I’ve had three articles appear at Money Talks News since my last roundup, two of them seasonal and one that might as well be seasonal since it involves your pocketbook:
“Tips to score a year’s worth of gifts at rock-bottom prices” suggests that you use loss leaders and doorbusters to build an evergreen gift closet. A little poking around and you’ll have presents for just about every occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, baby showers, Mother’s and Father’s days, weddings, you name it. It’s particularly useful when your kids blindside you on Friday evening: “I’m invited to Tyler’s birthday party tomorrow.”
“Worried about the size of your…discount? Relax: It’s just deal envy” also bounces off Gray Thursday/Black Friday/Cyber Monday. Some people feel depressed when they find out they missed a chance to save money – and I don’t blame them, which is why the article contains ideas on how to keep costs down.
“The 3 golden rules of loaning to friends and family” is just what it sounds like: tips on whether/when to say “yes” and some ideas on how to say “no” if you must.
In other news:
You have until a little after 7 p.m. PST today to enter this week’s giveaway for a $25 gift card. Sponsored by InkJetWilly, the contest gives you a choice of scrip: Amazon, Starbucks, Walgreens, CVS or Regal Cinemas. I say “a little after 7 p.m.” because I won’t be home dead at 7 p.m. Depending on road conditions, I might not get there until 7:30 or later. If you haven’t entered, now’s your chance.
The Wise Bread blog is giving away three $20 Amazon cards via its weekly “Ask the Readers” feature. This week’s topic is “How do you save during the holidays?” Sharing your tip(s) will help others and maybe boost your budget. Note: You can enter three different ways.
The Swagbucks folks have announced another promotion: Anyone who joins Swagbucks between now and Dec. 21 and earns 1,500 Swagbucks before Jan. 1, 2014 will get an automatic 500-SB bonus. Initially I thought 1,500 sounded like a lot, but some users can get that many in a single day through surveys and/or online games.
Good luck to all – and if you win one of those $20 Amazon cards, come back and brag about it.