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Shannon Martin

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How Much to Give for Holiday Tips

‘Tis the season for holiday tips. Every year I wonder which of our beloved and hard-working service providers should get a holiday tip. There are many different life situations that dictate who, how much and what should be given. I’ve done some perusing of the online variety to find out what holiday tipping etiquette prevails. Following is a list of many people that generally receive a holiday tip – and ideas for what those tips could be.

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Try a Home Swap For a Cheap Vacation!

Try a Home Swap For a Cheap Vacation!

These days many people have to forgo a lot of extras due to high bills and lower incomes. A vacation is one of the first things to get canceled. When bills are stressing you out, it makes sense (to me, anyway) to take a little time out to relax. Cash in some airline points or pick a destination within driving distance, find yourself a person to swap homes with and enjoy a nice, cheap vacation!

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Save Money with a Babysitting Co-op

Save Money with a Babysitting Co-op

In the last six months, we’ve hired a paid sitter only twice. That stinks. I want (and need!) to get out and relax more often. This is where a babysitting co-op comes in. It’s a really simple system – a group of parents trade babysitting with each other. No money changes hands. It’s FREE! When you sit for another family’s child you earn points. When you have another parent watch your child, you spend points.

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