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Happy almost Thanksgiving!  While the turkeys are roasting and you’re getting your home ready for invited guests, I’m sure you will be taking a peek here and there to see what you’ll be getting for Black Friday.  If you’re not, good for you!  Enjoy Thanksgiving the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

This week, our DealPros are pretty busy (that’s definitely an understatement) getting ready for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.  So instead of giving you more advice on Black Friday or any other shopping day that follows, they bring you some money saving tips for traveling, groceries and even off-setting costs of sales tax at Amazon. Saving money on your next family vacation

When I think of vacations, I think of removing myself from the daily stresses of life including budgeting and saving money.  I tend to buy things for higher prices at stores inside hotels and not even bother to scan through coupons from my phone to obtain discounts wherever possible.

This is a big NO!  I did this on my last vacation and while I was stress-free during the vacation, I was over-stressed when I came back to financial reality. 

You CAN save money on vacations, you just need to be conscious of how you are spending your money and put a budget in place.  If you need some guidance, read 5 Tips & Tricks for the {frugal} travelista from Smart Spending Spot.  One of her tips include upgrading your room, yes you heard that correctly!

Tips on saving money on your grocery bill

One of the largest costs for a household, aside from the mortgage and car payments are groceries.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a family of 1 or a family of 6, groceries can get costly and even costlier if you don’t know how to save using coupons, weekly ads and more.

I’m always looking to find ways to save money on groceries.  Since I have growing children who are always hungry, finding ways to save on these costs is essential to our monthly budget.  Here are 30 ways to save money on your food and grocery bill from Smart Spending Spot.  By making small changes to your shopping habits, you can save significantly on your grocery bill.

How to off-set your Amazon sales tax?

If you’re an Amazon shopper who lives in a state that’s subject to sales tax, it’s probably one of the worst things that could have happened in Amazon history.  Well, to me it was.  With items that are pricier, the added sales tax would mean a few hundred dollars extra in my final purchase total.

I still love shopping on Amazon because it’s like a Google to the world of shopping.  I go there for everything, including my research on items before I purchase them.  In order to keep costs low and still shop at Amazon, here are 6 strategies for off-setting Amazon sales tax from Mommy’s Wish List.

Recipes that will make you as happy as saving money

It’s that time of the year when we get to enjoy all kinds of foods, but we still can’t get enough!  Here are some recipes courtesy of our DealPros that will either inspire you to cook or bake tomorrow for Thanksgiving, or you can wait until Christmas to show off!

Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples by Sisters Shopping
Homemade Ranch Dressing by Simple Saving Savvy
Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies by A Few Short Cuts
9 Best Pumpkin Recipes by The Happy Housewife
Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake by I Am That Lady
Grandma’s Apple Strudel by Sister Shopping

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!  If you’re planning on doing some Black Friday shopping in stores, please stay safe from the crowds.  Come back next week when our DealPros talk about their best DIY gift ideas!

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