A host of holiday help

We know that this time of year can be trying for budget-conscious consumers.  Thankfully, we've developed resources to help you get through the holiday season with your budget and your sanity in-tact.  Here's where to go for whole lot of holiday help:

Regifting.  We've created an entire microsite, Regiftable.com, dedicated to the topic of regifting.  On the site you can read tips on how to regift right, listen to a regifting song, print some gift tags, send an ecard and enjoy consumer-submitted regifting stories.  You can also submit your own regifting story for a chance to win a $500 gift card to Amazon.com.

National Regifting Day.  Did you realize that there is an entire day dedicated to the art of regifting?  Well, there is!  And this year it falls on December 16.  Rush right over to NationalRegiftingDay.com to learn how to host your own regifting (White Elephant) party.

Gifting.  Here's a few last minute gift ideas that won't break your holiday budget.  And if your budget is especially tight this season, here's one way to explain the situation to your kids.

Gift certificates.  If you don't want to regift and can't find a suitable gift, consider giving your time instead.  We offer a free and simple-to-use tool to help you create your own customizable gift certificates

Tipping.  If you're not sure how much you should be tipping this holiday season, you're not alone.  In this video, I confess to being a holiday undertipper.

Shopping.  Want to be sure you get the best prices?  The key is comparison shopping and we've created a video all about it. 

Online shopping.  It's easy to compare prices when shopping online, just be sure that you are taking steps to protect your identity.

Travel.  If you are heading home (or anywhere else) this holiday season, use this simple travel planner to help you plan for expenses.

Shipping.  The cost of shipping is often overlooked, but can take a big bite out of your holiday budget. Here's how and when to ship to save the most money.

Food. If you're going to entertain guests, you'll want to check out the foodies' guide to four frugal fiestas.  For even more ideas on saving money on food, you can download the free Cheap Eats eBook.

Donations.  The list of opportunities to give to charity is long; here's how to be sure that your money is doing the greatest good.

Returns.  Soon, the lines will move from the checkout lanes to the return counters.  Learn how to make the return process simpler. 

New Years.  I'm talking resolutions, not parties.  Download the free New Beginnings eBook any time of the year for advice on how to get a fresh financial start.

If you have a helpful holiday resource to share, please leave a comment!

Kim McGrigg is the former Manager of Community and Media Relations for MMI.

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