How to Set a Gift Giving Budget for Your Family

I’m so excited to share this guest post by Anne from Unique Gifter!

Like every other category in your life, gifts need to be budgeted for too. Whether it’s those little expenses here and there for office baby showers and kids’ birthday parties or big purchases for birthdays and holidays, gift giving can really throw off your budget if you’re not prepared. If you don’t already have one in place, here’s how to set a gift giving budget for your family.

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How to Set a Gift Giving Budget for Your Family

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Spring Clean. Save Money.

Time to Spring Clean and Save Money

Spring Cleaning to Save Money

You may be wondering why I am talking about organization and spring cleaning now. Well, if you are Jewish then you know EXACLTY why cleaning is on my mind. One word: Pesach. Now is the time when I start cleaning for Pesach. I usually try to combine it with a bit of spring cleaning as well.

Now some of you may be wondering why I am talking about spring cleaning when I am not a lifestyle blog or a cleaning blog but a personal finance blog. (Maybe I should pivot though? Anyone? No?)

Spring Clean. Save Money.
Is your cleaning process as pretty as this picture? Mine invokes slightly different images.

Clean and Save Money

It all started with an eyeliner.

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How to Celebrate any Holiday on a Dime

How I’m Celebrating Purim on a Dime

With Purim coming and Pesach (Passover) soon after I’ve been a bit busy but I wanted to share with you how I’m planning on handling it financially.

Two words: tax refund. I use Turbo Tax to file my taxes becuase I have been using them for years and I’ve always been happy. Why mess with a good thing?

Thanks to the earned income credit and the child tax credit we are lucky enough to get a nice chunk back from the government.


We always give Maaser (charity) from the refund because we consider it income.  We try very hard to always give Maaser even though things are tight: I think it’s important to remember that even though we aren’t rich: we do have everything we need and a lot of what we want. Not everyone is so lucky. We transfer the money into a separate account and give it out as the opportunities come up.

 Purim and Pesach on a Budget

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