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Suddenly Frugal -- Holiday Edition(December 16, 2011)
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 12/16/11 -- While retail sales are expected to be up this year -- you still want to get the biggest bang for your holiday buck. Here are Suddenly Frugal ideas for Holiday 2011!
The Gift of Stock
If you'd like to give the gift of money smarts, check out the ING Direct Gift of Stock. It's a kit that comes with everything you need to start investing -- a $50 gift card for a ShareBuilder investment account, 5 free Automatic Investment Credits to help start building a portfolio, and a how-to video series from The Motley Fool on how to pick the right stocks. Best of all this gift that will last a lifetime and is worth $125 costs only $30. Stop into an ING Direct Cafe or visit the ING Direct website for more information.
Another gifting favorite is giving custom gifts that are utterly personal for the recipient. Turn to FedEx Office to create unique, personalized and affordable gifts. It's a great way to capture memories while giving a practical gift -- a calendar or stationery sets for example! FedEx Office can make personalized gift tags, luggage tags, holiday cards and more, as well as ship your gifts to family and friends. You can find more information about FedEx Office personalized gifts and shipping rates at the FedEx Office website.
Comparison Shopping for the Best Price on Gifts
Comparison shopping is a must for the holidays! Featuring over 20,000 merchants and retailers, Nextag is the largest comparison shopping website, scouring the web for the best deals to get you the lowest price on your holiday purchases. Over 1.5 million shoppers a day use Nextag to compare prices on everything from electronics to UGGs, helping them make smarter purchasing decisions. Best of all, shoppers can add items to their "Nextag Radar" to get notified when prices drop or more inventory becomes available. Visit Nextag for more information on finding the perfect presents at the best prices.
Save Money on Travel
Holiday travel doesn't need to be expensive or stressful. If you need to book lodging, go for hotels that offer free amenities. A great place to look at this year is Microtel Inns & Suite hotels, where rooms start around $60, and you get a ton of freebies -- free Wi-Fi, free local phone calls, free breakfast every morning, and kids stay free. It's an award-winning chain of hotels. You can get more information about Microtel Inns & Suites site.
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