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Save money on your family’s holiday traditions

November 18th, 2013

Save money on your favorite holiday DVDs at Barnes and Noble. By Aimee Heckel 

Every family has its own holiday traditions. For some, it’s going shopping on Black Friday. For others, it’s decorating the tree the weekend after Thanksgiving, or organizing a family bake day. Other families go caroling or build gingerbread houses.

Here are some other fun holiday traditions — and how to save money on them this year:

1. Watching a Christmas movie classic, such as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, only $8.99 at Barnes and Noble. That’s 40 percent off right now. And yes, you can buy movies at this popular book retailer — and the prices are sometimes lower than even Walmart. (The DVD is $9.45 at Walmart right now.)

Save even more on your Barnes and Noble purchases with these coupons, plus get 4 percent Cash Back from Read more articles about saving money at Barnes and Noble here.

Bonus: For the die-hard Chevy Chase fans, check out this funny infant’s onesie, featuring one of the classic Christmas Vacation quotes.

2. Collecting Hallmark keepsake ornaments. Every year for 40 years, Hallmark has come out with a new line of holiday ornaments.

If your family collects these special ornaments, join the Keepsake Ornament Club, where you can get inside info and get exclusive collectible ornaments every year. Plus, this club will save you on shipping costs.

Money-saving tip: On Dec. 6-8, buy one ore more Keepsake Ornament and get $5 off your next purchase. Through Christmas Eve, buy any Hallmark Keepsake Ornament and you can also get a Santa Cupcake ornament for only $5.95 (originally $12.95).

3. Count down with an advent calendar. We love this Pottery Barn advent calendar for $69. Personalize it with a name, monogram or phrase for just $7.

Money-saving tip: Join Pottery Barn’s email list and save 10 percent off a purchase of $100 or more. Or get free shipping when you use a Pottery Barn Credit Card. For other Pottery Barn coupons, check out this list.

If you’re on a budget, offers a great website with information on how to make your own advent calendar with your kids.

Extra savings: Save money on other items for your kids with these coupons.

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Aimee's passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning news articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and she majored in journalism and German at Colorado State University. When she's not writing stories for a Colorado newspaper, she travels and volunteers for Think Humanity, her family's nonprofit that helps refugees and disadvantaged people in Africa. She's also a mom, a wife and a furious bargain-hunter. Reach out to her at, find her travel board on Pinterest, follow her on Twitter, or ping her on Google+.

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