Holiday Shopping Challenge with American Express + $250 Gift Card Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Christmas
December 2, 2011
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The holidays are upon us and people everywhere are purchasing gifts for family and friends in hopes of finding the perfect gift.  American Express offers a way to stretch your budget further with American Express Membership Rewards points.  There are so many items to choose from, including gift cards, electronics, toys, games, and more!

20 years ago, American Express launched the Membership Rewards program as a first of its kind program that overtime has continued to innovate through new partners, categories and features.  The program offers more than a million rewards from over 500 brands and millions Cardmembers have redeemed their points for a variety of merchandise and experiences – from movie tickets to trips to the world’s finest resorts.

Membership Rewards as Social Currency

Membership Rewards has become a kind of social currency for many.  We live in a world where more and more people are connecting online and sharing experiences with one another on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube and so on.  Membership Rewards are more than just points.  They are a social currency that connect us to the people, experiences and things we love.  Plus, there is a now a dedicated tab for Membership Rewards on the American Express Facebook Page, where Cardmembers can share stories on what they were able to buy with their Membership Rewards points with their communities – another way to share the possibilities with points in a social environment.

Earn Points Easily!

Points are EASY to earn!  You can earn points on everyday items like gas, groceries, phone bills and redeem them for practical items like paying your taxes OR social efforts like donations to charities OR for the things you love – like extraordinary shopping to entertainment to travel rewards – it’s a world of possibilities and the choice is yours!

The great thing is that you don’t need to amass a large amount of reward points before you start to realize the benefits.  Points are only for big-ticket items and trips.  You can use points for everything from gift cards to movie tickets – with redemption opportunities available for relatively few points.  These points can even be redeemed at point of purchase on some retailer’s websites.

Here are some tips on what you need to know to earn more points and enjoy more rewards:

1.Points Don’t Expire

– Membership Rewards are ready when you are – today, tomorrow or whenever – and there’s no limit to how many you can earn.

2.   Rewards at a Few Points

– From Gap to Old Navy to Bath & Body Works, you can find gift cards starting at just 1,000 points.

3.  Travel Your Way

– Use the Pay with Points feature to book flights, hotels, cruises and vacation packages. Fly any airline, anytime without seat restrictions or blackout dates. Use points to pay for all or part of your trip.

4.  Find Great Deals

– At membershiprewards.com/specials, you can save points with great deals on select rewards like electronics, travel, entertainment, home accessories and more. New items are added regularly and we’ll keep you posted on upcoming weekly deals.

– You can also get bonus Membership Rewards points as you shop online with inSite from American Express – it’s a free online shopping tool that automatically notifies you of special offers when you use your Amex Card.

5.  More Choices to Use Points

– You can now link your Membership Rewards account to your Amazon, Zynga and/or Ticketmaster accounts and automatically use your points for purchases when you check out at these sites.

6.  Redeeming is Easy

– Go to membershiprewards.com to explore the variety of options and redeem points. Just check your balance, choose your reward, and click to redeem.

Small Business Saturday

This past Saturday, November 26th, individuals everywhere supported Small Business Saturday by shopping at their local small businesses, in support of their communities.  As part of my holiday shopping challenge, I’ve been given the task of purchasing gifts for 5 of my loved ones.  4 gifts will be purchased through a budgeted amount of American Express Rewards Points and one gift will be purchased from a local small business using a gift card provided to me by American Express.  The Small Business I am going to purchase from is a home business started by a husband and a wife.  They make the yummiest chocolate covered toffee I’ve ever tasted!  I am really excited to purchase one of my gifts from them and support one of our many small businesses in our community.

GIVEAWAY

1 lucky reader on The Mommy-Files will win a $250 American Express Gift Card!!!

WIN IT!!! (MANDATORY ENTRY)

– Tell me in a comment one of your own personal tips for staying within your holiday budget.

EXTRA ENTRIES

– Follow The Mommy-Files on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
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– Comment on any Non-Giveaway post on The Mommy-Files – 1 ENTRY per post comment (no limit)
– Blog about this giveaway and include the URL – 5 ENTRIES

RULES

– Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, December 11th, 2011! Any entries after this time will be deleted!
– Contest open to U.S. residents only.

I received compensation from American Express to complete this campaign.  The giveaway is sponsored by American Express.  All opinions expressed on this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

1,400 Responses to “Holiday Shopping Challenge with American Express + $250 Gift Card Giveaway”

  1. For us, the number one way to stay within our budget is actually budgeting throughout the year and knowing what we will have to spend. Each month, we set aside $50 for gifts. We hardly touch that throughout the year and when it is time to shop for Christmas gifts, we know exactly what we have to spend. Then, it’s usually a matter of my son’s gifts first and then split the rest evenly among everyone else.

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  8. amie dennis says:

    The way we stay in budget is we decide that we are going to only buy presents for the kids. We set our budget at $100 a piece and that will buy them a toy, some clothes and some candy. We have to budget about $50 to be able to send the packages because the kids live in UT and we live in WA. For ourselves for Christmas we go out for a nice dinner and that is our treat.

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  10. Sylvia says:

    With my husband out of work, we don’t have a lot of money or credit cards so pretty much we pay our bills and whatever is left over is what we have for gifts. Many gifts will be made by hand and gifts are paid for on sale. The kids give us a list of what they want and we pick a few reasonably priced items out of that list and get them a few things that they need.

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  14. shelly says:

    I make sure that I shop for great sales online or in store, use coupons, and do not budge on the amount I’ve set.

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  18. Elena says:

    My tip is to make a shopping list and stick to it. And I never buy something I don’t need even if it looks like a good deal.

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  24. *LyndiLou* says:

    I find it helps me stay on track with my gift giving and budget for my family is by having them make Christmas lists. I like knowing things that they want, need or would really love instead of just buying whatever random thing I see and possibly over-spending and getting something they don’t want or can’t use.

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  29. Chick Bowdrie says:

    Flu shots for kids presents. One less thing to buy.

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  34. For the last seven years, I’ve done all of my Holiday shopping without the use of credit cards. I purposely started saving for Christmas at the beginning of the year. Throughout the year I added five dollars, twenty dollars there and when it was time to start holiday shopping I was able to use cash. Whatever I didn’t have enough cash to buy, then I just didn’t buy it! I didn’t want to get into debt, so I developed that plan and STUCK TO IT! =)
    Happy Holidays all!

  35. Louise Brouillette says:

    We set an amount each year and simply do not let ourselves go over it!
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  36. Margaret Smith says:

    We keep a list and amount to spend on each person. I look for items on sale. We make some homemade gifts and throughout the year I look for good buys and put those aside.
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  42. Daniel M says:

    keep looking for coupons and sales

  43. Vanessa M. says:

    We’re giving our 2 teenagers used gifts (from Craigslist), which are still really nice, and things that were at the top of their list!

  44. Donna L says:

    I buy presents all year long when they are on sale and I stay within a budget.

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  48. Beth C says:

    I stay within budget and shop sales.

  49. Mami2jcn says:

    I make a Christmas list in early September and don’t buy the items until they’re on sale or I have a coupon for them. It takes patience to wait but it’s the best way to get the deals.

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  55. Elizabeth Scheller says:

    One way I find to stay within my holiday budget is to shop at local craft shows such as sponsored by area churches. I always find unique items, well crafted, and reasonably priced.

  56. Pat says:

    At our house we stick to our holiday budget buy making a list of names of those dear to us. Beside each name we write a dollar amount to be spent (must include tax, wrapping, shipping, any insurance). Then we shop (preferably at sales during the entire year), using strictly cash. It’s too each to exceed our budget if we use credit cards.

  57. alycep says:

    I pay cash so that keeps me in the budget.

  58. Jessie C. says:

    To say within holiday budget, I have a price book when it comes to something we need and buy so I know the bottom line and won’t fall for all sales signs easily. I also shop with the spreadsheet/list on hand so I won’t lose the focus making impulse buy. For holiday in-store shopping, I pay attention to store policy, such as return and price match, sometimes if pays to ask and get discount you just never know; for online shopping, always search for coupon codes and go through cash back sites to maximize savings.

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  64. Linda Kish says:

    I only buy for the kids.

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  67. Helena says:

    I stay within a budget by making a lot of homemade gifts and not being extravagent!

  68. Tabathia B says:

    I try to purchase items during the year when they are on sale and only shop with cash or prepaid cards
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  75. Stephanie V. says:

    make a list and shop the sales early

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  77. I am a deal shopper. I shop throughout the year so I am always ready for the best deals 😉

  78. nickie says:

    when holiday shopping only take cash. This way I’m forced to stay within my budget 🙂

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  80. Amber says:

    My tip is to make handmade gifts for some people who appreciate that kind of thoughtful touch. It can be fun and saves some money, especially if you get the kids involved.

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  86. Amanda says:

    I make a list of things I need to get, and I write down a number. I don’t go over that amount at all. If something is too expensive, I get something else that is a little cheaper- whether it be a food item, etc.
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  87. mrsshukra says:

    I prepare my Christmas gift lift in January and buy gifts on sale!

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  91. Theresa Jenkins says:

    MANDATORY ENTRY>>we have a Christmas club and we shop all yr…this yr the 5 grandkids wanted swimming lessons,with a few small things under the tree …the adults decided to do grabbag.

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  95. jose benavides says:

    I shop year round to have the gifts ready..

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  99. Ann F says:

    I set a dollar limit for each person before beginning shopping, make a list for each person, and then make sure I stick to it.

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  102. Adrienne gordon says:

    I always bring a limited number of cash and only spend that.

  103. lestergg says:

    This gift card would definitely Make My Day!!

  104. Erin says:

    Make a list in advance & discuss what we’re buying the kids together with my husband.

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  107. Cynthia C says:

    I am a big advocate of using cash. When it’s gone, it’s gone and you can’t overspend.

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  116. LOIS PAYTON says:

    I follow everyone on google, and I start buying my next christmas , at the new year, and all year at sales so by the time it comes around I have everything, GOD BLESS AND KEEP YA’LL AND MERRY CHRISTMASS.

  117. EMMA L HORTON says:

    SHOP THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND ONLY BUY WHEN THINGS ARE ON CLEARANCE

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  122. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Besides Christmas, I have two kids with December birthdays. The best way for me to stay on budget is to start early and make a plan!

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  126. Rebecca G says:

    To stay within budget for gifts, I shop very early – I buy children’s toys in January when they are on clearance – so I always have a great gift for my child’s classmates’ birthday parties.

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  132. Mami2jcn says:

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  133. ANN* says:

    Buy through out the year and make your own gifts more personable and friends just love them

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  138. SHAYNA says:

    I JUST USE CASH, THEREFORE, I HAVE TO BUDGET OUT WHAT I NEED WITH HOW MUCH CASH I HAVE, CAN’T GO OVERBOARD 🙂

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  145. Amy W. says:

    I write a list of what I want to buy before I shop and don’t buy anything that is not on the list.

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  151. Lisa Davis says:

    I just make sure I always have the “Christmas List” in my purse with notes about what i’ve bought or want to buy for each person, helps to curb impulse purchases because if something looks good I make myself refer to the list – if it fits in somewhere (within the budget) then I buy it.

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  159. amy pugmire says:

    i like to shop all year round when i find good deals instead of spending a lot at the last minute.

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  167. Elizabeth Scheller says:

    Another way I stay within my holiday budget is to shop at local stores who offer holiday sales. Many stores in my area (tourist beach area) offer end of season sales to get rid of the season’s merchandise. Often 1/2 off sales. A great time and place to find Christmas bargains, especially stocking stuffers.

  168. Kelly says:

    Before I leave the house to do ANY Christmas shopping, I scour the internet, my e-mail, and my pile of regular mail for any discounts and coupons. I basically refuse to buy anything at full price, meaning everyone can get more presents in my small budget! 🙂

  169. Lynda E says:

    Use cash as much as possible and leave the credit cards at home so you’re not tempted.

  170. Lisa Davis says:

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  171. DeeAnn S says:

    First, I make a list of everyone I will be buying for. Second, I set the dollar amount I will be spending for each person. I’ve been doing this for a number of years and I find it help to stay within my budget. Thanks.

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  173. Kiara says:

    I shop year round for presents and I use coupons.
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  174. kmorghan says:

    I set aside a certain budget amount per person for gifts and then spend a lot of time researching prices and products online to get great deals on gifts to stay within that budget. I treat getting a great gift at a great price as a bit of a game so it’s more fun.

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  177. Tina M says:

    I use coupon code and shop on line,save gas money. I also compare the price before I place the order.

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  183. Sheila K. says:

    I shop earlier in the year whenever things I want to buy are on sale!

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  187. sandra says:

    i search all the coupon sites and rewards sites i can think of to try to save a buck

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  189. RussR says:

    Only pay with the cash in your pocket

  190. Julianna says:

    use coupons, shop online

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  192. Kalani says:

    Make a list early & then keep a watch on the sales…
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  195. Debra G says:

    I have a “Christmas Fund” account that I deposit into every paycheck and what is in that account is all I have to spend for Christmas.

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  198. We start our shopping months before the holidays, that way we are not spending a bunch of money all at once.

  199. Jennifer says:

    I buy throughout the year when I find a great clearance price!

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  206. Amber says:

    My tip is to use cash or debit, and not to shop with credit cards, that way you can’t go over budget!

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  219. ellen says:

    personal tips for staying within your holiday budget.-plan ahead what your budget is and STICK TO IT. Allow a little wiggle room but dont go overboard- Christmas isnt all about the gifts so dont try to give the biggest gift ever- give something thoughtful!

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  226. ryan minton says:

    One of my tips for staying in my budget is to only use cash when buying gifts.

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  232. geekbearinggifts says:

    We are on a very limited budget, so I give homemade goodies to people outside our family. It takes much more of my time than my money. Thanks so much!

  233. Rebecca Shockley says:

    One thing I do to stay within my budget is to bring a list with me anytime I go shopping so I don’t randomly spend!

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  239. Marcia Goss says:

    I decided months ahead of time what I wanted to buy. I watched the sale ads each week and found everything I wanted on sale. We don’t go overboard like we used to. I try to pay cash for everything.

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  245. Denise B. says:

    We focus on the Christmas celebrations and not presents. So, we don’t have to worry about budgets; because we only buy a few small things for our children. We already have everything we need.

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  249. Alicia wallace says:

    Make a list before you go shopping

  250. tracy davis says:

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  251. Lisa Foster says:

    i have a Christmas club account that I contribute to all year and then I stick to a budget

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  253. Suzanne K says:

    Making my budget out way in advance and shopping year round help. This year I’m giving home made, organic blackberry jam, blackberry liquour and blackberry chipotle sauce as gifts to many, and that helps too!

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  264. John Stetson says:

    I try to plan way ahead and start shopping early for those gifts that I’m sure will be what they want by Christmas time.

  265. The best way I know to stay within my budget is to make a list and stick to it. I not only use this for the holidays but for my monthly groceries as well.

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  274. Pat says:

    At our house we make a list of the people we wish to gift and put a dollar amount beside each name (price includes gift, taxes, shipping–if any). We shop year round looking for sales and coupons. Also, we only use cash when we shop since the temptation to charge on a credit card is great. In the leanest years our core family and extended family draw names.

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  276. Jacob says:

    We make a list of everybody we need to get presents for and agree how much we are going to spend and then stick to it. It’s a bit strict but if you do it you can really stay within budget

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  282. patricia says:

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  285. Linda says:

    I only buy items on sale and stick to my list.

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  287. Patrice Pruitte says:

    If I see nice items on sale or clearance throughout the year, I buy them and put them away for Christmas. I have also cut back on my gift list, after mutally agreeing to do so with some of my friends and family.

  288. Joseph Stowell says:

    The easiest way I found was to go to my bank and get a set-amount debit card and to use it for all of my shopping. When the funds are exhausted, the spending is over. Of couse, it helps to make a list of everything you need (or want) to get and then shop around for the best prices.

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  294. Tara V says:

    Make a budget and stick to it! Try to plan your shopping around sales to max your spending dollars.

  295. Judith VanAlphen says:

    I am on a fixed income so I plan all my expenses carefully. I set money aside all year and that is what I have for Christmas

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  297. kfloveinme says:

    Making a list, checking twice and shopping with store coupons or coupon codes for online shopping. 🙂

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  299. Katie says:

    One of my tips is to SHOP AROUND! I always research items I want to buy online – a lot of times I can find it cheaper online (using a promo code/free shipping) or I can find a store that stocks the item at a cheaper price.

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  308. Schmidty says:

    I get started on my shopping very early in the year and watch for sales and deals, online coupons and discount codes. I stick to my budget pretty faithfully.

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  311. nan says:

    i comparision shop and use free shipping and gift card deals tto stay on track
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  317. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I stay within budget by only shopping with cash! 🙂

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  324. Stephanie says:

    I make a list and stick to it, and I shop early so that I can avoid last-minute impulse buying.

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  326. Sarah says:

    My budget-saving tip is to make lists! I find that I spend less when I keep careful track of what I’ve already purchased for gifts.

  327. Try making all of your purchases from sales items.

  328. Shannon Egan says:

    What I do to stay within the Holiday budget is that I shop ALL year round on and off. If I happen to see an awesome money saving deal, I take it, even if it’s in July! As long as it isn’t perishable that is. lol

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  334. Barbara M says:

    Tip – I always check the Sunday paper sales for the best deal.
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  340. nik says:

    Shopping with my super-frugal sweetie…keeps me in line every time!

  341. Kristi C says:

    I make a list and stick to it so that I don’t overspend on impulse buys.

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  344. courtney b says:

    we cut lots of coupons and stay away from the mall! that’s where we spend all the money!:)

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  350. Joye Rast says:

    I make a list of what I’m buying for who and stick to it

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  354. Elizabeth Scheller says:

    One tool I utilize to stay within my holiday budget is to shop within a couple of hours of closing time. There are no crowds and I don’t get swept up into the mob frenzy of buying.

  355. Kathleen says:

    Use coupons, shop black friday deals and shop in advance, don’t wait until last minute.

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  359. CherylS22 says:

    I stay within my budget by writing everything on a list. I start by figuring out how much I want to spend on each person/item. Then, as I shop, I make sure I write it all on my list so I don’t lose track of what’s done & not done.
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  362. Kyl Neusch says:

    use coupons

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  366. Kimberly says:

    We transfer money to our Christmas savings account all year and then take it all out in cash for shopping. We pay cash for everything & when the cash is gone the shopping is over! This has worked very well for us for the last 20 years and we never go over our budget and we never owe any bills after the holidays. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  370. Patricia Treskovich says:

    stay in my holiday budget by readind sale ads and using coupons

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  372. Jimmy says:

    Set an amount that you want to spend per person and don’t go over it.

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  376. angie says:

    I start looking for deals a few months in advance and have a price limit set for each person.

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  378. Carolyn says:

    shop year round and get all shopping done by november 15th- after that- avoid the mall at all costs.

  379. Geoff K says:

    One tip I’ve found helpful is to set a spending limit with all of your friends and family so you don’t overdo it and, when possible, go in on a gift together with a person or group to stay on budget. Thanks!

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  389. Jean Lynd says:

    I set an amount per kid, and because I have 4 kids, I HAVE to stay within that budget.

  390. T. Lawson says:

    I make a list of who I am buying for and how much I can spend on each person and I stick to it (or find something for less).

  391. Sarah Hirsch says:

    my tip is that the sale price may look tempting, but if it’s not on your list and you don’t need it, it isn’t a bargain – it’s just spending more money than you were supposed to. so only indulge in those deals when it’s something you were planning on buying

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  394. Cindy M says:

    My best tip for Holiday budget: Instead of a fancy restaurant meal, my hubby and I spend Christmas eve at a Truckstop diner- my dad was a trucker- and the food is reasonably inexpensive- it’s simple food, but good!

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  400. Erica Best says:

    When i shop online and keeps me more target i get what i need more then what i want

  401. Ellie W says:

    My tip for staying on budget is to shop throughout the year. I set aside a certain amount a month and when I run across a good deal on something I think a person on my list would like, I buy it and put it up until Christmas.
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  407. Amy Zachek says:

    For staying within my holiday budget, I always make all of my holiday gift lists at least 3 months in advance. This way, I can incorporate the required costs into my budget gradually.

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  410. Ashley H says:

    I always use cash when holiday shopping, I put a specific amount of money aside for each family member in an envelope and once I’ve spent all the money out of the envelope I know I can’t buy that person anything else. I never use credit cards! ashleygatewood1(AT)gmail.com

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  418. Trisha Lynn says:

    I make a list and stick to it!!

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  424. My tip is to to shop all year. I like to buy a person’s Christmas gift when I buy their birthday gift so I am not so overwhelmed at Christmas.
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  428. Kathy Rambousek says:

    I like to save my reward points from my credit card to use toward Christmas. A little saved at a time goes a long ways

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  430. amber says:

    i try to stay in my holiday budget by shopping clearance sales all year long

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  438. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Don’t buy so much. Most people don’t need anything

  439. Glenn Peterson says:

    My tip for staying within your holiday budget is to start looking for sales throughout the year and then give the items purchased during Christmas

  440. Denice P says:

    I choose one well thought out gift to stay with in my budget for each of my family members. I feel like its more personal and they get something that shows that I care.

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  442. Joanna Price says:

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  448. Deanna G. says:

    I like to wait for sales to shop! 🙂

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  456. Carol Bryant says:

    No charging and stay on budget.

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  458. noelle says:

    oh.. we are REALLY on a budget this year..
    So- I have a notebook..
    4 boys, you know they look at the number of gifts and the amount spent on each..
    I am writing down what they NEED… they get that first…
    then, mix in with a few wants…
    everyone is happy and so is the bank

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  463. Katharine D says:

    I stay on budget by making lists and comparison shopping. Shopping online helps as well as it stops the impulse shopping in stores

  464. lala r says:

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  470. Mommydoll13 says:

    shop black friday and watch for all the sales.

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  473. Christina says:

    I just decide on a certain amount and do not go over, no matter what!

  474. Jacqueline Griffin says:

    I’m the biggest bargain shopper ever! I keep coupons in the car and we don’t eat our unless it’s on restaurant.com’s website! I make a list and then go to every website. I then Google online coupons and use my American Express! The points are amazing!
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  480. Darryl T says:

    i used a preloaded amex gift card

  481. Charisse Snead says:

    Never pay full price for anything.

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  486. Louis says:

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  492. jessica says:

    shoping the sales help me stay on budget

  493. Alicia K says:

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  495. katfam says:

    We’ve really cut back on who we buy for and I use an Excel spreadsheet to track my purchases and stay on budget.

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  503. Brynn A says:

    I don’t use my debit card but take out a set amount from the bank so I don’t go over my budget.

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  507. clarissa says:

    use cash..not credit…and make the rule when your allotment of cash you start with is gone…you have to be done shopping

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  513. Lily says:

    I always use coupons when doing holiday shopping!

  514. Lily says:

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  515. Eileen says:

    My tip would be for both spouses to shop together. I would not dream of having my husband do holiday shopping alone. He is a kid at heart and keeps adding to the kid’s lists…he wants them to be wow’d on Christmas morning. Getting better with the economy but spontaneous purchasing is a killer for us…we have little to stretch.

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  521. Janna Johnson says:

    I always stick to my list
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  522. Cindy M says:

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  523. Christy Weller says:

    To stay within my holiday budget, I start buying gifts early and am constantly looking for coupons/discount codes to find the perfect deal.

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  528. Jennifer S says:

    We make a lot of our gifts using bulk ingredients from Costco.

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  533. kasey says:

    Start shopping early, and always price compare

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  535. We take cash when we shop and don’t spend more than we have on us.

  536. elizabeth p says:

    We stay in budget by shopping together and taking only cash.

  537. Lists! I make lists of what I need, how much it’ll cost and where I need to get it. Then I scour the web the find the best possible price with discounts!

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  543. Crystal F says:

    Make a budget and stick with it. If you pick something out for someone and it’s not within your budget, pick out something else. I also wait to really good sales. I don’t buy anything until it goes on sale. Thank you!!

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  548. Nadine L says:

    I am a stickler for this ( I drive my family crazy,lol) The day after Xmas I start buying small things on clearance for the next year and I start making a list for each person I buy for. When I find the right thing, I write it down and search weekly for the best deals. when I find each item at a good price, I buy it. whatever is not bought by the first week of December, I buy. I stick to my list, don’t deviate at all and I stay within my budget.

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  554. wcc says:

    One of the main things that I do to stay within my holiday budget is to online shop with coupons codes and always trying to take advantage of free shipping. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

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  560. Mike says:

    Staying in the budget is easy when you try to win all your presents???

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  566. Denise says:

    I always make a shopping list and stick to it to avoid impulse purchases

  567. VickieB says:

    I make a list early on, I set a dollar amount I can afford per person. I start shopping the day after Christmas for certain things.
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  568. Erica C. says:

    I make a list before hand of what I want to buy for each person and how much I can spend per person. I then keep a list of what I buy and how much it cost me. Seeing the amounts on paper makes it more real and keeps me in budget.

  569. Shelley Mitchell says:

    I shop for sales and use the stores weekly AD coupons.

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  570. Susan Smith says:

    We make a list with set amounts on what we are going to spend, try to buy the items on sale and use cash.

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  578. daniel healey says:

    we gave ourselves a budget and we are sticking to it. no extras.

  579. Barbara Evans says:

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