The Dime Roll: Busted Budgets, Family Gatherings, Finding Joy, & More

December 20, 2013

Trying to make the most of your upcoming family gatherings? Struggling with a busted budget? Find these topics and much more in this week's Dime Roll.

Money Saving Tips:
The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money at the Movies – 45 Tips! by Aaron on AndThenWeSaved
The cost of movies seems to have crept up substantially over the years. But that doesn’t mean you have to write them off altogether. This post has a multitude of tips for saving when you head to the theater.

10 Ways to Reduce Ridiculously High Child Care Costs by Marilyn Lewis on MoneyTalksNews
Child care costs can be absolutely astronomical depending on where you live, how many children you have, and how much care they need. If you’re looking to cut back on this major expense, check out these tips.

3 Ways an Auto Parts Store Can Save You Money on Car Repairs by Travis Pizel on MoneyNing
Most of us are pretty clueless when it comes to car repairs, let alone how to save money on said car repairs. Apparently before you shovel out money, you should check with your local auto parts store – this post explains why.

Money Management:
Why is Saving Money So Hard? by Susie Poppick on CNNMoney
If you have trouble saving for the future, it might be less about self-control than you previously thought. This article offers reasons for the shortfall and applicable ways to get you to start socking away some of your paycheck.

Money Lessons from the Grinch, Scrooge, and Buddy the Elf by April Dykman on GetRichSlowly
Let’s face it – sometimes personal finance advice can be a little dry. That’s why searching for financial lessons in the things we do find entertaining – i.e. Christmas movies – can be far more useful. Thus the reason I love this post.

Busted Budget? Try a No Spend Week by Kali on CommonSenseMillennial
Considering Christmas is now less than a week away, I’d think it’s fair to say that many of us have a busted budget. (Yes, myself included.) Just like a post-holiday diet, I think a no spend week is a great budget restart.

Food For Thought:
Family Gatherings: The Ultimate Mindfulness Training Ground by Leo Babauta on ZenHabits
There are several reasons why the holidays are stressful, but for many, family gatherings top the list. Prepare yourself with these tips and you might just be surprised by how well they go.

6 Secrets to a Joyful Life by Sarah Winfrey on Wisebread
Harvard scientists have been trying to determine what brings people joy since they began a study of 200 men in 1939. The findings might just help you determine what could bring more joy into your own life.

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