$50 Holiday Giveaway: Share Your Holiday Money-Saving Tips

The holidays are officially upon us, and let’s admit, with “the most wonderful time of the year” can come a good amount of stress. Grocery lists and gift lists are growing, and the pressure of sticking to a budget can often be shoved aside to worry about in the New Year.  So let’s get ahead of the budget walk of shame in January and save some money now! We want to know: What’s your #1 money-saving tip for shopping around the holidays? Entries should be typed into the comments field of this blog post for a chance to win one of 10 prize packs, including:

·         $50 in ALDI gift certificates

·         Assorted holiday seasonal chocolates

·         Baker’s Corner 6-in-1 Baking Sprinkle Jar

Need some inspiration: Check out one of our 100+ meals that feed 4 for under $10, including Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Butternut Squash (shown here), Roast Lamb with Pomegranate Sauce, or Pork Tenderloin, Pear, and Cranberry Salad, all worthy of a special occasion.

Entries are due by December 31, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Editors will select their favorite based on originality, creativity, and how well you address our question. Winner will be notified via email by Jan. 14, 2013. For full contest rules, click here.


  1. judith paulin

    just have fun.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:06 am
  2. Susan NapolitanoSUsan

    I cook meatless meals at least 3 nights a week, and try to choose recipes with a large yield of servings so that they can also serve as lunch the next day.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm
  3. Fitnessdad

    Planning and researching and of course a little coupon shopping. But research can go a long ways. For example cell phones is one of the largest bills people have each month just by doing a little research they can save big. Just chekout http://teamworkcounts.com and watch a short video to see how much you can save.

    December 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm
  4. manda

    Buy the vegetables/produce/dairy that is on sale. Look for cheap “Thanksgiving” foods to use during your Christmas cooking (they will usually be on sale). Buy foods that are easy to make but healthy. Pre-processed/over packaged items cost more.

    December 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm
  5. Mario in Philly

    Baking items tend to be on sale in grocery stores before the holidays. So look for and clip a coupon for something you’ll be using (ex. chocolate chips, or sprinkles) found in a newspaper or magazine (like Cooking Light) and cross check your grocery store flyer for when it goes on sale. When chocolate chips are reduced to say 2 for $4, use that $1 coupon at that time to further your savings and stock up!

    November 26, 2012 at 7:47 am
  6. eastofedencook

    My number one money saving tip is very effective. Plan ahead before going shopping by making a shopping list with a budget. The key is to stick with the plan and budget. This works for both gift and grocery shopping. It also saves time which is always in short supply during the holidays. Rather than squelching my spontaneity, I liken my planning to fitting all the puzzle pieces together resulting in less stress during the holidays!

    November 25, 2012 at 11:38 am
  7. Sara

    Just because something is on sale, doesn’t mean it has to be bought. Not every discount is a bargain. I think planning and methodical, thought out purchases are the way to go. Making purchases solely based on the fact that they were on sale (in my opinion) leads to overspending.

    November 25, 2012 at 10:43 am
  8. Norma

    I shop with my Discover credit card because it has a great feature that guarantees me the lowest price on an item. If I find the price lower within 90 days for the EXACT SAME ITEM they will refund me the difference. This way I don’t have to fight for a lower priced item.

    November 25, 2012 at 10:20 am

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