Great Advice From Around the Web

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Happy December! For the most part, I love this time of year. My house already is decorated for the holidays, I'm listening to Christmas music as I write this, and I can't wait to watch "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" with my kids.

What I don't like, though, is the high cost of the holidays. That's why my husband and I no longer give gifts to each other, and Santa only gives our girls one or two things. I use a lot of fresh, free greenery (clipped from my yard and my friends' yards) to decorate my home. And I've successfully lobbied to end the gift exchange among my relatives at our annual Christmas Eve gathering because most of us wanted to spend time catching up rather than watching each other open presents.

I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. That's why I have rounded up lots of great advice from around the Web on how to keep spending under control during the holidays. Enjoy.

5 Ways to Save Money This Christmas [MoneyNing]
"Here are a few ideas to help you save your budget and still satisfy all those outstretched hands this Christmas."

10 Cheap Ways to Get Someone a Great Gift for Under $5 [The Digerati Life]
From using your credit card rewards to giving a promise, here are interesting ideas to try if you're short on cash.

The Great Big List of 75 Frugal Gifts [Bible Money Matters]
If you get creative, you can keep the cost of gift giving under control.

Christmas Gifts That Make a Difference [Get Rich Slowly]
"You've still got a few weeks to think about Christmas gifts. Make this the year when you pick presents that actually help."

5 Reasons to Change Traditional Holiday Gift-Giving [Wise Bread]
"Some traditions are worth keeping. Others almost beg for you to stomp all over them, perhaps none so much as traditional American holiday gifting."

A New Tradition: Christmas Shopping on Dec. 26 to Save Money [Walletpop]
Instead of shopping for the next three weeks, slow down and enjoy the holidays. Shop for presents on the day after Christmas, taking advantage of all of the post-Christmas sales.

6 Festive, Frugal Ways to Spruce up Your Home for the Holidays [Wise Bread]
You can decorate in "fresh, fun ways without going broke. Here's how."

Frugal Holiday Traditions to Introduce to Your Family [My Dollar Plan]
You don't have to spend a lot (or anything at all) to create fun traditions and lasting memories.

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