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Ask the Patch Pro: Local Experts Answer Your Holiday Budgeting Questions

Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions about shopping and maintaining a budget during the holidays in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.

It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions.

This week we're talking about sticking to a budget for the holiday shopping season. Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about wise holiday spending, but we needed a little help. 

We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:

  • Jerri Stroud: Editor, Better Business Bureau 
  • Anna Boulware: Professor of Accounting at St. Charles Community College and SCC's Program Coordinator of the Business Administration Department
Jerri Stroud December 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM
You could offer a service to each other - taking turns visiting an elderly relative, for example, or cooking a meal, an hour of baby-sitting or something like what Patti suggested below.
Jordan Lanham December 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Thank you for the suggestion Jerri! My family would probably laugh if I offered to cook for them, but doing something nice to help a family member is a great idea! :)
Just Saying December 14, 2012 at 03:21 AM
As three adult siblings with adult children, their spouses, kids and grandkids, it was impossible to continue to get together and give nice gifts to everyone, even drawing names for the younger ones and doing gift exchanges was not within everyones reach. Our family holiday gathering starts with plenty of food and laughs and continues on to our gift exchange, now is made up of many, many assorted "Rob your Neighbor" gifts and at least one loud hour of knock down, drag out fun! Everyone loves it and at the end, no one goes away empty handed! Just full of food, fun and happy memories!
Jordan Lanham December 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Another great idea! Thanks for sharing!
Bette J Glynn December 14, 2012 at 05:05 PM
All great ideas!!

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