It may sound about as much fun as having your teeth drilled, but budgeting really isn't that bad. Plus, it could make all your financial dreams come true.
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And some could save you a lot more than that.
There will be crowds. But if you can handle the hubbub, you'll score some great prices on stuff you use every day.
Budgets are about deprivation and discipline. No wonder they're hard to stick to. Here's an idea: Don't make a budget. Make a spending plan instead.
Running to the mall to complete the shopping on your list is fraught with temptation and possibilities to overspend. You've been good so far. Don't blow it now.
Some retailers have generous policies that aren't advertised, meaning more than ever that it's smart to ask for a discount.
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