The Dime Roll: Avoid Overspending at Christmas & Gift Giving on a Budget

December 18, 2015
This holiday season, The Dime is taking on the theme of giving back. We have dedicated a portion of our posts, including our weekly Dime Roll, to introducing volunteer opportunities all over the state and other ways for everyone to lend a hand or give back to the community this holiday season. 

The official countdown is on! The holidays are just a few short days away but if you don’t have all your shopping done, not to worry! We have some helpful gift-giving guides and other resources for you.

If you enjoy giving back to the community this time of year, we also have some suggestions on local organization that could use extra help this holiday season. It’s all included in this week’s Dime Roll!

This week on the Dime:

Five Financial Items to Consider Before the End of the Year

Tough Time of Year for Teachers

Upcoming Holiday Volunteer Opportunities:

Denver Rescue Mission or the Fort Collins Rescue Mission – You can donate your time or money to the homeless population of Colorado. Serve meals on Christmas Day or simply donate money to helping feed and provide shelter to those in need, all year round.  

Food bank of the Rockies – One in seven Coloradans worry where they will find their next meal,  nearly half of them are children. Food Bank of the Rockies provides food to more than 400,000 people throughout the year. Find out more about the variety of their volunteer opportunities by clicking here.

Personal Finance Tips:

Gift Giving on a Budget by Julie Mitchell via PolicyGenius

The Broke Millennial Checklist to Avoid Overspending at Christmas via BrokeMillennial

Food for Thought:

Use or Lose your Flexible Spending Account by Kay Bell via Bankrate

Saving Money by Cooking Even When You’re Not Home by David Ning via MoneyNing