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December 5, 2012

Debt Proof Your Christmas

Need some tips on how to make your holiday cash stretch?


The typical U.S. shopping mall is a wonderful place to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Christmas season. But when it comes to wisely spending your cash according to your holiday spending plan, you’ll be surprised how much further your money will stretch when you stay out of the mall—and find bargains online.

With charitable giving at its peak during the holiday season, here are some practical shopping tips to find bargain buys for donations, toys, and clothes drives.

Online Shopping Amazon began as an online bookstore, but it has expanded tremendously to offer every kind of general merchandise you can imagine through its network of affiliate merchants. Hint: Click on the gold treasure box at the top of the Amazon home page for “Today’s Deals.”

Shoes Imagine a shoe (and clothing) store that carries thousands of name brands and has more than 90 thousand styles, 600 employees, a customer service call center that is staffed 24/7, and two million pairs of shoes in stock and ready for immediate shipment. Free two-way shipping is standard at Zappos. If you need to return a purchase, simply print a postage-paid label from the Zappos website for a no-questions, postage-paid return on unworn items for up to 365 days. Click “On Sale” for offers on thousands of styles at discounted prices.

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