We love sharing tips for saving money when it comes to holiday shopping.  Maybe because we love saving money ourselves? So this week on the Spawned Parenting Podcast with Kristen and Liz we are hooking you up, big time. We’re rerunning a favorite show that includes some of the tips we’ve shared with national magazines, newspapers and on morning shows — and of course, with our readers for more than 10 years.

Spend 30 minutes with us and we can save you milllllions! (Kinda.) And since we recently talked about not letting the holiday madness get to you, staying on budget is another way that definitely helps eliminate at least some stress.

Take a listen right here or on iTunes or your favorite podcast app.

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Links discussed in this week’s show

Gretchen Rubin’s strategies for not overspending including accountability and avoidance of the mental loopholes we use

-The pros and cons of the top coupon sites.

4 favorite Chrome extensions to help save you money online shopping without doing a thing. (You can also find similar add-ons for Firefox and Safari.0

-Some of the best holiday shopping apps

Mommy Points (now part of the Points Guy family) is a terrific resource to help you maximize rewards programs and frequent flier miles.

The benefits of Amex Platinum if you’re a frequent traveler.

– The best reward credit cards each month are featured here.

-Kristen’s obsession: The Daily Budget app

-Liz loves using store apps that earn you rewards or discounts like Target with Cartwheel, Zappos, Amazon, Starbucks — free lattes, whoo!

-Even more tips we love for saving money when you shop online.

-If you’re freshening your closet, take a look at this post chorough comparison of the 6 top online consignment and resale shops and listen to our episode about how to make money and save money consigning your clothing


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The engaging stories highlight women across the political spectrum, on both sides of the aisle, with a diversity of backgrounds, showing that anyone can grow up to be the change they want to see in the world. And the compelling illustrations by Kylie Akia and Alexandra Bye bring it all to life wonderfully.

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You can also watch the book trailer right thorough this link. 

Our Cool Picks of the Week

Little Activist Gift Set comes with a "write to the White House" kit! | mompicksprod.wpengine.com

Liz: The Little Activist gift set from Love Bubby. It’s allso been seen in a past holiday gift guide of ours, as a top gift for empowered girls who are going to change the world!

Kristen: Acupuncture! It works! (And shout-out to Liz’s great friend, the amazingly talented Caroline Radice, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.)

Top image: kaboompics via Pixabay