by Mike Petrucci, shopping, Hallothanksmas Money Management 

It’s Hallothanksmas season – merry trick or turkey!

Happy Hallothanksmas! Yes, it is that time of year. Department stores juggle the upcoming event of Halloween with fall decorations, Thanksgiving accessories, Hannukah and Christmas bells and baubles. It is a chaotic crash site  of celebration, with piles of candy corn mixing with tiny chocolate Santas. Nervous consumers fear that each sale on holiday fare is the last one, so they pile their carts with mini-lights, mennorahs, scarecrows, and sleighs. There is so much candy my teeth hurt just walking down the aisles. It is Hallothanksmas in all its glory. It’s…

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Have a great holiday season – and still stay on budget

Holidays can sabotage a budget. When I was a young single mother with two small sons, I came home after work one evening a few days before Christmas to find that someone had broken into my home. The burglars lifted a patio door off its track and entered the house, taking anything of value. It didn’t amount to much, since I lived in a rental and barely made enough to keep food on the table some weeks. But the burglars took the microwave, earrings, a roll of postage stamps, the thawing…

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