, including a long ladder, staple gun, and working knowledge of electrical systems, and should be prepared to work in the rain, snow, and hail. You'll also need to be able to transport your equipment and be ready to come out and fix issues after you have installed the lights.</p> <h2>3. Package delivery</h2> <p>'Tis the season to completely overload the mail system. And there have never been more opportunities available to help deliver those packages and make a bundle of extra cash in your spare time.</p> <p>Right now, Amazon is boosting jobs in many areas of its business, and one of those is delivery. It's called <a href="https://flex.amazon.com/" target="_blank">Amazon Flex</a> and it pays $18&ndash;$25 per hour. You set your own schedule, so it's ideal as a side hustle that you can do after work and on weekends.</p> <p>There are also services like <a href="https://www.doorman.co/delivery-drivers/" target="_blank">Doorman</a> that put you in touch with a wide range of companies looking for help delivering packages. You may also be able to deduct the mileage and transportation costs from your taxes. And with every smartphone having some kind of GPS map service installed, you don't have to know the area well to deliver packages in a timely fashion.</p> <h2>4. House and pet sitting</h2> <p>We're approaching some major holidays, including the mother of all get-togethers &mdash; Thanksgiving. Before the big day, thousands of people pack their bags and travel around the country to be with family and friends, leaving homes and pets in need of caretakers. And that's when you can step in and make a nice chunk of change.</p> <p>Put an ad up on Craigslist, or make your services known on an app like <a href="https://nextdoor.com/login/" target="_blank">Nextdoor</a>, <a href="https://www.rover.com" target="_blank">Rover</a>, or <a href="https://dogvacay.com/" target="_blank">DogVacay</a>. Obviously, you will want to get a group of solid references together; people are not going to entrust their home, valuables, and pets to a complete stranger without some great reviews. And if you have done this kind of thing before, even better.</p> <p>The owners may want to do a background check on you, and you should be willing to help pay for that. However, for just a few days of work doing basically nothing, you can net $250&ndash;$300 easily. It can be a lot more if there are many pets to look after. And if you need to be walking the dogs, too, that can also add to your fee. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-400-a-week-as-a-pet-sitter?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Make $400+ a Week as a Pet Sitter</a>)</p> <h2>5. In-store gift wrapping</h2> <p>Are your gift-wrapping skills the envy of your family and friends? Can you wrap all sorts of gifts, including those with weird shapes and sizes? Are you OK standing on your feet for almost the whole day? If you were nodding your head through that whole intro, you could pick up some great seasonal work as a gift wrap associate in one of the many stores in the mall.</p> <p>This time of year, free gift wrapping is a big lure for shoppers. Department stores, toy stores, and lingerie stores in particular love to offer free gift wrapping, and you can make $10&ndash;$12 per hour, plus tips, for providing this much-appreciated service.</p> <p>You will have to perform under pressure at times, especially during Black Friday and the week before Christmas, and you may also have to smile through the comments of irate customers. But if none of this phases you, you can make enough money to easily cover your own holiday spending.</p> <h2>6. Warehouse associate</h2> <p>As the demand for products increases toward the end of the year, many companies take on part-time warehouse associates to help out. From Amazon and Walmart, to UPS and FedEx, the type of job you will be doing varies from company to company.</p> <p>For example, Amazon warehouse workers could be selecting and boxing up groceries for their Fresh and Pantry services, or packing up regular orders from its massive inventory. Amazon fulfillment centers are located in many states around the country, and chances are your state has one already, or one is coming soon.</p> <p>Although it is part time work, the flexible hours may not be an ideal match if you have a current full time job. This is shift work, and working from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. is common. Also, you'll need to dress warm in some states, as the warehouses can get pretty cold. You'll also be expected to lift around 50 lbs. with ease, and as this is a very physical job, you should be in fairly good shape. You can expect to earn around $10&ndash;$12 per hour, plus you'll probably get overtime pay and other benefits.</p> <h2>7. Uber or Lyft driver</h2> <p>A lot of people are already doing the &quot;taxi driver in my spare time&quot; gig, but things get really busy during the holiday season. Additional drivers are always going to be welcome, especially this time of year. So if you have a car that's in good condition, reliable, and you don't mind putting on extra miles and wear, you should consider the Uber and Lyft option around the holidays.</p> <p><a href="https://uber.7eer.net/c/27771/207645/3437?sharedid=000_wisebread.com" target="_blank">Uber</a> and Lyft drivers make around $15 per hour, and Lyft offers weekly income guarantees that vary by city. You should be prepared to work most evenings and weekends leading up to the end of the year, and even with all the extra cabs on the roads, you can still expect to take advantage of surge pricing and make a handsome profit.</p> <p>On Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve, it's not unusual to see the fares surge by six or seven times. And on New Year's Eve, people have paid 10 times the normal fare to get home. That's $300 for a cab that would usually cost $30. Do a few of those and you're really in the money.</p> <p>If you prefer not to chauffeur, Uber also offers the Uber Eats service. That would simply mean picking up and dropping off food without ever having anyone in your car. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-more-money-as-an-uber-driver?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Make More Money as an Uber Driver</a>)</p> <h2>8. Mystery shopping</h2> <p>With the holiday season comes a massive influx of traffic to brick and mortar stores nationwide. And to ensure standards are kept high, these businesses employ mystery shoppers to evaluate and report back.</p> <p>If you aren't familiar with the role, mystery shopping is a job that you do in your spare time, based on assignments sent to you by companies as varied as grocery stores, car dealerships, restaurants, and even liquor outlets. You will shop at the store like a regular customer, and never reveal your intentions to the employees. You make a purchase, interact with the staff, and report your findings to the company that employed you. You will be reimbursed for the item you purchased (there will be a limit based on the store you're in) plus additional money for your time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/check-out-these-5-legit-mystery-shopping-gigs?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Check Out These 5 Legit Mystery Shopping Gigs</a>)</p> <p>You can have a lot of fun getting paid to do things most people have to pay money to do. However, there are plenty of scams out there, so make sure you register with a legitimate <a href="http://www.mspa-na.org/" target="_blank">Mystery Shopping Providers Association of North America</a> member.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Seasonal%20Side%20Hustles%20That%27ll%20Cover%20Your%20Holiday%20Spending.jpg" alt="8 Seasonal Side Hustles That'll Cover Your Holiday Spending" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-seasonal-side-hustles-thatll-cover-your-holiday-spending">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Many of my friends and I have discovered dishes that are crowd-pleasers for everyone at Thanksgiving, whether or not our guests eat meat. Here are some of my favorites to make and serve. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso" target="_blank">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>1. Crustless quiche</h2> <p>I love a good quiche whether it's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This <a href="http://bojongourmet.com/2014/03/potato-and-green-garlic-crustless/" target="_blank">crustless quiche</a> from the excellent food blog The Bojon Gourmet heightens the humble dish with a succulent combination of potato, goat cheese, Gruyère, and chives. Because it's made in a cast iron skillet, it gets a crunchy crust of its own during the cooking process without needing to add the calories of a proper crust. This leaves you more room for the other delicious goodies on the table!</p> <h2>2. Stuffed butternut squash</h2> <p>Butternut squash is one of my very favorite fall harvest vegetables. To make it extra special for Thanksgiving, take a page from the Pickles &amp; Honey blog and stuff it with a <a href="http://www.picklesnhoney.com/2014/11/10/stuffed-butternut-squash-eat-clean-live-well/" target="_blank">tempeh and rice</a> mixture that makes it even more satisfying! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-squash-recipes-for-fall?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Easy Squash Recipes for Fall</a>)</p> <h2>3. Acorn squash with walnuts and cranberries</h2> <p>Can't get enough squash during the holidays? Me neither. One of the things I love best about the marvelous varieties of this vegetable is that they can be sweet or savory. Here's one that's yummy enough to be a main dish or a dessert. The gooey combination stuffing of <a href="http://letthebakingbeginblog.com/2012/10/acorn-squash-with-walnuts-cranberry/" target="_blank">walnuts and cranberries</a> makes this one a wholesome sweet treat for everyone!</p> <h2>4. Savory sweet potato gnocchi</h2> <p>Gnocchi is one of my favorite pasta dishes. This recipe from Salt &amp; Wind is one that's both savory and sweet. The sweet comes from the <a href="http://saltandwind.com/recipes/50-sweet-potato-gnocchi-with-balsamic-sage-brown-butter-recipe" target="_blank">sweet potato gnocchi</a>, and the savory comes from the brown butter, balsamic vinegar, and sage. No time to make gnocchi from scratch? No problem. Pick up some pre-made or frozen gnocchi, and just prepare the sauce from this recipe.</p> <h2>5. Vegan veggie wraps</h2> <p>Give the vegetarians at your table some fun with these <a href="https://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-thanksgiving-wraps/" target="_blank">vegan veggie wraps</a>. They are a perfect blend of flavorful roasted chickpeas and sweet potatoes wrapped up in a pillowy soft flatbread with a silky sauce. Plus they are super cute and easy to prep and serve. You can substitute any roasted root vegetable for the sweet potato.</p> <h2>6. Brussels sprouts and root vegetables</h2> <p>Take the bitterness of <a href="http://juliasalbum.com/2015/10/roasted-brussels-sprouts-cinnamon-butternut-squash-pecans-and-cranberries/" target="_blank">Brussels sprouts</a>, the heartiness of any root vegetable combination, the crunch of pecans, and the sweetness of cranberries and cinnamon. Put it all together and you get this masterpiece from Julia's Album. Even though this one uses butternut squash, you could use any roasted root vegetable, or a combination of them for more variety.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Vegetarian%2520Thanksgiving%2520Dishes%2520That%2520Hold%2520Their%2520Own%2520With%2520Turkey.jpg&amp;description=5%20Money%20Moves%20to%20Make%20Before%20Taking%20a%20Mini%20Retirement"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Vegetarian%20Thanksgiving%20Dishes%20That%20Hold%20Their%20Own%20With%20Turkey.jpg" alt="6 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes That Hold Their Own With Turkey" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-make-money-on-thanksgiving">11 Ways to Make Money on Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-give-back-this-thanksgiving">7 Easy Ways to Give Back This Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-simple-frugal-recipes-for-leftover-turkey">5 Creative, Simple, and Frugal Recipes for Leftover Turkey</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0">7 Things a Thanksgiving Turkey Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Lifestyle Holidays recipes side dishes Thanksgiving thanksgiving dinner thanksgiving turkey vegetarian vegetarian dishes Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:00:06 +0000 Christa Avampato 2039989 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cozy_christmas_at_home.jpg" alt="Cozy Christmas at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's almost that time of year again. You know, the most wonderful time of year. Or, if you're like me, the time when you feel like you run a marathon for months and never, ever stop.</p> <p>During the holiday season, it's especially important to find a way to take a breather. After all, you want to remember these days as some of the best, right? And what better way to do that than to cut the crazy, and find a way to really relax and enjoy yourself?</p> <h2>1. Take a breath</h2> <p>No, you don't have to take up meditation. But even stopping for two or three breaths when you start to feel stressed can help you recenter. I know someone who goes so far as to set alarms on her exercise tracker every two or three hours. When her wrist buzzes, she finds a place where she can take a few deep breaths. She swears it makes her healthier and happier. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a>)</p> <h2>2. Plan fewer activities</h2> <p>There are a million things to do over the holiday season. If you try to do them all, though, you'll discover that they stop being fun and become stressful instead. So pick a few things, maybe the ones you're most excited about or the ones you think your family will love, and do only those. If you want to do something more, there's always next year. Limiting the number of things you commit to will reduce your stress.</p> <h2>3. Schedule intimate gatherings</h2> <p>When you really want to talk to someone, there's no better way to achieve that than to plan a small, intimate holiday get-together, rather than a huge bustling party. Have a few interesting people over, offer some simple refreshments, and really get to know the people in your life. It's so much less stressful than planning a huge party! You can even do this several times, with different people, if you have a lot of friends you'd like to entertain this season.</p> <h2>4. Play music</h2> <p>Whether you love traditional holiday music or not, it's likely you can find something that is both in the holiday spirit and that reduces your stress levels. You may not want to keep it on all the time, but finding a way to incorporate holiday music into your daily life should not only get you a little more into the holiday spirit, but can also help you feel more relaxed and excited about the season. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-choose-the-best-streaming-music-service-for-you?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Choose the Best Streaming Music Service for You</a>)</p> <h2>5. Shop early</h2> <p>Buying your holiday gifts late can be incredibly stressful. The lines are longer, there are more people to contend with, and popular gifts can be harder to find. While it takes a bit of planning and some storage space, shopping early helps you avoid all of these hectic moments. Even if you love the rush of last-minute holiday gift-buying, you can plan your lists now and buy some items that might be impossible to find later. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-start-your-holiday-shopping-now?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Reasons You Should Start Your Holiday Shopping Now</a>)</p> <h2>6. Take some time off</h2> <p>Depending on your job, taking time off right around the holidays can be almost impossible. But if you have the vacation days, it's worth taking a few sometime during the season to make time to chill. If nothing else, use a couple of vacation days just to get stuff done. That way, you don't have to fit everything in around work and the rest of your hectic holiday schedule.</p> <h2>7. Make time to exercise</h2> <p>When you're running around like crazy, fitting in exercise can feel like just one more difficult thing you have to do. Since exercise reduces stress, though, it may be one of the most important things that you do this holiday season. You don't have to find time for a killer gym workout, either. A 20-30 minute walk, even on a treadmill, will do you good. Make exercise a habit during the holidays, and beat some of the stress that comes with the season.</p> <h2>8. Get outside</h2> <p>Unfortunately, one of the most stressful times of the year goes hand in hand with one of the darkest times of the year. This is important because time spent out in natural light helps the body produce vitamin D, which is key to helping us deal with stress. Whenever possible, spend a few minutes each day outside. If you can't stand the cold, take some vitamin D supplements so your body has what it needs to be able to battle stress.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Ways%2520to%2520Actually%2520Relax%2520Over%2520the%2520Holidays.jpg&amp;description=8%20Ways%20to%20Actually%20Relax%20Over%20the%20Holidays"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Ways%20to%20Actually%20Relax%20Over%20the%20Holidays.jpg" alt="8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle Christmas get enough sleep holiday travel Holidays mental health self-care stress stress-free Thanksgiving Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2039985 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Easy Ways to Give Back This Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-give-back-this-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-easy-ways-to-give-back-this-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/little_girl_hugging_father_thanksgiving_celebration_concept.jpg" alt="Little Girl Hugging Father Thanksgiving Celebration Concept" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanksgiving is coming, and though we should keep helping others in mind all year, the holidays are a special reminder to take care of our community. Here are seven easy ways to give back this Thanksgiving. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-the-world-better-with-these-17-free-ways-to-give-back?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Make the World Better With These 17 Free Ways to Give Back</a>)</p> <h2>1. Buy a pre-packed bag at your local grocery store</h2> <p>While you're in your grocery store, you'll likely find pre-packed bags of food that the grocery store will deliver to people in need. Just say you want to add it to your grocery bill, pay for it with your groceries, and the store takes care of the rest! To find out if your grocery store offers this program, just stop by the customer service desk on your next trip.</p> <h2>2. Contact your local food bank</h2> <p>Your local food bank is one of the major sources of food for those in need throughout the year. They often have special holiday donation drives, and they are usually able to find a major donor or corporate sponsor that will match any donations during this time of year. Reach out to your local food bank and ask about any special holiday programs they are running.</p> <p>Remember, your monetary donation will go a lot further than bringing food to your local food bank because the food bank buys exactly what they need at wholesale prices that are cheaper than what we pay at the grocery store. Also, if you have a little extra time, offer to volunteer for a shift at your local food bank. They always need help during the holidays. This is a great activity to do solo, with a group of friends or coworkers, or with kids. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-charities-you-can-trust-with-your-holiday-donations?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Charities You Can Trust With Your Holiday Donations</a>)</p> <h2>3. Ask your employer about special holiday programs</h2> <p>Many employers go the extra mile during the holidays. Get in touch with your corporate philanthropy or human resources department to ask about any special holiday programs to give back to the community. Many workplaces match the donations of their employees, provide a certain amount of hours that employees can take off to volunteer throughout the year, and organize team bonding activities that involve local volunteering.</p> <h2>4. Find Amazon wish lists</h2> <p>Many nonprofits have started setting up Amazon wish lists. Last year, I bought needed items from the Amazon wishlist of a homeless shelter in my city. I paid for the items that they needed, Amazon shipped the items directly to the shelter, and then the shelter sent me an acknowledgment letter a few weeks later. It's as easy as that! Contact a nonprofit you love and find out if they have an Amazon wishlist. And if they don't, encourage them to create one! You can also search for a nonprofit's existing Amazon wishlist right on Amazon's site.</p> <h2>5. Be a layaway Santa</h2> <p>Layaway is still a service widely used by people who are on limited incomes and have thin credit files. Next time you're at a store, ask if they have a layaway service, go to the customer service desk, and anonymously put money toward someone's layaway items. Then encourage your friends and family to be layaway Santas, too.</p> <h2>6. Go the extra mile right where you are</h2> <p>Going out to eat, getting your haircut, or ordering food delivery? Add a bigger tip beyond what you normally give. People in the service industry work hard all year, especially during the holidays, and anything extra that you give for great service is always appreciated.</p> <h2>7. Be kinder</h2> <p>We can all use some extra encouragement. Anonymously leave a note with an inspirational quote or compliment on someone's windshield or doorstep in your neighborhood. You may never know how much it means to someone. And just be friendlier in everyday life. Smile, say good morning, hold doors open, or offer to carry someone's heavy bags while holiday shopping. A little kindness goes a long way and it's so easy to offer!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-easy-ways-to-give-back-this-thanksgiving&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Easy%2520Ways%2520to%2520Give%2520Back%2520This%2520Thanksgiving.jpg&amp;description=7%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Give%20Back%20This%20Thanksgiving"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Give%20Back%20This%20Thanksgiving.jpg" alt="7 Easy Ways to Give Back This Thanksgiving" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-give-back-this-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-the-world-better-with-these-17-free-ways-to-give-back">Make the World Better With These 17 Free Ways to Give Back</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey">6 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes That Hold Their Own With Turkey</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-organizations-that-need-your-help-during-christmas">7 Organizations That Need Your Help During Christmas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-make-money-on-thanksgiving">11 Ways to Make Money on Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-halloween-treats-you-can-make-in-an-instant-pot">9 Halloween Treats You Can Make in an Instant Pot</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Lifestyle charity give back holiday season Holidays Thanksgiving volunteering Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Christa Avampato 2040126 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 52 Ways to Keep Your Finances Fit During the Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-52-ways-to-keep-your-finances-fit-during-the-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-52-ways-to-keep-your-finances-fit-during-the-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/christmas_jar_coins_500639910.jpg" alt="Keeping finances fit during the holidays" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The holidays are coming, and with that comes a serious budgeting struggle. You want to get the right gifts, the right food, the right decorations, and you don't want to spend too much money on any of it. Many of us end up with a pile of debt at the end of the holiday season, but this year, don't let it happen to you.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/couple_christmas_shopping_51383450.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-smart-money-moves-to-make-before-the-holiday-season-begins?ref=fbf" target="_blank">9 Smart Money Moves to Make Before the Holiday Season Begins</a> &mdash; The best way to get started is to tackle that worm as the early birds do and make a plan immediately. Set a budget, save money while you can, and go into the holiday season with a savvy strategy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-moves-you-can-make-while-stuck-in-an-endless-tsa-line?ref=fbf" target="_blank">6 Money Moves You Can Make While Stuck in an Endless TSA Line</a> &mdash; Most likely, you'll travel during the holiday season to see family members and spread that holiday cheer. This means that you'll probably end up at the airport, facing delays and long security lines. These money moves are so easy, you can make them while you wait.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/happy_young_woman_depositing_money_into_her_piggy_bank.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-tidy-up-your-finances-before-the-holidays?ref=fbf" target="_blank">10 Ways to Tidy Up Your Finances Before the Holidays</a> &mdash; Another way to keep your money from becoming a mess is to tidy them up before the snow starts to fall. In addition to coming up with a holiday financial strategy, you should organize your bills, shred financial documents as needed, track receipts, and get a clear picture of the ways you currently spend money before you start spending more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holidays-to-teach-kids-about-money?ref=fbf" target="_blank">How to Use the Holidays to Teach Kids About Money</a> &mdash; Take this opportunity to get the kids involved in your financial planning this season, as it will help them understand the value of a dollar and that everything comes at a price.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/christmas-gift-wrapping-515521261-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-festive-ways-to-make-extra-money-for-the-holidays?ref=fbf" target="_blank">16 Festive Ways to Make Extra Money for the Holidays</a> &mdash; The best way to keep your money neat this season is to bring in more of it to balance out your spending. If you have some free time and can take on a side hustle, you might end up breaking even by New Year's!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/winter-is-coming-make-these-6-money-moves-now?ref=fbf" target="_blank">Winter Is Coming: Make These 6 Money Moves Now</a> &mdash; With the arrival of Santa and spiked eggnog comes snow and necessary home care. You need to get your pipes, tires, and roof ready to weather the white fluffy stuff, so you can avoid any pricey winter surprises in the dead of chilly season.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-52-ways-to-keep-your-finances-fit-during-the-holidays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holidays-to-teach-kids-about-money">How to Use the Holidays to Teach Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-50-money-moves-you-need-to-make-when-big-changes-happen">Flashback Friday: 50 Money Moves You Need to Make When Big Changes Happen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-52-money-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making">Flashback Friday: 52 Money Mistakes You Need to Stop Making</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-using-these-5-excuses-not-to-budget">Stop Using These 5 Excuses Not to Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-tidy-up-your-finances-before-the-holidays">10 Ways to Tidy Up Your Finances Before the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Budgeting budgeting tips Christmas fbf flashback friday Holidays money moves Thanksgiving Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 2035918 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Use the Holidays to Teach Kids About Money http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holidays-to-teach-kids-about-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-use-the-holidays-to-teach-kids-about-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/halloween_is_here.jpg" alt="Halloween is here" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My kids love the holidays. They plan their Halloween costumes as early as March; they ask to help make pumpkin pie the moment there's even a hint of chill in the air; and they have Hanukkah wish lists going nearly year-round.</p> <p>My husband and I get a kick out of their enthusiasm. It helps us remember the holiday magic we felt as children. But in addition to being fun and meaningful traditions, holidays also offer parents the opportunity to teach their kids about money.</p> <p>Before this year's holiday season kicks into high gear, consider using the occasions to teach your kids the following lessons about managing money:</p> <h2>Halloween</h2> <p>Your kids' favorite candy-based holiday provides you with several ways to teach important money management skills.</p> <h3>Costume budgeting</h3> <p>Whether you are footing the bill for your child's costume or you are asking them to use their own money, start by setting a dollar limit on the amount they can spend and offer to help them shop around. These limits will help your child understand the trade-offs they will have to make to stay within a budget.</p> <p>For instance, your daughter might find that the Wonder Woman costume at the local party store would blow her budget &mdash; but she could save money by stenciling Diana Prince's WW logo on a red T-shirt she already owns and adding white star stickers to a pair of blue shorts or a blue skirt. Recognizing that she could spend either money or time is an important part of learning to budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-simple-and-cheap-halloween-costumes-for-kids?ref=seealso" target="_blank">20 Simple and Cheap Halloween Costumes for Kids</a>)</p> <h3>Candy negotiations</h3> <p>Not every candy in your child's trick-or-treat bag can be a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup or a Snickers. There's bound to be some candy corn, Good &amp; Plenty, or even just Dum Dums that your kids aren't particularly interested in. You can help them to learn the value of negotiation by fostering candy exchanges.</p> <p>After they've finished with trick-or-treating, encourage your kids to trade with each other. These candy swaps can help your kids figure out just how much they value coveted candy. Is another Mars Bar worth three Twizzlers? Just how many Tootsie Rolls are equivalent to a Blow Pop? This kind of negotiation can help your kids learn how to compromise and determine what they value.</p> <h2>Thanksgiving</h2> <p>Thanksgiving is a time for family, but it can also provide your kids with an excellent opportunity to learn about the importance of tracking your expenses.</p> <h3>Track spending</h3> <p>The average household spent $342 over Thanksgiving weekend in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. You can involve your kids in your Thanksgiving expenditures by asking them to keep a running tally of your spending for the holiday.</p> <p>Save your receipts from any Thanksgiving-related expenditures &mdash; everything from your purchase of pumpkin pie fixings, to the gas station fill-up on the way to Grandma's house, to the 75 percent off fitness tracker you bought for Aunt Sue on Black Friday. Hand over the receipts to your child so they can keep careful track of just how much Thanksgiving will cost you this year.</p> <p>Not only will this exercise in tracking your household spending help your kids to practice their math skills, but it will also help them see just how quickly expenses can add up.</p> <h2>Christmas and Hanukkah</h2> <p>Kids get understandably excited about the gift aspect of Christmas and Hanukkah, but these holidays are also a perfect opportunity to teach them how to manage their money.</p> <h3>Gift budgeting</h3> <p>It's so easy to go overboard when buying gifts for loved ones, and it's important for children to learn that you can give presents without breaking the bank. Even very young children can help you to create a list of everyone you want to give a present to. From there, decide on the amount of money you can afford to spend per person. Older children who will be buying their own presents for family can make this decision themselves, with your help. Younger kids can help by writing down the dollar amount you can spend.</p> <p>You can then start brainstorming gift possibilities. Have your kids comparison shop for prices or figure out alternatives if certain gifts aren't in the budget. This exercise can help your kids understand that generosity and spending too much aren't synonymous.</p> <h3>Wants and needs</h3> <p>Holidays can often be a time of excess, which means it can be tough for kids to recognize the difference between their wants and their needs. One way parents can help their kids learn those differences is to institute the Four Gift Rule. With this rule, each child receives:</p> <ol style="margin-left: 40px;"> <li> <p>Something they want.</p> </li> <li> <p>Something they need.</p> </li> <li> <p>Something to wear.</p> </li> <li> <p>Something to read.</p> </li> </ol> <p>Limiting your children's wish lists to four distinct categories helps your kids focus on the things that they truly need and the wants that they value most. You can make it clear to your kids that they can put more than one item in each category, but that they will only receive one present from each category.</p> <p>Not only will this system help save you money and time, but it will help your kids keep their gift expectations reasonable.</p> <h2>Holidays, with a side of money management</h2> <p>Enjoying the holiday season with your children is a perfect time to teach them some of the finer points of budgeting, negotiation, money management, and managing expectations.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-use-the-holidays-to-teach-kids-about-money&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Use%2520the%2520Holidays%2520to%2520Teach%2520Kids%2520About%2520Money.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Use%20the%20Holidays%20to%20Teach%20Kids%20About%20Money"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Use%20the%20Holidays%20to%20Teach%20Kids%20About%20Money.jpg" alt="How to Use the Holidays to Teach Kids About Money" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holidays-to-teach-kids-about-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Ultimately, all that matters is that you are surrounded by loved ones as you ingest large amounts of food. But just in case you need some Turkey Day support, here are our 58 best Thanksgiving hacks ever.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thanksgiving_dinner_000072009501.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot?ref=fbf">11 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot</a> &mdash; There are few things better than a Crockpot meal. You toss in the ingredients, stir occasionally, and just let it do its thing all day. That's why Thanksgiving is the perfect day to bust out your trusty slow cooker. And if you have more than one, you can cook multiple dishes!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving?ref=fbf">10 Things You'll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; Along with things you need to buy and bake this Thanksgiving, it's important know what you shouldn't even bother buying. Wasting cash on centerpieces and name-brand ingredients are just a couple areas you can cut right out of your budget.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/shopping-for-pumpkins.png" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-on-your-thanksgiving-celebrations?ref=fbf">9 Ways to Save on Your Thanksgiving Celebrations</a> &mdash; Want to save big bucks on Thanksgiving essentials? You can shop secondhand for table decor, roast a chicken instead of a turkey, create your own DIY centerpieces, and more! Because this is a feast that should always be financially feasible.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-alternative-ways-to-do-thanksgiving?ref=fbf">6 Alternative Ways to Do Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; If you're tired of the same old football-and-massive-dinner routine on Thanksgiving, consider shaking things up this year. Plan a weekend getaway, volunteer, sign up for a local turkey trot race, etc. In order to really enjoy this holiday, you need to make it your own.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thanksgiving_leftover_pie_000077749959.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers?ref=fbf">17 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers</a> &mdash; The only thing better than the classic Thanksgiving feast? The leftovers! And instead of just a massive turkey sandwich the next day, give these Turkey Day leftover recipes a try.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip?ref=fbf">5 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Skip</a> &mdash; We are creatures of habit. Once the last Thursday of November rolls around, we're programmed to stuff ourselves with turkey while watching the parade and napping before we head out for Black Friday shopping. But you can actually skip all of those things and still have a blast! Here's how.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner">Flashback Friday: 47 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Dinner</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-reasons-to-be-done-with-summer-and-get-excited-for-fall">Flashback Friday: 84 Reasons to Be Done With Summer and Get Excited for Fall</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-160-gift-ideas-for-everyone-you-know">Flashback Friday: 160 Gift Ideas for Everyone You Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink cooking hacks flashback friday frugal living shopping tbt Thanksgiving throwback thursday turkey day Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:30:06 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1839703 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Things a Thanksgiving Turkey Teaches Us About Money http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-493115518.jpg" alt="we can learn a lot about money from the thanksgiving turkey" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's that time of year again, and many of us will indulge in the traditional Thanksgiving turkey feast with all the trimmings. As you're prepping the bird, and basting it, you may not consider that the humble Thanksgiving turkey has a few lessons to teach us about money. But, there are a number of ways this tasty bird can give us insights into the economy, and our own financial situations.</p> <h2>1. Your Chances of Winning the Lottery Are Very Slim</h2> <p>According to the National Turkey Federation, <a href="http://www.eatturkey.com/why-turkey/history">233.1 million turkeys were raised</a> in the USA in 2015. Roughly 46 million of those are eaten at Thanksgiving, with another 22 million at Christmas. And as you may be aware, once a year (since 1947) the President pardons one of these turkeys destined for the dinner table. The simple math there is that, as a turkey, you have a roughly one in 233 million chance to win the turkey lottery, and live a long, happy life. The lottery humans often partake in has similar odds. Actually, they're a little worse. If you play the <a href="http://www.lotteryusa.com/powerball/">Powerball</a>, the odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 292 million. Longer odds than the average turkey has of being spared. Remember that the next time you buy your ticket&hellip; your chances of winning are worse than being chosen as the turkey to be pardoned by the President.</p> <h2>2. You Can Lose Everything in an Instant</h2> <p>The Thanksgiving turkey is fed and housed from day one. Perhaps not in ideal conditions, but from the day it is born, it's given everything it needs to grow and become the plump turkey that most of us look forward to on Thanksgiving. Of course, for the turkey, it's not a happy ending. After months of daily feedings, just when it is at its biggest, the blade drops and it's all over.</p> <p>This is much like the stock market, the housing crash, our careers, and many other aspects of our lives. All too often, our assets are steadily rising, and when we are at our most confident, the rug is pulled out from under us. Stocks crash. House prices plummet. Jobs are eliminated, and people are left with a bleak future when it was looking very rosy just the day before. And in the blink of an eye, our fortunes have reversed, and we're in serious trouble. Like the Thanksgiving turkey, we can very easily spend most of the year blissfully unaware that doom is just around the corner.</p> <h2>3. Keep a Close Eye on Things</h2> <p>You know the story. You put the juicy bird in the oven, forget about it for a few hours, and then realize it's been way too long. You go back to the oven, and pull out a turkey with all the tenderness of a piece of stale beef jerky. The same rule applies to money. Watch it&hellip;carefully. Or pay a professional to do it for you. Check in on your bank accounts daily. You want to look not only at the balances, and any bills coming out, but also for any unusual debits. Quite often, compromised bank accounts will be tested with very small charges; usually under one dollar. If they go unnoticed, a large amount will be taken at a later date. You also need to keep an eye on your stocks and bonds, your savings, and your other assets and liabilities.</p> <h2>4. Preparation Is a Must</h2> <p>A few days before Thanksgiving, if you're smart, you'll brine your turkey. It's a simple enough procedure, and involves soaking the turkey for at least 24 hours in a solution of broth, salt, herbs, spices, and ice water. This preparation ensures a moist, tasty turkey after all those hours in the oven or the fryer.</p> <p>Just like the turkey, you need to prepare for the future. In the short term, look at your emergency fund. Is it enough? Do you even have one? Can you cut a few expenses out of your budget now to start building up that safety net? The more distant future, that requires preparation as well. What are you doing to plan for retirement? Do you have a 401K or IRA? Are you setting aside enough money now to grow? Preparing your finances for both short and long-term goals is something we all have to do.</p> <h2>5. When Supply Outpaces Demand, Prices Drop</h2> <p>You may think that the prices of turkeys go up in November, as this is the time most families want to buy one. Well, that couldn't be further from the truth. As the <em>NYTimes</em> illustrates, <a href="http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/turkey-economics-annotated/?_r=0">prices for turkeys nosedive in November</a> by a staggering amount. In fact, a Thanksgiving turkey is about 20% cheaper than a turkey sold in January. Why is that? The simple answer is that <a href="http://www.marottaonmoney.com/the-economics-of-a-thanksgiving-turkey/">supply during November is plentiful</a>. Turkeys can be frozen and kept in storage for up to two years. This stockpile of turkeys flood the market in November, and when you have a glut of anything, the prices drop. Not only that, but customers expect to pay less for turkey during Thanksgiving, and many stores sell turkeys at a loss (known as a loss leader) to bring you into the store and shop for other goods that have a decent profit margin.</p> <h2>6. You Can't Grow Your Future on a Weak Foundation</h2> <p>Modern turkeys have been bred and modified to create the &quot;perfect&quot; Thanksgiving turkey. But sadly, what is good for us as consumers is not good for the turkeys. They grow way too quickly, and as they have been bred to have large breasts, their flimsy legs often get crippled under the weight. This rather depressing fact is just as gloomy for your finances. You need a solid foundation, with slow, steady growth to succeed. You cannot create a healthy financial future if you are being crippled by debt, or are looking into &quot;get rich quick&quot; schemes that never, ever work the way they say they will.</p> <h2>7. Know Your Limits</h2> <p>How many of us bite off way more than we can chew at Thanksgiving? We load up the plate with turkey and gravy, wash it down with a glass or two of wine or cider, and spend two hours in a food coma on the sofa. Overindulgence and the Thanksgiving turkey go hand in hand. And while recovering from that is simply a case of sleeping it off, when we overindulge with our money, the consequences are much greater. By refusing to acknowledge our limits, we can quickly and easily end up with serious debts. Gambling and other addictions can lead us into ruin. And the simple case of &quot;my eyes being bigger than my belly&quot; can lead to food shopping sprees that result in fridges and pantries full of food that will expire before we get the chance to use them. Like the Thanksgiving feast, we should all take caution with what we put onto our plates.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holidays-to-teach-kids-about-money">How to Use the Holidays to Teach Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey">6 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes That Hold Their Own With Turkey</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever">Throwback Thursday: 58 Best Thanksgiving Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-simple-frugal-recipes-for-leftover-turkey">5 Creative, Simple, and Frugal Recipes for Leftover Turkey</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink budgeting Holidays money lessons Thanksgiving thanksgiving feast thanksgiving turkey turkey day Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 1839208 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Old Holiday Traditions We Can't Believe Ever Existed http://www.wisebread.com/8-old-holiday-traditions-we-cant-believe-ever-existed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-old-holiday-traditions-we-cant-believe-ever-existed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-157689386.jpg" alt="we can&#039;t believe these old holiday traditions" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We like to think of the holidays as a time when we return to time-honored traditions, but the truth is that traditions change over the years. Ask your grandparents on Thanksgiving if they spent the day the same way you do now, and you may hear some surprising stories. They might have taken to the streets wearing masks, believe it or not. And if your elders immigrated from Europe, they might tell you about the Christmas Spider, who spread holiday cheer all over the world. Yeah.</p> <p>And that's not all. Here are some of the craziest old holiday traditions we could find.</p> <h2>Thanksgiving</h2> <p>Think shopping is the weirdest thing anyone has ever done on Turkey Day? Even the newest holiday on the calendar has plenty of oddities in its past.</p> <h3>1. Pray All Day</h3> <p>You might spend the fourth Thursday in November watching football and eating, but the holiday's concept springs from Calvinist Thanksgivings, which were days set aside for <a href="http://www.plimoth.org/learn/multimedia-reference-library/read-articles-and-writings/thanksgiving-history">nonstop prayer</a>. These weren't annual events. They were not to be held on Sunday &mdash; which could be why we celebrate Thanksgiving on a weekday.</p> <p>When the first national Thanksgiving was announced in 1777, the <a href="http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/pdf/TG_First_National_Thanksgiving_Proclamation_1777.pdf">Continental Congress</a> specified that no &quot;recreation&quot; was allowed; instead folks should devote the time off to &quot;Confession of their manifold Sins.&quot;</p> <h3>2. Fast, Not Feast</h3> <p>Sometimes a Thanksgiving was set aside as a feast day, but other times for eating nothing at all. After the Union victory at Gettysburg, President Lincoln <a href="http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln99.html">set aside the last Thursday of September</a> of 1863 as &quot;a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting for all the people of the nation.&quot; Later that year, Lincoln declared another Thanksgiving, during which grateful northerners fed turkey dinners to troops.</p> <h3>3. Masquerade</h3> <p>Going out to the mall on Thanksgiving Day is seen as breaking the tradition of spending it at home with family, but surprisingly, it was once popular to take to the streets on T-Day. Not to shop, but to <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/theprotojournalist/2014/11/19/365195079/when-thanksgiving-was-weird">show off your festive mask</a>.</p> <p>&quot;The chief feature of the day was the street charivari,&quot; reads an 1899 New York Times article. Charivari? Pronounced &quot;shivery,&quot; a charivari is a rowdy masked parade. Masks depicted everything from fictional characters to caricatures of ethnicities: &quot;Fausts, Filipinos, Mephistos, Boers, Uncle Sams &hellip;&quot; There were also boys in drag.</p> <h3>4. Dressing Up as Native Americans</h3> <p>When I was a child, my kindergarten teacher set up a teepee in our classroom, and we donned headdresses and banged drums. Luckily, most schools have at least toned down this inaccurate and offensive cultural appropriation, and many <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-11-22/news/0311220160_1_native-americans-costumes-stereotypes">schools have eliminated</a> any trace of pilgrim and Native American costumes or craft projects.</p> <h2>Christmas</h2> <p>Leaving veggies out for Santa's reindeer might seem like a strange modern tradition, but oh boy, old school traditions were so much weirder.</p> <h3>5. Santa's Sidekicks</h3> <p>In modern America, usually only benevolent Santa Claus surveilles child behavior. But in Europe, a tradition dating back hundreds of years gives St. Nick a darker counterpart, half-goat, half-man <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131217-krampus-christmas-santa-devil/">Krampus</a>, who punishes children that don't make Santa's &quot;nice&quot; list. In the Netherlands even today, Santa arrives with a helper called <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/11996588/Dutch-Black-Pete-makes-annual-arrival-to-howls-of-protest.html">Black Piet</a>, who, despite growing protests and an obvious level of offensiveness, is a white person in blackface. Other European countries also have bizarre St. Nick helpers, including &quot;The Whipping Father&quot; in France.</p> <h3>6. Candles on the Tree</h3> <p>As if bringing a dead tree into your living room isn't enough of a <a href="http://wrfmc.com/Fire_Museum/Fire_Safety_files/Holiday%20Fire%20Safety%20Tips.pdf">fire hazard</a> &mdash; the original twinkling holiday lights were flaming candles, and were all the rage in <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/26585/brief-history-christmas-tree-lights">Germany in the 1600s</a>.</p> <p>Wasn't that dangerous? Oh yes. A Chicago hospital burned to the ground because of tree candles, and in 1908 insurance companies tried to ban them.</p> <h3>7. O Holy Fright</h3> <p>Folks in Eastern Europe have seen hard times &mdash; sometimes so hard that families could not afford to decorate the holiday tree. Not to worry! The <a href="http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/trees.shtml">Christmas spider</a> will cover it with cobwebs, which ideally the magic of Christmas transforms into silver and gold tinsel by morning. It's not recorded whether children would leave a plate of dead bugs for the Christmas spider to snack on.</p> <h3>8. J-E-L-L- Oh Heck No</h3> <p>In the '50s and '60s, gelatin molds were all the rage, leading disturbing &quot;festive&quot; meal items such as the <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/truly-horrifying-vintage-holiday-recipes?utm_term=.jkVz4Mbmj#.vqnJdeZRP">Vegetable and Tuna Jell-O Wreath</a>. Then there's this <a href="http://www.foodtimeline.org/christmasmenu.html#50christmas">1956 &quot;red&quot; themed dinner menu</a> that includes &quot;salmon pudding.&quot; Yikes.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-old-holiday-traditions-we-cant-believe-ever-existed">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holidays-to-teach-kids-about-money">How to Use the Holidays to Teach Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-holiday-pet-dangers-to-avoid">11 Holiday Pet Dangers to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-to-skip-the-big-holiday-dinner-this-year">8 Reasons to Skip the Big Holiday Dinner This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-seasonal-side-hustles-thatll-cover-your-holiday-spending">8 Seasonal Side Hustles That&#039;ll Cover Your Holiday Spending</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-diy-christmas-ornaments-that-are-better-than-store-bought">18 DIY Christmas Ornaments That Are Better Than Store Bought</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Home Christmas feast frugal living holiday traditions Holidays religion Thanksgiving traditions Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1837833 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Host a Thanksgiving Dinner on the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-thanksgiving-dinner-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-thanksgiving-dinner-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_thanksgiving_dinner_74677925.jpg" alt="Family hosting Thanksgiving dinner on the cheap" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on tactics for an inexpensive Thanksgiving meal, ways to make hundreds at your next yard sale, and online sources for the best Black Friday deals.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/12-tactics-for-an-inexpensive-thanksgiving-meal/">12 Tactics for an Inexpensive Thanksgiving Meal</a> &mdash; Put a reasonable cap on the number of side dishes you are preparing yourself, no matter how many dishes other guests are bringing. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/how-to-have-a-successful-yard-sale/">6 Strategies I Used to Make $700 From a Yard Sale&hellip; and One I Wish I&rsquo;d Tried</a> &mdash; Carry a fanny pack so shoppers can pay you on the fly. Having people stand in line gives them time to reconsider their purchase. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/black-friday-apps-sites-14894/">15 Online Sources for the Best Black Friday Deals</a> &mdash; If you don't have time to scour retailers for the best deals, take advantage of the many websites and apps that will do it for you! [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Travel-24627929#photo-24627929">39 Tips That'll Save You Hundreds on Your Next Trip</a> &mdash; If you want to check out multiple locations, it's worth considering some cruise deals. An all-inclusive cruise deal can help you save on transportation, lodging, and meals. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbriana.com/dont-neglect-laundry-room-4-savvy-tips-organized-space/">Don&rsquo;t Neglect Your Laundry Room: 4 Savvy Tips for an Organized Space</a> &mdash; The dryer is one of the most expensive appliances to run, but the weather doesn&rsquo;t always permit hanging laundry out on a clothesline. Mount a cheap bath towel holder in your laundry room to dry wrinkle prone clothing without running the dryer. [Bargain Briana]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/daily-habits-holding-back/">Are Your Daily Habits Holding You Back?</a> &mdash; Relatively small habits can have a big impact, especially if they seem to drain your energy and confidence.&nbsp; [Due]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/5-quick-ways-get-cash-today/">5 Quick Ways to Get Cash Today</a> &mdash; Emergencies happen, and they can destroy your finances if you don't have enough saved up to cover unexpected expenses. However, you do have a few options if you need money in a pinch. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="http://creativemoney.biz/giving-wrong-reasons-save-money-gift-giving/">Are You Giving For the Wrong Reasons? Save Money on Gift Giving</a> &mdash; Every time you get a gift for someone, ask yourself &quot;why?&quot; If you have an ulterior motive when selecting a gift or adding someone to your list, it's probably just better to skip it. [Creative Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/11/becoming-a-stronger-person.html">22 Winning Ways That Will Make You A Stronger Person</a> &mdash; Listen to motivational music that keeps you psyched, pumped, and feeling ready to tackle whatever you want to do. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://liveyourlegend.net/rise-up-when-you-want-to-give-up/">How to Rise Up When You Want to Give Up: The 4-Step Process to Turn a Reaction into Positive Action</a> &mdash; Start by shifting your focus from &quot;what could have been&quot; to &quot;what is&quot; &mdash; and use that as a foundation for moving forward. [Live Your Legend]</p> <p><a href="http://www.productiveflourishing.com/overcome-procrastination/">Three Questions to Confront and Overcome Procrastination</a> &mdash; Identify the people who don't want you to follow your dreams or goals. Confront the voice that says you can't do it. [Productive Flourishing]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-thanksgiving-dinner-on-the-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-right-now-is-the-time-to-get-ready-for-thanksgiving">Wise Bread Reloaded: Right Now Is the Time to Get Ready for Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip">5 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Skip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving">Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment">How to Host Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-and-delicious-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers">15 Quick and Delicious Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips Thanksgiving Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1834562 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Save Money on Thanksgiving? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/thanksgiving_feast_turkey_51956162.jpg" alt="Learning how to save money on Thanksgiving" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-thanksgiving#comment-800569">Tabathia</a>, Gina, and Natasha for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Most people won't spend as much money on Thanksgiving as they would at Christmas, but the costs can add up when you're hosting a feast or traveling to spend the holiday with family. If you aren't careful with your budget, it can go bust before the year ends.</p> <p><strong>How do you save money on Thanksgiving?</strong> What Thanksgiving traditions do you skip to keep costs low? Is there any part of Thanksgiving that you're willing to splurge on &mdash; like a giant turkey or fancy dinnerware?</p> <p>Tell us how you save money on Thanksgiving and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! 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Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you save money on Thanksgiving and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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