3 Meaningful, Budget-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas

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Happy December! The turkey leftovers are almost gone, ABC Family has started playing a Santa Clause movie every day, and someone you know has all their holiday shopping done already thanks to Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

For those of us on a budget, holiday shopping has the potential to empty our bank account—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are three ideas for meaningful gifts that make everyone on your list happy while still leaving you money for a New Year’s Eve celebration.…

Celebrate “Know Your Money Day” With SALT!

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At SALT™, we talk extensively about understanding your personal relationship with money. Why? Because when you think about it, money influences almost all of our decisions—and many of the habits we form. These range from small, daily conundrums (e.g., walking vs. taking a cab) to larger, lifelong decisions (e.g., where to attend college or buy a home.)

So, when was the last time you really thought about your money?…

Last-Minute, Inexpensive Gifts For Your Mom and Dad

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The sprint between Thanksgiving and Christmas is quick. And for those college students who celebrated Thanksgivukkah, the gap between holidays this year was, well, no gap at all. This makes holiday gift buying a challenge.

If you still have gifts left to buy, you may feel challenged as to how to give creatively on a limited budget. The best gift to give your mom and dad this season is really just some of your time and conversation. But if you’ve bonded enough this year, here are a few other ideas.…

How To Handle The Holiday Season If You’re Unemployed

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It’s that time of year: Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire; Jack Frost is nipping at your nose.

However, many recent grads like me would rather see their student loan bills in that fire, and it’s employment worries doing the nipping (though with 10 inches of snow here in Philadelphia, I suppose it’s Jack Frost in addition to the worries).

The worst part of this time of year is the cultural pressure to spend money. Gifts, events, and travel add up—especially if you’re still looking for that ever-elusive full-time job, like me. Fortunately, after 4 years as a college student on a budget, I think I can manage. Here are my tips for a fun, yet less expensive holiday season.…

5 Easy, Affordable, Edible DIY Holiday Gifts

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It’s that time of year—your office is hosting a holiday party, your friends are doing the annual gift exchange, or you’re gearing up to attend that big family reunion. It can be expensive and daunting to pick out gifts for all these people, so save yourself some cash and stress by making homemade treats.

Everyone loves food, and DIY gifting is one of the best ways to stretch your dollar this time of year. Try one or more of these five easy (no baking required!) edible holiday presents.…

The Dos And Don’ts Of Holiday Gift Giving

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It’s that time of year!

Decorations are everywhere, holiday music is all over the radio, and my favorite part of the season has arrived: sales. When sales come out, that means it’s time for presents. And as much as I love receiving gifts, I love giving them more—even if it can get stressful.

Finding the perfect gift for the perfect amount of money is tough, but you can do it. To ensure you give something great, without spending an amount too great (or even too little), follow these dos and don’ts.…