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Personal Finance Round-Up: Giving Is the Perfect Christmas Gift

By Money Crashers

give christmas heartsWith the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the emphasis on saving money this time of year, we can sometimes forget that some people don’t even have a penny to save. If there’s any time to give a little extra and make someone’s life better, it’s Christmas.

Giving during the holidays can mean different things to different people. You can give your time to a charity or to your neighbor, you can gift cash to causes that you believe in, or you can buy a cup of coffee for a stranger. The effort itself can mean the world to someone who may be in need more than you know.

Another way to give is with a holiday tip as Alex from Faith and Finance details in, Donate Differently: Give a Holiday Tip - you’d certainly make someone’s Christmas.

Here are more tips from around the web:

15 Ideas for Free Holiday Fun [PerkStreet Blog]
It’s not all about the money. Having a good time during the holidays is important too. Create memories and enjoy the time you have – all for free.

How to Increase Your Happiness Without Spending a Dime [Learnvest]
As I said, it’s not always about the money. Here are even more great ways to get more out of life by spending less.

Saving Money as a Student: My Top Frugal Hacks [Frugal Beautiful]
Get started on the right foot in life as a student who understands the meaning of saving and can manage money.

How to Get Out of Town Painlessly This Holiday [Shankman]
These tips will help you make holiday travel less painful on yourself and those around you.

Lessons from Holidays Past [Minting Nickels]
Every year and every experience brings new lessons into your life. Take note – one day, those lessons could come in handy.

Christmas Dinner on a Scrooge Budget [Mighty Bargain Hunter]
With all the focus on gifts and decorations, don’t forget to save on your holiday dinner. It can be one of the most expensive areas of Christmas after all!

Lessons on Buying Clothes and Cheese [Credit Karma]
Small things do matter so stop and take a bite of life’s best cheese…enjoy the moment.

Consumers Bear the Risk with Gift Cards [Get Rich Slowly]
Gift cards are heavily flung about this time of year, but are they really the perfect gift for everyone? Here’s why you should reconsider when reaching for the plastic present.

5 Universal Gifts That Will Make You a Christmas Legend [Budgetable]
These gift ideas may not be right for your coworkers but they would make quite an impression on a close relative who’s hard to shop for.

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