The stores are already starting to advertise for the holidays, and several major retails are pushing the option of layaway as an option to finance your gift giving. While layaway was not offered in stores for years, it is making a comeback due to the current economy. You can choose to use layaway or not this year, though it is certainly a better option than financing gifts on credit cards, but why not also start your own layaway program?

One idea that revolutionized the way I budget is to set aside money each month for recurring expenses. I used to be a teacher, and I could choose to teach classes in the summer or not. Sometimes I did teach the classes, but a few summers I chose to take off, which also meant that I was choosing not to get a paycheck for three months of the year. Considering I was the sole breadwinner at that time, summers could pack a painful punch.

However, I began to enjoy my summers off and not suffer financially when I implemented one simple budgeting technique. . .

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