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Last minute Easter savings tips

Spring is here, and that usually means one thing for me: Easter weekend has snuck up on me again. We’ve finally gotten through that long stretch of the year where there are no long weekends or stat holidays, so it’s time to make this one count! As usual, holidays are usually a bit of a punch in the pocketbook (that’s a saying, right?) – so here are a few ways to save enough to fill your own Easter basket. Potluck Dinners Just because you’re getting together with the entire family doesn’t mean you need to feed the entire family. If everybody brings a dish, you save on the expense of all the ingredients AND the prep time. That’s a win for everybody. Can you reschedule? Flying, traveling and sailing during holiday weekends can be extra daunting when it comes to bookings. Prices go up and the number of available seats goes down. My family often ‘reschedules’ holidays for a close-by weekend. It lets us save a bit of cash and travel with fewer maniacs. Go non-traditional Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you need Ham, Turkey AND a roast beast. Sometimes a

Save $100 in 10 Minutes: Christmas Travel

The Christmas season is almost here, and that can mean a few things: fun, festive treats, and definitely expenses. As we’ve detailed before, getting in front of your holiday expenses is important. Now it’s time to look at Christmas travel and how you can save cash and still have a great December. When it comes to Christmas, there is a lot of travel. Roads are busy, airports are packed and all of it comes at seasonal rates. If you want to save some cash on holiday travel, check out these tips: Use the Net The day of the travel agent is (almost) dead. Discount travel sites like Hotwire and Priceline can save you a bundle. These sites will get you great last minute travel deals – even during expensive seasons. Let these virtual agents search multiple airlines and destinations for you from your own computer. A bit of time searching for travel deals could save you tons of dough. This is your 10 minute tip to saves $100. Using these sites, I’ve saved upwards of $300 on flights alone! Drive – but be careful of the Canadian winter If your car is in good shape (and you’ve got

Inexpensive Holiday Gifts That People Love & Will Save You Cash

The holiday season is right around the corner and it will soon be time to start picking up gifts for your friends and loved ones. We already showed you how to start saving up for Christmas presents so now it’s time to pull the trigger and actually get the gifts. You can absolutely keep your costs down and still bring some great holiday cheer. With a bit of thriftiness, creativity and effort, your gifts will mean a lot to the recipients without busting your holiday budget. Use these tips as a jumping-point to start your holiday shopping. Keep It Personal Photos, scrapbooks and anything that reminds that special someone of you will mean a lot more than an expensive gift. For example, two years ago, I got my fiancé an empty photo album… stick with me. The point of the gift is for us to put one photo/year into the album and it will grow over time. It was a $20 gift that should last a lifetime. Cooking/Baking (no fruitcakes!) I love eating around the holiday season – and I’m sure you do too. With so many parties and events to attend, consumable presents are an easy