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Want to save some time along with money?

"October is a good time to be reassessing what your larder's going to need for the holidays," says Quinn.

Prices on many holiday staples -- everything from spices to oils to broths -- are more expensive during November and December, she says. If you buy now, you save money and time.

So look at what you think you will do for the holidays. Ask: "Am I a pie baker or a cake baker? Am I going to be making cookies to give?" Then, Quinn says, look through the cabinets and see what you need.

If you have room in the freezer, that holiday turkey might also be cheaper now, she says.

Another way to save is to sock away extra portions in the freezer now for meals during holiday crunch time.

"You know you're going to have a crazy time" during the holiday season and turn to takeout or delivery meals, Quinn says. "But if you can pull out some chili that you've made or some soup that you've made, then you're ahead of the game."


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