Christmaswith no debt, less stress, and more joy!
Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also one of the most stressfuland most expensive. Expectations run high, and it's tempting to whip out the credit cards to create the perfect Christmas, with lavish meals, new decorations, and the latest, greatest gadgets and fashions for everyone on your gift list.
But you don't have to overspend or go into debt to have a fabulous holiday.
Financial expert Mary Hunt shows you how to assess your situation, commit to no new debt, and think creatively about gifts. With Mary's guidance, you'll discover what caused you to overspend in the past and how to approach this Christmas with a plan. It just might be the best gift you can give yourself and your family.
Mary Hunt is an award-winning and bestselling author, syndicated columnist, and sought-after motivational speaker. She is founder and publisher of the interactive website Debt-Proof Living, which features financial tools, resources, and information for her online members. Her books have sold more than a million copies, and her daily newspaper column is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate and is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Everyday Cheapskate readers. Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such as Good Morning America, Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Focus on the Family. She and her husband live in California.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
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About the Author
Mary Hunt is founder and publisher of Debt-Proof Living® (formerly Cheapskate Monthly™), which has 35,000 print subscribers and an average of 800,000 website hits per month. Her books have sold more than a million copies, she was the financial columnist for Woman's Day magazine, and her daily newspaper column is syndicated through United Features. The author of 7 Money Rules for Life, Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such as Good Morning America, Oprah, and Dr. Phil. She and her husband live in California.
Table of Contents
A Note from the Author 9
1 Christmas-Back by Popular Demand 15
2 Shaping Your Attitude 24
3 Developing a Plan 31
4 Finding the Cash 38
5 Getting a Holiday Head Start 45
6 Holiday Dilemmas 51
7 The Gentle Art of Gift-Giving 60
8 Finding the Bargains 71
9 Gifts from the Kitchen 93
10 Gifts in a Jar 108
11 Gifts from the Garden 135
12 Family Gifts 146
13 Traditions Are the Glue That Holds Us Together 156
14 More Gift Ideas 168
15 Wrap It Up! 189
16 Dressing the House 199
17 Holiday Entertaining 213
18 Family Fun 219
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was just last week that families everywhere were gathered around the table giving thanks for their blessings and enjoying the fruits of their labor. For some of these families however, their time was cut short this year. Why? Because some had to report to work, while others simply chose to go and get in line @ some retail store on Thursday evening for the NEW TIME and NEW KICKOFF of Black Friday. Call me crazy, I'm all about a good deal, and I am a Black Friday shopper but I don't go stand in line for any store nor do I go at some crazy hour!! I know just how crazy the atmosphere is even when I arrive sometime after noon! Mary has some great ideas that just might change your mind about how you do your Christmas shopping next year! Mary Hunt's Debt-Proof your Christmas is filled with sooo much more than a recommended plan for getting through your Christmas debt free. She shares great ideas for gift giving, creating a plan for your budget and even the tools you'll need to be able to purchase a gift for that special person far before Christmas arrives. There are recipes for home-made gift giving as well as great holiday entertaining tips! Her BLACK FRIDAY is spent at home with her family, working together, making memories and far far away from any mall or outlet shopping! Even if you have your shopping done and have all those gifts wrapped and under the tree, this book is one that will help you regardless of when you read it. In fact, it is one that will benefit you as the new year arrives. It will be one to refer to as the year goes quickly by and would make a Terrific gift for just about anyone! I know I will benefit from this book greatly! Thank you Donna Hausler and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review! It is most definitely a 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s
Mary Hunt in her new book, “Debt-Proof Your Christmas” published by Revell gives us ways for Celebrating the Holidays without Breaking the Bank. From the back cover: Christmas — with no debt, less stress, and more joy. Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also one of the most stressful–and most expensive. Expectations run high and it’s tempting to whip out the credit cards to create the perfect Christmas for your family, with lavish meals, new decorations, and the latest, greatest gadgets and fashions for everyone on your Christmas gift list. But you don’t have to overspend or go into debt to have a fabulous holiday. Financial expert Mary Hunt shows readers how. She helps readers assess their financial situation, commit to no new debt, and think creatively about their gift list. With Mary’s guidance, readers will identify what has caused them to overspend in the past and approach this Christmas with a plan and a new attitude toward holiday spending. This just might be the best gift you can give yourself and your family. Mary Hunt has put a few cartoons in ”Debt-Proof Your Christmas” and one of them has a husband, his arms filled with bill statements, telling his wife who is standing there with horror on her face, “We’ve just been visited by the spirit of Christmas past…due!” Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. It seems to change most everybody. You see more smiles, more willing to get along, more sharing at Christmas than at any other time of year. It is also the time of year when we feel the pressure to purchase things as we need to have presents under the tree, we need to have Christmas parties with big dinners at our home, we need to have Christmas clothes. All these needs cost money which we may not have and so we rack up credit card debt. A comedian wrote, “If you didn’t have the money in May, June, July, August, September or October then you probably don’t have it now so don’t give in to the “Black Friday” sales call. Otherwise you might experience black out Saturday as you spent the light bill money. ”Debt-Proof Your Christmas” is loaded with helpful advice, tip, dos and don’ts that will help to keep you focused, on-track and sane. It is not a gloomy picture that Ms. Hunt presents us with it is just a matter of self-control and a battle plan that begins longs before December. ”Debt-Proof Your Christmas” is a great book. You might want to hold it in a special place on your shelf you might be referring to it again and again. This is also a great book to give as gifts to family and friends. They will think of you every time they put it to use. I recommend it highly. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” “Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”