Best Money Tips: How to Deal With Unexpected Holiday Expenses

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found articles on ways to deal with unexpected holiday expenses, a hack for wrapping really large gifts, and tips for reducing your water bill.

Top 5 Articles

5 Ways to Deal With Holiday Expenses You Didn't Plan For — If you can't eliminate any more holiday expenses, look for costs in your everyday life that you can cut back on this month. [Parenting Squad]

This Woman Has a Brilliant Hack For Wrapping Really Large Gifts — Use this wrapping expert's easy tip for dressing up large and bulky gifts! [PopSugar Smart Living]

10 Ways to Reduce Your Water Bill — Keep water in the fridge so you have cold water ready to go without having to run the tap until it cools. [Canadian Finance Blog]

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Tips to Save You Money — A last-minute trip to the store right before the holidays is many people's worst nightmare, but we've all done it. Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on ways to save money on last-minute holiday shopping adventures. [Experian]

Might the car you drive be driving up your car insurance rates?  — Insurance companies use actuarial science — the science of risk — to determine who is more likely to get into an accident. [The Monitor]

Other Essential Reading

8 Ways to Save Up the Down Payment for a House — Start a targeted savings account just for your housing fund so you don't accidentally spend the money on something else. [Good Financial Cents]

Here is How You Can Budget on a Weekly Paycheck (& Save Money) — Keeping track of monthly bills can be difficult if you're paid by the week. This guide will help you budget and save money when you get weekly paychecks. [Money Pantry]

7 Reasons a Winter Wedding is More Frugal — Most caterers are busiest during the warm months, which means food for a winter wedding would be a lot cheaper than for summer nuptials. [Everything Finance]

15 Ways to Prepare Your Finances for Your First Baby! — You'll need to get baby gear for sure. The multifunction varieties tend to be more costly upfront, but you'll see overall savings in your wallet — and space — because you won't have to buy multiple products. [The Fortunate Investor]

5 Ways to Improve Your Camping Trip — You may have trouble finding a cell signal out in a large park, so on the off chance that something goes wrong, be sure that someone else knows where your party is camping and when you are due to return. [Lifehack]

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