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Taxes suck, but Tax-Free Weekend always hits around late July to early August and makes it all suck a little less. These have recently applied to digital sales as well, and can even help to shave-off the costs associated with digital media downloads and buying year-long memberships to some of your favorite streaming services. Certain stores and online platforms will recognize these days with a, “Take an extra X percent off” type deal. Our recommendation: capitalize on those.
You've done it: Year one of marriage is officially in the books. We're sure it's been a blur—and has come with its unexpected moments—but reaching this first major milestone is huge. Just as important? That first anniversary gift. Luckily for you, there's a traditional year-by-year protocol to anniversary presents, which makes things easier when it comes time to picking something out. Your first anniversary is typically marked with a paper gift. Why paper, you ask? As far as anniversary gifts go, the medium's price tag is usually on the lower end of the spectrum, which is usually appropriate for couples who are just starting out.
In the old days, shopping for gifts during the holidays was quite the experience. People like you and me were forced to brave the harsh winter weather, combat crowds of frantic shoppers, and scramble from store to store to find great Christmas gifts during the busy holiday season. Most of us were limited to whatever the local shops and big-box stores had to offer, so finding unique presents and specialty items was quite a chore.
Christmas present ideas for teens can be a little harder to come by, but think about giving them something that's just for them. For the teen girl who loves to play guitar in her band, get her a personalized poster or plaque with her name on it to decorate where she practices. For the teen boy who loves to support his sports team year-round, get him a locker room print or jersey of his favorite team.
Most experience events, if not all, should also have you included in the initial cost. It’s not much of an experience if they don’t have someone to go with, and if you’re a best friend or sibling, you know them intimately enough to get something they’ll truly, deeply enjoy. That’s an experience that they’ll want to share with you. The biggest mistake that experience day shoppers make, is not including themselves and running into financial problems. Just understand those experience days, on average, don’t include the cost of transit, tolls, food, drink, etc.