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Money-Saving Tips After Holiday Spending

How to Rebound From Your Holiday Spending Spree

If the gift-giving season wreaked havoc on your bank account, follow these money-saving tips to recover from holiday debt and regain your financial confidence.

  • Tweak your food routine. Make the obvious wallet-friendly changes to your meal habits: pack your lunch, cook dinners at home, and swap your Starbucks sip for the coffeemaker variety. Amp up the savings and avoid wasting money on groceries by writing out a weekly menu each Sunday and shopping only for necessities. If you do eat out, check for coupons beforehand, opt for an appetizer as your main entree, and choose water over pricey beverages.
  • Travel smart. Public transportation isn't always the most glamorous option, but it's definitely one of the cheapest. Take advantage of your city's travel alternatives and walk whenever possible. When you have to drive, take the necessary steps to save on gas.

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  • Become a budget-conscious hostess. Skip restaurants and bars in favor of potluck dinners and nights in with your friends. Chances are, the rest of your social circle is minding their money, too, so invite them over for a game night, a clothes swap, a movie marathon, or a spa party. You'll avoid costly nights out and score some quality time with your pals.
  • Spend those gift cards — finally. Empty your junk drawer, your wallet, and those random purse pockets to gather the gift cards you forgot to use last month . . . or last year. It's important to spend wisely, so don't let gift cards be an excuse for impractical splurges.
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ilanac13 ilanac13 5 years
i'm actually doing a few of those ideas already. i used to really rely on cabs when i leave work because it's so cold and my apartment is so far from the subway but lately i've been ok with taking the subway and it's really much more economical. i just have to remember to bring the extra pair of shoes w/ me since i don't like to get my boots all messed up from the walk.
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