Fun Christmas Traditions

The Christmas season is the most festive time of the year. It seems like there’s always some sort of activity or party to attend. However, some of the most fun things happen in the home. Here are some fun Christmas traditions that you can continue for many years to come.

Chocolate Advent Calendar – Everyone’s counting down the days until Christmas, so why not have an official countdown? If you have children, they get really excited to be the one to mark down the day and eat the chocolate that hides inside.

Postcards – Another fun tradition is to send out postcards every year. You can take the serious route with just a nice family photo, or you can have some fun with a silly photo. Santa beards for everyone!

Ornament Exchange - Fun Christmas TraditionsOrnament Exchange – This is a great excuse to gather friends, family, and neighbors at your house. You also get a fun new ornament to hang on your tree every year.

Secret Santa – Get all of your best friends together to exchange gifts. They can be as expensive or as cheap as you want and it’s a great way to see how well everyone knows each other.

No matter what you decide to do this holiday season, the important thing is that you spend it with your friends and family.

Tips for Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday Shopping

Thanksgiving is almost immediately followed by Black Friday shopping, which has become an event in and of itself. Get the most with your money by following these easy tips.

Do Your Research Early: Black Friday once took place only one day a year, but now, many retailers will have deals all week long – or even all month long. Check social media pages, catalogs, and various other specials beforehand.

Compare Prices: There are tons of resources online like ShopZilla, PriceGrabber, FatWallet, and more that allow you to price check items that might be cheaper at certain stores.

Use Loyalty or Rewards Programs: If you plan to shop a lot at one location, research that store’s loyalty programs and take advantage of the benefits they give you.

Make a Budget: Black Friday sales, even though the prices are great, are designed to tempt you so you end up buying more than you originally intended. Avoid this sales tactic by making a budget ahead of time.

Check Mobile Apps: Apps like ShopKick and RetailMeNot offer exclusive or hard-to-find coupon codes, and you may also have a few online coupons sitting around in your email. Make sure your phone is fully charged when you take it with you, too.

Ready to go Black Friday shopping now? The world is at your fingertips online, where you can get great deals, compare prices, and find coupons you couldn’t get anywhere else.