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Share your #frugfabholiday tip to win

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
Taylor D
December 04, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I just saved 3% cash back by buying groceries on my credit card that offers rewards for these stores. I also pay it off each month so I don't spend my savings on interest!

Gale Daniel
December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm

This year I bought multiple small appliances on sale at Kohl's with a coupon and a discount percentage , all with rebates. Totaling $123 for two grills two crock pots two toasters two waffle irons. I'm getting $92 in rebates and $30 in kohl's cash. Then the impossible happened. I won the dream receipt so everything was paid for. Now I am selling all of it on swipswap for half of the present cost ($15 each) Then I am giving my children $50 Kohl's gift cards I am buying at Shell's gas station which will lower my fuel price 5 cents a gallon for each card with shell's fuel rewards card. Plus 3 cents a gallon for fuel rewards that will save me $8.43 on 43 gallons

Taylor D
December 02, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I try and shop through cash back sites and if I'm shopping in store I check my phone for competitive prices! @bankrate #frugfab -@banina9

Pamela
December 02, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I make home made gifts. Last year, I made flavored lip gloss, stadium blankets for my tail-gating brother, and a 365 reasons I love you calendar for my husband. The last one got me the biggest thank you ever.

Nicole Vosburgh
December 01, 2013 at 10:53 am

When I go out shopping this holiday season, I make sure to get the money saving/coupon apps on my phone and check to see which stores offer additional app coupons. I did so on Black Friday and saved over $100 just from visiting 3 stores.

Christina Z
November 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Keep a list of sizes and match store sales.

deanna hanson
November 30, 2013 at 6:22 pm

buy your presents all year long so it doesn't hit you only during the holidays, if you start in January you have the whole year to spread out the money for gifts

Blake Kaplan
November 30, 2013 at 12:49 am

My tip is to start early. You can get some great deals in July that maybe you can't get in December.

CESWYNN
November 27, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I'm always looking for sales throughout the year but, definitely during the holidays. I go on BradsDeals to find the best sales. I also shop at the.Family Dollar for little nic naks like, Christmas tree decorations.

Cynthia
November 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I'm hitting the thrift shops this year for gifts. You can always find some things new or fairly new. Since we're on 1 income this season, money is extremely tight so I' m counting the pennies!