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 marcymiller00 | Webster City, IA
Nov 16, 2016

What I love about the Holidays is getting to spend time with the people I love.

by mrsanna522 | Mesa, AZ
Nov 16, 2016

I love spoiling my family & friends and treating myself without feeling guilty during the holidays!

by mcncheercoach | Milford, OH
Nov 16, 2016

I love spending time with family and friends. The festive spirit everywhere makes me happy, too!

by louielouie333 | Ravenna, OH
Nov 16, 2016

Surround yourself with family and the stress will disappear!

by EricaKirstin | AIKEN, SC
Nov 16, 2016

I love having all of my family in one place at one time, having a good time and making memories!

by Zenas3 | DESTIN, FL
Nov 16, 2016

We love all the decorations....all of them, even the ones on ugly sweaters!

by EnticingHealthyEating | AUSTIN, TX
Nov 16, 2016

What I love most about the holidays is the general good temperament everyone is in.

by MDVFROMLA | Parkton, NC
Nov 16, 2016

I'm just looking forward to some much needed family time. We are going with the 3 gift rule and quality time together!!

by prothumia | Houston, TX
Nov 16, 2016

Decorating the house, making special food, and hanging out with the family.

by cropmom66 | GREEN BAY, WI
Nov 16, 2016

I love getting together with family and friends. Always a good time, and a great stress reliever!

by lilang | NEWPORT, VA
Nov 16, 2016

The thing I enjoy about the holidays is time with my son who is a graduate student and doesn't get to come home much. Hubby and I focus on spending time with him and making memories.

by ghpc70 | CROWN POINT, IN
Nov 16, 2016

Just the feeling of the season! The magical feeling. Wish we had it all year.

by YourLifeAfter25 | ATLANTA, GA
Nov 16, 2016

I love being able to slow down and think about what's truly important. It's great to spend time with friends and family.

by bruinmommy | Torrance, CA
Nov 16, 2016

I love seeing all the decorations and spending time with the kids!

by poochiecoo | FARMINGTON, MN
Nov 16, 2016

Spending time with family & friends. Seeing those we don't get to see very often.

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