Monday Shout Outs: Holiday Tipping, Parties and More

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Hello everyone. Hope you’re having  a swell Monday today! Last week, the unemployment rate finally fell a bit to 8.6%, which is the lowest it has been in almost 3 years. While this is in part due to people leaving the work force all together, it’s still a small step towards economic recovery.

Today is also the first Monday in December and the holiday season is in absolute full swing!  As a result, the next few Monday Shout Outs will likely have a bit of a holidays flavor to them. On that note, let’s get on with our favorite articles from last week.

Top Articles Last Week:

Holiday Tipping Guide [CNBC]
A comprehensive article outlining the “who” and “how much” of giving tips during the holiday season as well as what to do if you can’t afford to give as much as you’d like.

How To Throw a Frugal Holiday Party [My Dollar Plan]
We love these tips on hosting your own holiday bash for the people you love without blowing through your budget.

20 Ways to Avoid Packing on The lbs This Holiday Season [Money Crashers]
And while we’re on the subject of throwing holiday parties, we might as well feature this great article on how to survive the holiday season sans expansions to your waistline.

Consider Working At a University to Help Pay For College Expenses [Free From Broke]
Employees of universities can often get their own tuitions or the tuitions of their children heavily subsidized. Consider working at a university to score this benefit for yourself.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in December [Wise Bread]
Did you know that it’s cheaper to buy toys the week before Christmas? Read this article for tips on what to buy and what to pass on this month. And, as always, only buy things that are a ‘good deal’ if you need them!

Got any good holiday tips to share with us? we’d love for you to  submit an entry on our ‘Readers Response’ post for a chance to win an Amazon giftcard.

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