How To Survive the Holidays in 3 Easy Steps. Plus, a Giveaway to Help Pay Your #HolidayBills!

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Nov 16, 2016

Just thinking about holiday cooking and shopping was stressing us out. Luckily, a couple of weeks ago, we asked you for your favorite holiday #SurvivalTips and as usual, you did not disasapoint. We read through them all, and figured out an easy Three-Step Plan to get us through to January 2.

Since you were so forthcoming with your assistance, we decided to pay it back. Enter our giveaway, and a lucky winner will receive $150 to help pay off some holiday bills!

Step 1: Plan early

That goes for cooking... "Plan plan plan ahead. I make the desserts ahead of time and put in the freezer. I also do slow cooker mashed potatoes, and make the turkey the day before, slice, and put it in gravy. On turkey day I heat everything up. I can visit and relax with my guests." - apeski

And shopping... "The best advice is that you can never start Christmas shopping too early. If you see items at good prices in September, scoop them up and that is one less present you have to buy." - sweetlee

Step 2: Don't Go It Alone

When friends or family offer to help, say yes... "Don't be afraid to accept their help when they offer. Some of my favorite conversations have taken place while doing dishes with my grandmother and aunts!" - MomOnTheEdge

And if they aren't offering, ask them... "Do not kill yourself trying to make a whole Thanksgiving (or Christmas) meal on your own, even if you are the hostess. Ask others to bring the side dishes and you won't be stuck in the kitchen the whole day." - Neyephe

Step 3: Treat Yourself Right

Give yourself a time out... "Always be sure to take care of yourself; eat healthfully, sleep soundly, and take time to do the things that make you feel best, whether it is reading a book, going for a bike ride, or lounging around watching your favorite TV show!" - stylinstar53

Get outside... "Best holiday survival tip: Take a walk!! Stressful family visit? Take a walk. Fussy, overstimulated kids? Take them for a walk. Ate too much at a holiday meal? Take a walk. First holiday without a loved one? Take a walk. Fresh air + nature + movement = stress zapper!!" - aneube

And when all else fails... "My holiday survival go to is a lot of chocolate and red wine. This chocolate and wine combo saves me from the stresses of the holiday season. It helps alleviate all the chaos from dinner parties, holiday shopping and the in-laws. I don't think I would survive without my wine and chocolate. " - Amanda5683

Luckily, there are so many wonderful things about the holiday season. What is your favorite? Tell us and you'll be entered for the chance to win $150 to help with your holiday bills!

There are two ways to enter:

Simply comment below and tell us what you love about the holidays.

AND/OR

Tweet about the giveaway!

Click here to Tweet: "Learned how to survive the holidays + entered a #HolidayBills giveaway, thx to @SheSpeaksUp! bit.ly/2fp91Pn

*One lucky commenter or Tweeter will be chosen at random to receive $150 through PayPal, or in the form of a Visa or Amazon gift card (winner's choice.) Giveaway is open through December 4th, 2016 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

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by Mary52284 | Maple Grove, MN
Dec 04, 2016

I love decorating the CHRISTMAS tree! This year we bought our first one! It even smells wonderful!

by Tristonia | Montross, VA
Dec 04, 2016

I love about the holidays is simply family time and at Christmas I love seeing my kids so happy and I love New years for having a fresh start

by kornsato | clay center, OH
Dec 04, 2016

broke love to win

by jesselynn23 | lake havasu city, AZ
Dec 04, 2016

The things I love mostn about the holidays is my mothers good cooking and baking all the holidays sweets and watching my babies open presents xmas morning

by brittanieann88 | Denton, TX
Dec 04, 2016

Everything...the cool weather, spending quality time with my loved ones, cooking & eating all the good food, shopping, wrapping presents, Christmas morning! Christmas is absolutely my favorite Holiday!

by kornsato | clay center, OH
Dec 04, 2016

love to win broke broke

by AshliNOdom | Panama City Beach, FL
Dec 04, 2016

The thing I love most about the holidays is getting to spend time with my siblings. I am the only girl and the oldest with four little brothers. I love them to bits and really enjoying getting to hear all about their lives, how school's going, and their plans for the future. It's awesome getting to be the oldest and the one they look up to and ask for advice!

by krs1221 | CARY, NC
Dec 04, 2016

Good luck to all. Holidays can be rough, one lucky ducky will get a little help! Merry Christmas

by AshliNOdom | Panama City Beach, FL
Dec 04, 2016

The thing I love most about the holidays is getting to spend time with my siblings. I am the only girl and the oldest with four little brothers. I love them to bits and really enjoying getting to hear all about their lives, how school's going, and their plans for the future. It's awesome getting to be the oldest and the one they look up to and ask for advice!

by Howtay23 | Maceo, KY
Dec 04, 2016

I love that family comes together to make more memories

by Kyarstin_Leigh | New whiteland , IN
Dec 04, 2016

I love making memories with my kids that they will remember for a lifetime! We bake cookies, buy gifts and send cards to those we love, and give back to less fortunate around us. I know what it's like to be 'that poor kid' during the holidays that gets donated food and gifts from teachers/classmates because everyone knew how we had nothing growing up. Now that I'm grown I love being able to give back and brighten a kids day reassuring them it can get better!

by EriLavi | Lafayet, LA
Dec 04, 2016

I love spending time with my family. This year is even more exciting with a newborn baby to celebrate with.

by kmbmrc88 | little falls, NY
Dec 04, 2016

& thank you for the chance to win!

by Alleycatof3 | Sweetwater, TN
Dec 04, 2016

What I love about the holidays is getting to spend time and see my family. Family is the most important thing to me.

by kmbmrc88 | little falls, NY
Dec 04, 2016

I could sure use this win! I have 2 girls to do Christmas for then one has a bday in January and the others birthday is in March! 'Tis the season to be broke! Merry Christmas everyone and good luck to all!!!!

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