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Budgeting for Christmas

The best Christmas is a Christmas that you can afford. Put yours on the right track with a well-planned budget and a healthy dose of cost-cutting measures.

Have a Debt-Free Christmas
Tired of ringing in the new year with last year's Christmas bills? Make this the year you switch to a debt-free Christmas. Here's how:

How to Budget Holiday Spending
Learn how to budget holiday spending; and enjoy a debt-free, stress-free season.

How to Budget Holiday Gift Spending
A free, printable worksheet to help keep your holiday gift spending in check.

Poll: What's Your Holiday Budget?
Tell us how much you plan to spend this holiday season, and see how much other readers plan to spend.

How to Cut Down on Holiday Spending
Cutting down on holiday spending, doesn’t have to mean cutting down on holiday fun. Here are nine ways to plan a fun and affordable holiday:

Stores Offering Layaway
Thinking about putting Christmas on your credit cards? Use layaway instead, and stay out of debt.

Poll: Do You Plan to Use Layaway?
This year, lots of stores are hoping to attract customers with their layaway plans. Will they attract you? Cast your vote in our poll.

Ways to Earn Extra Money
Need more cash to cover your holiday expenses? Here are some ways to earn it.

Jobs for the Holidays
Keep ahead of your holiday spending with a seasonal job. Lots of companies are hiring.

Poll: Do You Plan to Get a Job for the Holidays?
Will you be picking up a seasonal job to help cover the cost of Christmas?

How to Save Energy During the Holidays
The holiday season is generally a big time for energy use, but that doesn’t mean it has to be that way. Here are 14 ways to save energy (and money) during the holidays:

How are You Doing with Your Holiday Budget?
Are you having a hard time sticking to your holiday budget or are you on track for a spectacular on-budget finish?

How to Eliminate Holiday Debt Quickly
A step-by-step guide to getting rid of holiday debt quickly.

Find a Holiday Job
Looking for a holiday job? Here are more than a dozen companies that are hiring.

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