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This Holiday Season- How To Afford Gifts That Don’t Suck

Now, whether you’re faking the funk or really balling out of control, that’s completely your business! But just in case you need them, here a few tips to help you afford everything you’ll need this holiday season.

Part of being a prospering adult is how well we succeed once we leave the nest. Actually thriving at being independent can be so endering and vital that most of the time, it’s a contributing factor to our ever-growing millennial ego. We feel good about ourselves for being able to make it on our own in the world; away from home.

During the holidays when we travel back to our parents, highly competitive cousins, and siblings, we get to talk about ourselves and boast on our “success”- particularly by the gifts we bring home to put under the tree.

Now, whether you’re faking the funk or really balling out of control, that’s completely your business! But just in case you need them, here a few tips to help you afford everything you’ll need this holiday season.

  1. Cut Out Extra Costs: Subscriptions you don’t use- like Planet Fitness for crying out loud, $10 salads for lunch, excess shopping, extra glitter on the mani pedi. Stop it.

  2. Start Selling: List some of your unwanted items on sites like Offerup, Poshmark, Craigslist, Ebay or LetGo. You can even think about selling some of your old electronics on websites like Gazelle, that will even ship you a postage free box for your device and send you the cash via PayPal once they recieve it.

  3. No Spend Month: Give up 30 days of spending money on things that arent a neccessity. No shopping for clothes, no fast food, or unplanned trips. Opt for free things to do in your city as opposed to movie and dinner dates.

  4. Cyber Monday/ Black Friday: Bargain hunting is by far the easiest way to afford more with less, so why not take advantage of the two days of the year when everything is cheaper! Deal sites like Amazon are perfect for holiday shopping.

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