How to eliminate debt and add money to your budget this holiday season


It always feels like the holidays sneak up on us. We’re relaxing on summer vacation and before we know it, it’s November and we haven’t even started shopping – let alone saving.


But you’re in luck – there are a few things you can do now to minimize stress, eliminate holiday debt and actually add money to your spending budget.

Lifestyle and smart-shopping expert Trae Bodge says start now and look for online deals. Utilizing sites such as or to earn cash back and even free gift cards that can be funneled back into your holiday season.

Bodge also says that by planning means of transportation now, you can save money on flights, trains and busses. The longer you wait, the higher those traveling costs will be. When looking for those deals, be sure to use site like to acquire points to be used on or – therefor doubling your savings.

For more tips on how to save this holiday season, watch the full segment below or see it air nationwide on California Life with Heather Dawson.