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The Best Times to Buy Just About Anything

Need another way to stretch your budget? Plan your purchases ahead of time so you can buy during the most cost-effective times of the year. Do you have plans for both big and small purchases this year? NEA Member Benefits talked to shopping experts, and here’s what they recommend for timing those purchases.

Do your homework

Compare prices online so you’ll “know the relative value of an item before you shop,” says Kathy Borrus, author of The Fearless Shopper: How to Get the Best Deals on the Planet. Read more

10 Smart Ideas to Stretch Your Holiday Budget

10-tips-to-maximize-your-holiday-budget_260x141If you’re tempted to apply for a loan to finance the winter holidays, you’re not alone. Individual shoppers spent an average of over $805 during the 2015 season, according to the National Retail Federation.

Where did it all go? An estimated $480 was spent on gifts for family members and $110 on gifts for friends; nearly $119 on food; just under $80 on decorations; about $45 on flowers; and about $38 on greeting cards, among other goodies.

All of that can add up to a major burden on an educator’s salary. Consider these budget-friendly tips to take the sting out of your holiday spending:
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