Avoid big bills in January with simple budgeting and organizational tricks.―By Michael Kaminer
Stock up now on nonperishable and freezable items so you'll have them on hand when it's time to start baking and cooking.
TIP: If you're throwing a holiday party for a crowd, save money by going potluck. Choose a holiday menu at myrecipes.com and ask family and friends to each prepare one dish. You'll end up with a complete meal of complementary foods.