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Thanks to everyone who entered- I think that is a record high for number of entries over here. We would like to congratulate Lyndsi (commenter # 1,089) on being the winner of this giveaway (chosen at random). Lyndsi completed all three tasks to win and got herself a big fat $500 gift card to Walmart. Thank you again to Walmart & Nickelodeon on this fantastic giveaway. Check back each week for more great giveaways!

Times are tight for everyone this holiday season. Wouldn’t it be great to have a little more cash?

Wouldn’t it be great to figure out how to make the cash you do have stretch farther?

Thanks to Nickelodeon and Walmart you can do both!

Yes, Nickelodeon and Walmart have teamed up to sponsoring a contest that will not only collect together some of the BEST holiday money saving tips on the web, they are also giving one lucky MomAdvice reader a $500 Walmart gift card!

Talk about a present that will always be the right color and size!

There are multiple ways to enter this contest, but for each entry you must submit a separate-that means different folks-holiday specific money saving tip.

Be sure you leave an email address with each tip. If I can’t contact you, I’ll have to choose another winner!

You can enter 3 separate times by doing each of, or any combination of, the following:

#1-By commenting on this post and leaving a holiday money saving tip.

#2-By writing a blog post mentioning a) this contest, b) Nickelodeon, c) Walmart & d) MomAdvice. Then in that post you have to give a different holiday money saving tip (don’t just repeat your original tip) and link back to this post. Then you have to come back here and leave another comment with the link back to your blog post.

#3-Subscribe to my blogs,(pick one or subscribe to all three) then leave a comment letting me know you have with, yes, another holiday money saving tip. If you are already subscribed you don’t have to do it again, just tell me that and leave your tip.

I WILL THROW OUT any entries that are not about the holidays, or that do not follow the directions above (ie didn’t link back to this post in their post, don’t mention Nickelodeon etc)

The winner will be chosen at random (using the random number generator) out of all the valid entries. I say again-the VALID entries. Make sure you read and follow those directions above folks!!!

The contest runs from today-Tuesday December 2nd through Monday December 15th at 12 noon, EST.

You can enter to win a $500 Walmart gift card not only here but at all of the ElevenMoms’ sites. You can only win once, but you can try to win at each site. Each contest may have slightly different rules, so make sure you read carefully! Many of the tips will be featured on the Elevenmoms site-maybe even yours!

So good luck! I am looking forward to seeing all the great ideas. . .



  1. 1551

    this year has been exceptionally tough money wise. So I saved all year to have 300.00 to spend on 7 children. I have shopped the sales and have stayed within my budget. They did all get new shoes which they all needed and clothing. I purchased toys online as they came up on sell. It will be a good Christmas and even better if I could win this camera to take pictures of it. Thanks

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    I’ve just subscribed to your blog! :) My money saving tip is simple: be concious of what you spend. I always make time (be it super early or super late at night) to get my shopping done sans kids, so I can give it my full attention (calculator and all) and without an extra pair of hands begging for/sneaking in off-list items.
    Happy Holidays!

  3. 1553

    I am the person who does the regifting! But I do it in a nice way. I will take shower gel and lotion and put it in a basket with flowers and a scrubby.

  4. 1554

    Great site!

    Something that I really enjoy is that my husband makes me a copy of some, (not all) of our pictures throughout the year and puts it to music etc. on a DVD It is really nice to sit down and watch what’s happened over the past year and is a GREAT gift that I cherish.

  5. 1555

    Homemade gifts are always the best! Also, instead of having to buy gifts for everyone, we like to draw names so we only buy for one person. It’s so much fun and we keep it a secret until it’s time to open! We have a lot of fun with it and many times wrap up some ‘gag’ gifts to go along with it too.

  6. 1556

    My holiday money saving tip is to do homemade gifts. They are less expensive, and usually more thoughtful. It shows the person that you cared enough to put some time and effort into their gift. Also, you could help those you love out; by doing chores, babysitting, getting groceries, baking them cookies, etc… You do not always have to spend money to give a gift. Whatever you decide to give, make sure it is fun and memorable. The best gift anyone can receive is love. Enjoy the holidays with your friends and family.

  7. 1557

    I’m in my 40′s and my parents are in their late 60′s, so instead of buying gifts for my parents at Christmas, each year they get a booklet of gift certificates full of coupons for free services from me (i.e. – one free oven cleaning, one shower/bathroom cleaning, one kitchen floor cleaning/waxing, one full-house vacuum, and one free full-house carpet shampooing, etc.). They hate asking for help for things like this that they have difficulty doing, but luckily they don’t have any problem using the coupons that were given to them as a gift – it takes the charity angle out of the situation and puts them at ease, allowing me to help this without them feeling guilty for needing help. It’s a great way to help out the seniors in your life, and it’s a gift that doesn’t take any money out of your pocket either.

  8. 1558

    One great way to save money on Christmas gifts that I use for family members is to go onto a photo site like Shutterfly(dot)com and upload some digital photos of your children and make a photo collage. You can put anywhere from 9 to 30 photos into a collage depending on the size you choose, and I like to do 11×14 collages of 20 photos. I pay for one photo print of the collage (they form it into one photo and print it out), then I take that photo collage print to a copy store and get duplicates made for all the grandparents, parents (i.e. step-parents or absent birth parents), and aunts and uncles. I mail the photo and a $5.00 gift certificate to the relatives who don’t live close, and buy low-cost frames and give the framed photo collages to relatives living locally. The cost is very low, and the satisfaction rate is enormous. In fact, after I did this for two years in a row I thought everyone would get sick of it, so I planned to do something else for Christmas the next year, but when several family members found out about my plan, they spread the word and soon emails and phone calls poured in begging me NOT to change their yearly gift… they LOVED the photo collages. Now, my sisters and brothers and I always exchange photo collages of our kids as our Christmas presents to each other. Thanks to my idea, we all have the most amazing photo history of our children as they’ve grown up.

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  10. 1560

    To save money this year we are playing pink elephant with an ornament exchange ($5 limit). Rember its the thouhgt that counts!

  11. 1561

    My money saving holiday tip is to buy a prelit artificial tree. It stays nice and green all year long and u never have to water it or worry if it will light up in flames,lol.
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  12. 1562

    I sew, so this year I made American girl doll clothes for my daughters and my niece…out of material scraps I already had!

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    My money saving tip has been going through purchases from my days of frequent work travel – which involved buying lots and never getting to the store to make returns in time! The products are all unused – so I’ve been looking through them to see if there is anything my friends/loved ones would appreciate. (I’m not going to limit my gift-giving to this though – since I still want to make sure people get things they’d want/need)