Less stress: More Joy. 10 tips for reducing holiday stress

 Less stress: More Joy. 10 tips for reducing holiday stress

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, family, faith and food. But it can so easily turn into a season of stress and anxiety. 

A couple weeks ago I asked my readers things they do to reduce holiday stress. Of course, you guys came up with GREAT tips. I am not surprised in the slightest because you are all wonderful. 

 

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Simplifying Christmas: 4 tips for keeping the holidays in control and stress free

Simplifying Christmas: 4 tips for keeping the holidays in control and stress free

I remember the day Christmas finally broke me. There were four places my family needed to be. We had play practice, this a local event, a parade, and a party. I felt like as soon as we got somewhere it was time to leave and then drive across town to the new event. By the time the day was over we were all cranky, exhausted and I was snapping at everyone. 

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Crazy sock exchange ($10 Gift Idea)

Crazy sock exchange ($10 Gift Idea)

I am always stumped at what to get my nieces and nephews. I know kid's interests change a lot and something they might love today might not be something they like tomorrow. 

So last year my sister came up with a great idea. We can do a sock exchange. My sister saw the idea on Pinterest. She thought the idea would translate great for kids. And this is a super cost-effective gift. Each one of these coast me less than $10, sometimes way less because I used free Amazon gift cards. A two-pack of crazy socks can be split among two kids and costs around $4. Books and small games are really inexpensive and can entertain kids for a long time. 

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How to not bust your Christmas budget

How to not bust your Christmas budget

It's the most wonderful time of the year, it's also the most expensive if you don't have a plan.

Let's face it, even if you have been diligent in sticking to a budgeting and saving all year long, this is the time when things can really fall apart if you don't have intention.  Today I wanted to offer some tips to not busting your Christmas budget. 

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Teen gift guide: Super frugal gifts teens will actually like

Teen gift guide: Super frugal gifts teens will actually like

Last week someone left a question on my YouTube channel asking if I had any ideas for teen gifts. I didn't. I don't have teenagers, and I try to avoid answering questions I don't have direct experience with. 

But I took it to the Facebook group and you guys had SO many great ideas. I thought I would share them all in a handy list today. 

So here are super frugal gifts your teen will actually like.

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Simplifying Christmas: 4 tips for keeping the holidays in control and stress free

Simplifying Christmas: 4 tips for keeping the holidays in control and stress free

I remember the day Christmas finally broke me. There were four places my family needed to be. We had play practice, this a local event, a parade, and a party. I felt like as soon as we got somewhere it was time to leave and then drive across town to the new event. By the time the day was over we were all cranky, exhausted and I was snapping at everyone. 

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Less stress: More Joy. 10 tips for reducing holiday stress

Less stress: More Joy. 10 tips for reducing holiday stress

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, family, faith and food. But it can so easily turn into a season of stress and anxiety. 

A couple weeks ago I asked my readers things they do to reduce holiday stress. Of course, you guys came up with GREAT tips. I am not surprised in the slightest because you are all wonderful. 

 

Read More

How to not bust your Christmas budget

How to not bust your Christmas budget

It's the most wonderful time of the year, it's also the most expensive if you don't have a plan.

Let's face it, even if you have been diligent in sticking to a budgeting and saving all year long, this is the time when things can really fall apart if you don't have intention.  Today I wanted to offer some tips to not busting your Christmas budget. 

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