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  1. Jaw Dropping Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

    Jaw Dropping Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

    Gift ideas and finance options for Valentine's Day loved ones. Whether you are considering jewelry, a new car, home remodel, plastic surgery or a vacation, CreditSoup has finance options for them all.

  2. Ditch Holiday Drama with a Last-Minute Vacation!

    Ditch Holiday Drama with a Last-Minute Vacation!

    Craving a spontaneous adventure? Last-minute destination holidays might be the perfect remedy to satisfy your wanderlust. With the right mindset and a bit of flexibility, you can embark on a memorable adventure without breaking the bank. CreditSoup offers a few tips!

  3. 7 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Shopping

    7 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Shopping

    The holiday season is upon us, which means you’re likely shopping for gifts, decor, and other trimmings. The cost of holiday shopping can quickly cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars, derailing your financial goals and wrecking your budget.

  4. What to Avoid Buying on Black Friday

    What to Avoid Buying on Black Friday

    Retailers are desperate to make you part with your hard-earned money. They rely on retail tricks to convince you to open your wallet when you otherwise wouldn’t spend money. To avoid overspending, here are five Black Friday tricks you should know about.

  5. Shop Post-Holidays

    Shop Post-Holidays

    If you're looking to be thrifty this year, and the budget might be tight, consider purchasing such items either right after the holiday or out of season. CreditSoup has several ways this is a good idea.

  6. Christmas In July - Budget All Year Long!

    Christmas In July - Budget All Year Long!

    Yes, it's July. And yes, we're already thinking about Christmas! CreditSoup's Wise Spend Wednesday this week talks about saving money all year long for that holiday spending. It's hard enough paying bills around the holidays, only to add on the cost of meals, travel & gifts.

  7. Funding Fireworks On The 4th of July

    Funding Fireworks On The 4th of July

    Not only are there deals to be had this time of year, we certainly cannot forget about the Fireworks! If you're fortunate to live in such a state that allows the purchase and permission to shoot fireworks, the cost could make or break your holiday celebration. Be sure to do your research and ask around for the best deals at the local stands and outlet pyro stores.

  8. Top 5 Things To Do For Your Father

    Top 5 Things To Do For Your Father

    It's Father's Day and let's be honest... most father's do quite a bit for their children and wife. But realistically, do they really want that funny t-shirt or coffee mug? Probably not. They'd probably appreciate a day to relax, and not have to worry about fixing a tire, looking at the car, or checking off the "honey do" list. CreditSoup has narrowed it down to the top 5 things your father would appreciate for Father's Day.

  9. 8 Top Finds for Memorial Day Sales

    8 Top Finds for Memorial Day Sales

    It's no surprise it's Memorial Day weekend and everything you could possibly imagine is ON SALE! And, if you're lucky, you can take advantage of the rewards programs your own credit cards may have!

  10. Save Your Green!

    Save Your Green!

    It's St. Patrick's Day! Help save your 'green' with these 5 simple tips! If you start today, you’ll be saving more of your green before you know it!

  11. How to Repay Holiday Debt

    How to Repay Holiday Debt

    If you have debt after the holidays, you’re not alone. By using these five tips, you can get out of debt, and save money in the process, putting you in a more secure financial position for next year’s holiday season.

  12. 7 Ways to Make Money Over the Holidays

    7 Ways to Make Money Over the Holidays

    Trying to buy thoughtful gifts for friends and family and finding just the right outfit for every holiday party can hurt your budget. If you’ve been working on paying down student loan debt or building an emergency fund, the holidays can be a serious setback.

  13. Stuck with Holiday Credit Card Bills? Here Are Your Best Options

    Stuck with Holiday Credit Card Bills? Here Are Your Best Options

    Holiday debt isn’t always planned. Sometimes you head into the holiday season believing you’ll be able to pay off all the gifts you charge to a credit card, but then “life happens”. If you’re wondering what steps to take now, you may be surprised to find your credit card could actually help you get out of debt.

  14. Thanks For Giving

    Thanks For Giving

    Time spent giving rather than receiving is really what this holiday is about. Be sure and spend some time serving others and giving your gifts this Thanksgiving.

  15. Veterans Day

    Veterans Day

    Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

  16. Should I Get a Holiday Loan

    Should I Get a Holiday Loan

    While it’s a festive and cheery time of the year, it’s also expensive. Many people don’t have the kind of money saved in their bank accounts, leaving them scrambling to pay for holiday expenses. If that’s the case for you, you might be considering using a credit card to finance your purchases. But there may be another option that’s a better choice: a holiday loan.

  17. How to Create a Budget for the Holidays

    How to Create a Budget for the Holidays

    The holidays are rapidly approaching, so you’re probably coming up with gift shopping lists and planning your decorations and travel arrangements. But there’s one major task you have to do before you start making purchases: come up with a holiday budget.

  18. Independence Day History

    Independence Day History

    We celebrate Independence Day every year in America, usually with fireworks, barbeques, boating, swimming, fishing, bonfires, and family or friend get-togethers. But one might wonder just how did the infamous holiday came to be? We know general facts about "it's the birthday of the USA" and we are celebrating our independence, but what does that really mean?

  19. 3 Tips for Preparing Your Finances for Holiday Shopping

    3 Tips for Preparing Your Finances for Holiday Shopping

    Given that your holiday spending could very well end up being more than a mortgage payment, it’s important to get a handle on your finances well before you start swiping your way through holiday sales. With a little preparation and planning, you can ensure your finances make it through the holidays and into the new year.

  20. 5 Mother's Day Gifts Under $10

    5 Mother's Day Gifts Under $10

    Just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't get something nice for your mom on Mother's Day. Here are five classy and heartfelt items to consider for cheap Mother's Day gifts as the holiday approaches.

  21. Credit Card Tricks for an Affordable Valentine’s Day

    Credit Card Tricks for an Affordable Valentine’s Day

    Although Valentine’s Day has a long history, it has been celebrated as a day of love and romance for at least the last century (a time that, not uncoincidentally, coincides with the origins of the Hallmark card company). And, while the number of people celebrating the holiday has declined over the last decade, those still taking part are expected to spend more than ever.

  22. Best Rewards Cards for Holiday Shopping

    Best Rewards Cards for Holiday Shopping

    If you plan to shop for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or other winter holidays this year, it’s only natural to wonder if a credit card could leave you better off. After all, many credit cards offer travel rewards or cash-back and some offer consumer protections such as guaranteed returns and extended warranties.

  23. The Best Rewards Cards for a Valentine’s Day Splurge

    The Best Rewards Cards for a Valentine’s Day Splurge

    If you are hoping to score a slightly more exciting or luxurious Valentine’s Day this year, however, certain rewards and travel credit cards can help. Not only do some dole out rewards you can use for an epic gift, but some rewards are a gift on their own.Here are some of our favorite cards for an epic Valentine’s Day.

  24. How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Budget

    How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Budget

    The average person spends $140 on Valentine’s Day, which can feel impossible if you have little money to spend on the holiday. If you are strapped for cash but have a special someone to share the day with, never fear, a great Valentine’s Day date doesn’t need to break the bank.

  25. Take These 5 Steps Out of Holiday Debt

    Take These 5 Steps Out of Holiday Debt

    The bad news is, debt is pervasive, relentless, and a lot like Mogwai. If you feed it, it just keeps growing and growing as interest compounds over and over again. The good news is, there are some ways to put a lid on your holiday debt – and all your other debts – for good.

  26. Best Financing Offers For Coping With Holiday Debt

    Best Financing Offers For Coping With Holiday Debt

    Every year, the holiday season comes and goes. It starts with the flurry of retail sales that surround gift buying as well as the increased personal consumption triggered by the best deals of the year. But for many Americans, the holiday season ends with new debts and rising interest charges.

  27. Best Business Credit Cards for Holiday Spending

    Best Business Credit Cards for Holiday Spending

    Before you spend hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars on holiday gifts for your employees or vendors, it can pay off to spend some time figuring out the best business credit card for your needs. Here are some options to consider along with their pros and cons for the holiday season and beyond.

  28. 7 Companies Hiring Season Help Now

    7 Companies Hiring Season Help Now

    The holidays are undoubtedly expensive. However, you can cut down on your expenses by taking on a part-time seasonal job. You can make more money and can often take advantage of employee discounts, which can help stretch your budget further.

  29. This Rewards Card Gives You 5 Percent Back on All Your Holiday Shopping

    This Rewards Card Gives You 5 Percent Back on All Your Holiday Shopping

    If you’re gearing up for the holiday shopping season and looking for new ways to save, it always helps to think outside the box. Of course you’ll scoop up bargains on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but your deal-seeking doesn’t have to end there. With the right rewards credit card, you could get 5 percent cash back – or a 5 percent discount on most of your holiday gift-giving this year.

  30. Save This Holiday Season With Discounted Gift Cards

    Save This Holiday Season With Discounted Gift Cards

    Last year, Americans planned to spend $929 on holiday gifts. That number doesn’t even touch on decorations, holiday outfits, or travel expenses. To pay for those gifts, many people turn to credit cards. But, thanks to high interest rates, their credit card balance can grow over time and it can take months to pay it off.

  31. What You Need to Know Before Black Friday

    What You Need to Know Before Black Friday

    Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is noted as the biggest day for retailers of the year. Millions of people turn out in stores and online to score deals on electronics, clothes, and more. But before you camp out at the nearest department store at 2:00 a.m., it’s important to know that Black Friday isn’t always what it seems.

  32. Shop Small Business Saturday

    Shop Small Business Saturday

    Shop smart and shop small, as in small business, this Saturday, November 26th. Small Business Saturday takes place the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and offers great benefits to not only the business owners but also the shoppers.

  33. USAA offers great options for Veterans

    USAA offers great options for Veterans

    The USAA family of companies provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to 11.7 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength.

  34. 4 Ways to Avoid a Christmas Spendover

    4 Ways to Avoid a Christmas Spendover

    There are two different types of people when it comes to the holidays… those who think “It’s only October, I have plenty of time to do my Christmas shopping” or those who feel “There’s only 9 weeks til Christmas, I better get planning and finish shopping!” Many reasons exist that people procrastinate their holiday shopping, but a result of procrastinating can lead to spending a large amount of money at once, which doesn’t work for most people.

  35. Holiday Gifting: Don’t Go Overboard

    Holiday Gifting: Don’t Go Overboard

    How much do you plan on spending for gifts this holiday season? Make sure you don't find yourself in debt at the start of the new year by following these tips to help you save!


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