Year End Tax Savings Measures

 This is a good weekend to pause before the holidays get too close and think about year end family finances. To avoid waking up in mid-January with a "Christmas budget hangover", focus on shopping for gifts with either cash or debit cards. While you're in a generous mood, assess charitable organizations in your community who rely upon this time of the year to build a cushion that will last all year. Work on organizing family financial records. If your holidays will include travel, arrange for foreign currency if needed and budget beforehand to minimize your sticker shock when you return home.

Here's a great article from CNN Money that gives a basic overview of simple steps you can take this weekend to get financially organized – Seven Year-End Tax Saving Moves.


Lisa Hendey, Catholic wife and mom, is the founder and webmaster of and the author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul and The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, enjoys speaking around the country and hosts the Catholic Moments Podcast. Visit her at

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