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By Janet Reusch · Bankrate.com
Monday, November 25, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

Can’t hear those sleigh bells ringing -- just the cash registers jing-ting-tingaling, too?

You don’t need a budget the size of Santa’s belly to make the holidays special.

Whether it’s entertaining, cooking, gift-giving or decorating, tell us how you add a personal touch to the holidays without overspending.

The person who submits the best frugal holiday tip will win a $250 cash prize. A second-place winner will be chosen at random to take home $100.

Check out the seven ways to enter below, from Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Wednesday, Dec. 18. 2013_frugal-holiday-contest_winners

You can enter to win each of these ways, everyday!

Make sure to include #frugfabholiday with each social media entry, and tweet or tag @Bankrate.

  • Demo your holiday savings tip with an Instagram video. (worth 10 chances)
  • Demo your #frugfabholiday tip with a Vine video. (worth 10 chances)
  • Comment on this blog post with your frugal holiday tip. (worth 5 chances)
  • Tweet your tip. (worth 5 chances)
  • Pin your tip. (worth 5 chances)
  • Share the contest on Facebook. (worth one chance)
  • Tweet about the contest. (worth one chance)

Here are the Official Rules.

Update: Thank you to everyone who participated in our #frugfabholiday contest, and shared merry, money-saving tips!

Congratulations to our first-place winner, Kathleen of FrugalPortland.com!

Her frugal holiday tip was heartwarming, fun and practical for anyone:

Focus on bringing joy. Don't focus on how much you're spending. If you focus on bringing the Christmas spirit to others, you'll stop worrying about money, and consequently, you'll actually stop spending as much. Drive around, look at the lights. Go see Santa. Read the Polar Express. Have a hot chocolate. Enjoy all of the things this season brings, and you'll set yourself up for success.

Congratulations as well to our second-place winner, Taylor of North Carolina, who entered through both Pinterest and Twitter.

Check out some other great tips that were sent our way.

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19 Comments
Blake Kaplan
December 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm

My tip is to set a budget, pay in cash when you can and shop discount stores for deals.

Kathy B
December 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

When times are tight we try to focus on helping others which definitely helps make our holiday Merry and Bright! The children are aware that there are people with less and look forward to visiting the local rest home. We keep meals relatively simple by making a pasta or rice dish and having the roast or turkey as a side dish. And Santa's been know to shop on eBay at our house.

Blake Kaplan
December 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

Another tip of mine is to set aside money for holiday shopping throughout the year. #frugfab

Blake Kaplan
December 15, 2013 at 11:57 pm

My tip is to cut up old holiday cards and use the pretty pics as gift tags this year.

tiffany cheung
December 13, 2013 at 12:00 am

Set a budget to decide how much you can spend on gifts and create an account to keep track of all your expenses.

Kathleen
December 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Focus on bringing joy. Don't focus on how much you're spending. If you focus on bringing the Christmas spirit to others, you'll stop worrying about money, and consequently, you'll actually stop spending as much. Drive around, look at the lights. Go see Santa. Read the Polar Express. Have a hot chocolate. Enjoy all of the things this season brings, and you'll set yourself up for success.

Gwen H.
December 07, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I do a weekly cleaning and then just tidy up the house every few days. Keep the bathroom and living room clean. Have holiday quick snacks handy and a few last minute gifts. Set back and enjoy the season. Also listen to tons of Christmas music.

tiffany cheung
December 06, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Save your gift cards for after holiday sales and then shop in the clearance racks first! Organize a potluck party so you don't have to empty out your pockets! Make the dollar stretch more by creating your own decor, and get the kids to help!

Taylor D
December 05, 2013 at 8:01 am

I wait until after the holidays to shop for decor and save it year after year!

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