UW-Extension: Sticking to your budget over the holidays

The winter holiday season is fast approaching. For many, the coming months mean travel to visit family and friends, gift-giving, and preparation of traditional foods. All of these special occasions can be a challenge on monthly budgets. “If the holidays have snuck up on you, there are steps to take now to prepare for the season and stay within budget,” says Peggy Olive, UW-Extension/UW-Madison Financial Capability Specialist.

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Buying or using gift cards? Read the fine print

For many consumers, gift cards offer a simple, convenient solution for holiday gift giving. But shoppers need to stay on their toes when purchasing and using gift cards, says J. Michael Collins, University of Wisconsin-Extension family and consumer economics specialist and director of the UW-Madison Center for Financial Security.

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Be creative when planning holiday gifts on a budget

Contact: Bridget Mouchon, 608-328-9440, bridget.mouchon@ces.uwex.edu For most people, spending on gifts to celebrate the holiday is an important family tradition–whether the holiday is Hannukah, Kwanzaa or Christmas. This year, gift-giving offers the opportunity for families to be creative and give meaningful gifts as they try to do more with less, says Bridget Mouchon, UW-Extension family […]

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