H&R Block Emerald Advance Program PLUS $300 READER GIVEAWAY

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This economy is tough and H&R Block recognizes that. Sometimes a bit of extra cash can be the difference. What would you do with a cash advance? Go ahead and share your tips, tricks and even experiences with family budgeting! Whatever your story may be, we look forward helping to educate followers on the Emerald Advance credit line in hopes of making this holiday season a bit easier on the old pockets!

More details on H&R Block Emerald Advance:

  • Starting TODAY November 19th, apply to get up to $1000 cash in time for the holidays
  • All you need to apply is a valid photo ID and your most recent pay stub (no W2 form required!)
  • You don’t already need to be an H&R Block client to apply

I love H&R Block. I’ve used them for years on taxes and I’m glad to see them offer this. This is perfect for families who are struggling and need a little extra help to get through the holiday season. I know I use every available resource this time of year. I sell things on ebay and craigslist. Take old toys and clothes to a consignment store. I use layaway.  This is just another way to help the financial burden his time of year. Make sure you head on over to the H&R Block Emerald Advance Program website to learn more about this awesome program.

I’m SUPER excited to announce that H&R Block is giving 1 Southern Bella’s Ways To Save reader a $300 Gift Card to help you just in time for Christmas!

Now onto the Giveaway!

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***Disclosure: The prize was provided and may be shipped to the winner by H&R Block, but H&R Block is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of H&R Block. Entrants must be 18 or older and located in the US only. Winner to be chosen at random.***


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    With a cash advance I’d take the family on a mini Christmas vacation, before Christmas.
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    Michelle V. says:

    I would buy some Christmas gifts!

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    Pam says:

    i’d get all my xmas shopping done. it’s been struggle lately. i’m actually going to have to start looking for a job soon :/
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    Katherine says:

    I have a wedding coming up that I will use it for

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    Jessie C. says:

    I’d use it for holiday shopping and maybe a few skiing trips.

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    amy pugmire says:

    I would use it towards x-mas presents.

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    Andrea says:

    I’d use the money on Christmas presants for the kids and some car repairs.

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    Kim Henrichs says:

    I am trying to plan my vacation and get airfare when it’s cheap. I would definitely use it for that!

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I am moving into a new apartment soon so I would use it for buying household items like dishes and towels. I always try to use coupons to save money.

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    Mike says:

    I would pay some bills and buy Christmas gifts.

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    I would buy some x-mas gifts with a cash advance. we use coupons to help with family budgeting

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    Valerie says:

    I would finish my Christmas shopping so I could relax and enjoy the season

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    Lisa Brown says:

    I would pay bills

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    Margaret Smith says:

    I would use it towards Christmas shopping for my kids and not use any credit cards this year…:)

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    Peter G says:

    I would put things on layaway and put a nice down payment for gifts for the holidays.

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    I would get a new lens
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    Sonya Morris says:

    I would get my holiday shopping completed.

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    I would buy my daughter a Kindle Fire HD for Christmas!
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    Karen says:

    Pay a month ahead on the mortgage and then go and buy holiday presents for the little one and hubby. For budgeting, I try to shop around and compare fliers.

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    The Mom Jen says:

    I’m not going to lie, I would use it for my 40th bday trip to Vegas in January! Maybe buy tickets to see a fabulous show or even dining at the “Eiffel Tower.” <3
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    deb c says:

    I would put it towards a bedroom set. I budget by using coupons, shopping sales, and limiting Starbucks stops.

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    I’d use it to buy myself some new clothes.
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    Mare S says:

    I would use it toward the holidays and upcoming birthdays.
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    Kayla says:

    I would probably start to pay off our credit cards or use it for the holidays!

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    I’d probably use it toward airplane tickets to visit my in-laws (in the Netherlands).
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    Elena says:

    I would pay the bills

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    Nataly Carbonell says:


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    Janet W. says:

    I would put it towards Christmas gifts and paying off some bills.

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    Kealey Bird says:

    I would buy my kids presents it’s been a reallly rough year with the car needing repairs

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    Vickie Riddle says:

    I would buy for my family.

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    nicole says:

    put half in savings and use rest to pay off bill;s

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    Emily N says:

    Pay for Christmas presents so you don’t have to charge them.

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    Kim D. says:

    I’d use it toward Christmas gifts.

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    karen d says:

    We haven’t taken a vacation in a very long time – I would use the money toward an overnight at a nice hotel with a pool for the kids. They would love it!

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    Jennifer Marie says:

    I would buy winter clothes for my family. I save money buy using coupons.

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    Wendy T says:

    I’d take my son to the dentist with a cash advance.

    Thank you.

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    I would pay the medical bill I received today.
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    debbie jackson says:

    to pay medical bills debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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    Kenny F says:

    I would save it

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    swoodsonsays says:

    i’d buy a new dishwasher! we budget with google docs so both of us can input things.

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    Eve says:

    Buy some clothing and toys for my family

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    ellen beck says:

    I would use it to help pay down some dental bills.

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    Kellie Rose Wilson says:

    Put part of it towards bills and use the other for Christmas gifts!

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    Amy Orvin says:

    Stock up on pet supplies!

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    Tami Vollenweider says:

    I would buy some special gifts

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    Kristie says:

    I’d do some Christmas shopping.

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    MommyJenna says:

    I would pay off some bills so I’d have less worry

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    Cindy says:

    Birthday presents.

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    Katy M says:

    $300 would take care of Christmas for our family! What an awesome giveaway!

    To save money this time if year I’m sure to grab a couple of extra newspapers the Sunday before and after Thanksgiving- this is when manufacturers release a ton of high value coupons. It really helps me save on bakes goods this time of year


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    Rust says:

    New glasses, they are sooo expensive!

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    Kristi C says:

    I would have some repairs done to my oldest child’s car.

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    DARLA KIDDER says:

    I would use it for Christmas.

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    debbie says:

    I would use it to pay bills, and christmas shop.

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    Vickie Couturier says:

    I would buy some school clothes for my grandsons they are in bad need of some new jeans,an fill up my tankwith gas,times are hard,buy some groceries to stock up

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    Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Would Use It To Shop With Coupons And Stretch It Far With Savings And A Budget !:)

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    D Schmidt says:

    I would put the $300 towards either new clothes for my children or moving costs. My only real tip for saving money is to write shopping lists before you leave home and coupon.

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    Jennifer Madigan says:

    I would love to use this to help get us into our new home. We are moving across the country and there are a lot of little expenses that keep coming up. We still haven’t sold our current home so we are going to be very strapped for cash.

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    brittney says:

    i would pay down some dr bills

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    Ann Fantom says:

    If I won, I would put the $300 towards my credit card bill.

    I set a dollar limit for each person before beginning shopping, make a list for each person, and then make sure I stick to it.

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    Cynthia C says:

    I would buy groceries for the holidays.

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    Tian A. says:

    I wouldlove to use it to buy my own computer. My family use coupons and we buy clothes that is on sale/clearance, it saved a lot.

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    amber says:

    i would buy some winter sweaters

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    Ashley H says:

    I’d pay off my student loans.
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    Suzanne K says:

    I’d buy gas and groceries, two of the biggest budget busters for me

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    stephanie says:

    i could use this for christmas

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    Kathleen says:

    i would buy christmas gifts

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    Claudia says:

    I would get an I pod for Christmas, Than you!

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    Sarah Hirsch says:

    i would take a vacation

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    Tabathia B says:

    I would probably be able to get my kids all winter clothing by combing coupons with great holiday sales

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    Ashley Hatten says:

    I would buy clothes & shoes for my kids! thank you!

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    rachel says:

    i would pay some bills or put it towards a new pc

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    Kyl Neusch says:

    pay some bills

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    Michelle H. says:

    I’d take a trip to Home Depot and get new tile and indoor outdoor carpeting for my back door. The carpet there is almost 30 years old and an embarrassment. It would be nice to come home and walk into the door and not go “YUCK” each day LOL>

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    Ellie W says:

    I would get some long overdue dental work done.

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    Sarah S says:

    I would pay off some vet bills.

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    Claire says:

    I’d use it for groceries.

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    Mary Calabrese says:

    I’d probably take my hubby out to dinner.

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    Denise M says:

    i would use it to pay extra on my student loan

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    Lisa Davis says:

    I would use it for Christmas presents.

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    Wanda McHenry says:

    I would use it to buy stuff for our new house, if we ever get it! lol

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    latanya says:

    I would put it toward a credit card bill

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    Jason Crooks says:

    I would use it for our family trip to Orlando

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    Daniel M says:

    holiday shopping and bills

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    nannypanpan says:

    thanks fo rthe chance would be great for christmas

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    kfloveinme says:

    I need a vacation STAT! If I’m the lucky winner I’m booking a trip to someplace warm.

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    Tammy S says:

    I would use it for Christmas gifts and books for next term for my son.

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    danica says:

    i am a couponer so i could really stretch that 300 dollars

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    Juan Sanchez says:

    Education is my priority, so I’ll save it for my college funds

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    Audra Weathers says:

    I would put it towards Christmas presents. I find it helpful to shop sales for Christmas ideas year around.

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    Jill says:

    I would use it to pay off a dental bill.

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    amanda r says:

    Id pay for Christmas with $300
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    Brittany says:

    I would use it towards Christmas gifts!

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    Nadine L says:

    I would pay of the last past due bill we have to catch up on from my husband being out of work for a year and a half from an accident

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    Deanna G. says:

    I would use some for groceries & save the rest.

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    Becky Davis says:

    I would use it to buy a new cell phone.

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    Betty Baez says:

    pay off bills and probably take a mini vacation with the family

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    Virginia Rowell says:

    I would use it to pay off some bills before Christmas.

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    April Yedinak says:

    If I got a cash advance I would use it to get a car. My tips for saving are to make a budget and stick to it. I shop with a list and coupons and I don’t allow myself to be tempted by things not on the list.

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    courtney b says:

    i would buy a new tv!

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    Patti says:

    I would use it for Christmas presents! lebl9077@bellsouth.net

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    June L says:

    I would get a Nintendo 3DS XL for me and my husband.

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    Crystal F says:

    I could pay the back taxes that we owe and get them out of the way. thank you!

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    Michelle S says:

    I would pay bills ahead.

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    sara m ford says:

    Getting this would be much needed and help us so much this year. We have been trying to save but its so hard something always coming up and taking the money we had put away for the kids Christmas

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    Justin C says:

    I need to pay down my credit card. Can’t pay it in full this month :/

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    John K. says:

    I would snag a new laptop, or use it to partially pay for one!

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    April j says:

    I would buy Christmas gifts with it! I love shopping online this time of year because I can get really good deals without having to leave my home!

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    Allison Downes says:

    I would use this towards Christmas presents

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Kathy Artis says:

    I would use cash advance on bills or something useful

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    Heather S says:

    I’d purchase Christmas gifts & groceries!

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    Marcia Goss says:

    I would splurge on a weekend getaway for me and my husband.

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    tuesday says:

    We have had a very hard year so, I would use it for Christmas gifts

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    Denise L says:

    Pay down debt!

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    Libby says:

    I would put it into my emergency fund! I have been working hard to feed my emergency fund and this would be awesome!!
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    Becky Kuntz says:

    Pay bills and buy extra presents…

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    Kelly H. says:

    I would buy christmas gifts for my daughters.

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    Lee says:

    I would use the cash to pay bills and buy Christmas presents.

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    Jenna Parsons says:

    I would use it for groceries. We help budget by writing down every expense.

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    Tiffany Stone says:

    I would use a cash advance to start the new year caught up on bills.

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    Austin Baroudi says:

    I’d get my daughter and my girlfriend more gifts for Christmas!!!

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    Stacey B says:

    I’d use it towards Xmas gifts. My shopping trick is I check all possible sites for the best price. Google Shopping and Nexttag are good sites to use for that

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    Ttrockwood says:

    I would save half and use the rest for gifts for xmas for my parents

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    G Andolina says:

    I’d pay down some outstanding bills. Boring but very satisfying

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    eugaet says:

    I’d buy a couple of Kindles for the whole family!

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    Glenna F says:

    I would pay bills, I shop for Christmas all year so that I don’t have to worry at the end of the year.

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    Liz Newsome says:

    I would use it on my trip to China to visit my sister!

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    Tamar says:

    I’d pay some bills.

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    Nichole Miller shamblin says:

    I would never use cash advance, we have only 2 loans (1 out of 3 cars and mortgage) also no credit cards with balances and we only have one major card at that. We only use a bank card if we don’t have the cash for it then it’s something we do not “need” If it’s an absolute emergency we do have the one major credit card.

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    With a cash advance I would set it aside for after Holiday Bills that come in

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    linda brooks says:

    I would use it for Christmas presents, and I try to only pay with cash around the holidays

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    Molly Bussler says:

    Christmas Gifts for my family

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    Jannie Bryant says:

    I would use it for property taxes.

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    Rob Hestar says:

    I’d buy my mom a Kindle fire which she wants.The rest I’ll get my best friend and me something :)

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    Lindsey M says:

    I would use it towards remodeling our new house

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    ashley says:

    i would buy christmas presents

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    MelissaO says:

    I’d put it toward credit card debt.

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    Vill Schiff says:

    the first thing I would do with Cash Advance would be to go buy a much needed new laptop for school.

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    Deb C says:

    I’d buy Christmas dinner and a few gifts.

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    Michele Baron says:

    I would pay off some bills

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    Denise S says:

    I would stock up on household supplies.

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    Colleen Boudreau says:

    I would use it to buy Christmas gifts. :)

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    Geoff K says:

    I’d pay off my next two student loan payments so I can build up our savings for the start of 2013! I usually take any extra income, from contests, tax returns, etc., and use some of it to pay bills or debt in advance so I can keep things under control, and the rest to go into savings in case of emergencies or unexpected expenses!

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    natasha says:

    I would pay my sons preschool tuition
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    Hannah allard says:

    If i won it would have 2 go on a new washing machine as our is shut with sticky tape at the mo an often leaks water

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    Miz Vickik says:

    Stock up on some food goodies for the holidays!

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    Paul L says:

    Pay off most credit card balances and sign up for new 0% APR deals to save on interest payments and start the new year fresh.

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    Carolsue says:

    I would put a payment down on our Visa Card

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    JoAnn F. says:

    With a cash advance we would do much needed work done in the house.
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    Angela Cisco says:

    I’d pay my phone bills and use whatever was left toward Christmas

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    Michelle W says:

    I would pay down some bills. My budgeting tip is to plan what your going to buy before going to the store and sticking to the list. Impulse buys are never helpful to the budget

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    Brandy B says:

    I’d do most of my shopping online to find the best deals and cash back incentives.

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    Diane Baum says:

    I would pay a medical bill

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    Katie R. says:

    I would buy Christams presents for 2014 during the after Christmas sales when items are at their deepest discounts

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    Kim W says:

    I would put that money towards my bills and I don’t really budget I just try to spend less

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    Judy S says:

    I would buy groceries and buy some gifts for my grandkids.

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    Leslie L. Stanziani says:

    I would use this to get gifts for my 4 kids.I usually save a little every month but this year had to spend all my savings as I had to have surgery .

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    alyce poalillo says:

    Times are tight so I would use this extra for everyday needs-food, cat food and bills. Budgeting is easier when you have a small amount to work with-essentials only.

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    Erica C. says:

    With the money, I’d use it on home decor since we just bought a house…and we don’t have cash for little extras.

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    Mary Cloud says:

    Pay bills
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    Pauline M says:

    I would get some basic supplies for my household and in terms of budgeting, we live by the Dave Ramsey rules… live like no-one else so you can live like no-one else.

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    Kiara says:

    I would put that money towards groceries.

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    Danielle D says:

    I would pay some bills!

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    jennifer r says:

    I would use it to buy supplies for birthdays that fall right after the holidays. I try to save some of our Christmas money back for birthdays so that the gift budget does not take too big of a hit all at once.
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    dani marie says:

    i would get my car smogged and buy books for school. being a broke college student sucks.

    what i would like to do: buy an ipad mini.

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    Lori Walker says:

    I would take my husband to dinner with a cash advance.

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    I would help my daughter pay her pet deposit and to get her pup fixed.
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    jules mcnubbin says:

    i’d use it for christmas presents…i am horrible at budgeting LOL

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    Renski says:

    I’d use to cash to buy a few gifts and save some for future needs. Thanks

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    susan smoaks says:

    I would use the cash advance to get some little bills paid off for a few months, like cable, phone and internet. To save money we live very simply. We do not have to have the best of everything. We get by with very little and we are happy!

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    April Brenay says:

    this would go towards food in the house, 300 is about what I spend every 2 weeks

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    Sonya says:

    I’d use it towards bills and a couple of kindle books :-)
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    Judy S says:

    the quickness of being approved is wonderful.

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    Dee Hadley says:

    I would catch up on some bills and buy something for the family to enjoy.
    Saving money: Instead of going out to the movies,we rent a movie and grab some candies,popcorn and some sodas or juice boxes and watch a movie together at home. Saves alot of money when you are talking about 5 people.

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    Barbara Fox says:

    I would buy some groceries. Being unemployed sucks.

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    Jeni Lutz says:

    I would use it for christmas gifts for my kids.

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    Tara Woods says:

    I would buy groceries.

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    Mary Casper says:

    I would stock up my freezer before meet prices go up again

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    Valeen N says:

    I would make a payment on a trip my daughter is taking for school!

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    Eileen Burke says:

    Bills, bills, bills!

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    Cee Love says:

    I would buy Christmas presents. We actually have a new surprise permanent addition to our house hold. She is 7 years old and I have no Christmas money left over and I have no idea what to do…

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    Lisa Garner says:

    I would use the cash advance to pay for Christmas gifts.

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    Melissa VandenBerg says:

    I would pay of some bills.

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    Susan Smith says:

    I’d put it towards gas and groceries and for Christmas gifts

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    Joy Q says:

    I would go Christmas shopping.

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    Shannon says:

    I’d buy groceries, I don’t have any tips

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    Get a head start on birthday season which starts next month. We use coupons whenever we can and I try to save as much with sales.
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    Lily Kwan says:

    I would pay bills.

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    Tanya White says:

    I would get new brakes for my car

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    Beth Palacios says:

    I would use to pay off some bills. Ah, that would be nice….

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    YVONNE LOPEZ says:

    I would by something for me. as Mom’s we tend to put ourselves last.

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    Rosey says:

    I’d use it for Christmas shopping. And my tip is when buying anything online be sure to Google for discount codes first!

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    Jody Sisson says:

    I would use it on bills.

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    Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I would put a good amount towards debt and also take my kids out for frozen yogurt.

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    Jeanette H. says:

    I would use it for Christmas gifts for my family

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    Barbara Montag says:

    If the cash advance is $300 – I’d put $200 in my savings account and treat myself with the rest.
    I’m grateful that I’m good at budgeting – otherwise….
    Thank you.

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    Samantha Meyer says:

    I would use it to help pay off some of the bills

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    Tracy Allen says:

    I would use it for home improvements.
    My mother had a habit of depositing extra money in her bank account but NOT entering it on the register sort of like secret savings – I’m sure there must be a better way!

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    Jill L says:

    I would use it to pay off the orthodontist. I use coupons to help keep to the food budget.

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    Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…would use $$$ to pay my January credit card bills ! We budget for our holiday gift purchases, but any extra goes on a credit card…usually < $400.00.

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    Charlene Kuser says:

    I would use a cash advance to buy some new living room furniture.We recently took out a loan to
    pay credit cards off and it saved us a ton of money because of the high rates on the credit cards.

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    Andrew L. says:

    Buy Christmas Gifts

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    Sharon says:

    Save it for a rainy day! They always come! I stretch the grocery budget all I can with inexpensive meals and staples!

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    N Sunshyn V says:

    I would use it to pay some of the medical bills that have piled up.

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    hazel says:

    I would use it to get professional clothes for my new job as all I have is “mom” clothes!

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